紀念日 / Memorial date
斐理伯．李納德，1856年 5月 28日出生於意大利比哀蒙省的魯村。他在年幼時已認識鮑思高神父，但到二十一歲才被鮑思高神父說服，度修道生活。1882年晉鐸後，負責培育成人聖召。
1931年 12月 5日他於杜林市安逝；1990年 4月 29日，獲教宗聖若望保祿二世冊封為真福。
Blessed Philip Rinaldi
Blessed Philip Rinaldi, the third successor of Saint Don Bosco, was born on May 28, 1856 at Lu Monferrato (Alessandria) in Italy. He met Don Bosco at an early age. The Saint saw within the young man the makings of a good teacher and a future Salesian, and he took personal care to ensure that Philip continued his studies. At age 22, Philip entered the Salesian order, and he was ordained a priest in 1882.
As a priest, he was entrusted with the formation of the aspirants and novices. In 1899, Fr. Rua sent him as Director of the community of Sarriá, Spain and later as provincial leader. In this role, he contributed greatly to the development of Salesian Spain.
Appointed Vicar General of the Congregation, his gifts as father and the wealth of his initiatives became even more evident. He set up formation centres to offer spiritual and social assistance to young working women, planned printing works, and guided and supported the Salesian Sisters through a particularly sensitive period in their history.
Working with the Zelatrici di Maria Ausiliatrice, he saw the possibilities for a new form of consecrated life in the world and made it a reality. This group would later become the Volunteers of Don Bosco. He was elected Rector Major in 1922. “All that is lacking to Fr. Rinaldi is Don Bosco’s voice: he has everything else,” Fr. Francesia exclaimed.
He used all his energies in adapting Don Bosco’s spirit to the times. He did much to develop Salesian studies and was a master of spiritual life. He worked to renew the spiritual life of the Salesians, had absolute confidence in God and unlimited trust in Mary Help of Christians. He also asked Pius XI to grant the “indulgence for sanctified work”. Moreover, he took great interest in the missions, sending many young Salesians to learn languages and customs so that evangelisation might be more effective.
He died on December 5, 1931 and was beatified on April 29, 1990 by St. John Paul II.
God, infinitely good father,
you called Blessed Philip Rinaldi,
the third successor of St. John Bosco,
to inherit his spirit and works:
Help us to imitate his paternal goodness, his apostolic initiative,
and his tireless work, sanctified by union with God.
Grant us the graces we entrust to his intercession.
Through Christ our Lord, Amen.