Fr. Gobbi died in Milan, Italy at 3:00 PM (local Italian time) on June 29, 2011, the Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul. He had been hospitalized since June 19 after suffering a heart attack.
All of the national and regional directors of the MMP were gathered for their annual spiritual exercises at the Shrine of Merciful Love in Collevalenza, Italy from June 26 – July 2. Fr. Gobbi’s body was taken from Milan to Collevalenza on June 30, where a Mass was presided by Cardinal Ivan Dias.
That same day, his remains were returned to Dongo, Como, Italy (his birthplace) where the funeral Mass was celebrated on Saturday, July 2, the Feast of the Immaculate Heart of Mary.
Milan, January 1, 2011
First Saturday of the month and year
I accept death however and whenever the Lord desires, renewing in the Immaculate Heart of Mary my “Yes” to the Divine Will.
I leave as my spiritual testament everything that is written in the book, "To the Priests, Our Lady's Beloved Sons,” and I attest that the messages contained therein were received by me under the form of interior locutions.
In a spirit of thanksgiving to Our Lord and to Our Lady, I ask that, after my funeral Mass, the Magnificat be sung by all.
I ask for a very simple funeral. In lieu of flowers, I request that works of charity be done. I desire to be buried in Dongo, in the Shrine of Our Lady of Tears, at the foot of the Altar of the Crucifix. If that is not readily available, then I ask for a temporary burial in the Chapel of the Clergy in the cemetery in Dongo.
As I have consecrated every moment of my life, in the same way I consecrate to the Immaculate Heart of Mary the moment of my passing from earth to Heaven and from time to eternity.
I thank everyone for all the good that I have received. I ask pardon if I have involuntarily offended anyone.
To all members of the Marian Movement of Priests and of the Marian Movement, I promise my special protection and a particular help from Heaven where I hope to enter through the mercy of the Lord and with the help of your prayer.
I bid you goodbye, as I look forward to meeting you under the glorious mantle of the Queen of All Saints, and I bless you in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
Father Stefano Gobbi, priest.
A cenacle is composed of the following:
- Invocation to the Holy Spirit.
- Recitation of five or more decades of the holy rosary.
- Prayers for our Holy Father, the Pope.
- Reading and meditation on one or more messages given in the book, "To the Priests, Our Lady's Beloved Sons."
- Fraternity /Fraternal sharing.
- Act of Consecration.
If circumstances permit, the cenacle may also include any of the following:
- Holy Mass
- Liturgy of the Hours
- Holy Hour
- Silent Prayer