Part 2 of 3
Padre Alfredo Pallotta C.P.
In Part 1 of this article, we discussed the intercession of Saint Gemma Galgani in a recent exorcism in Italy, as described in the book “The Rite-The Making of an Exorcist” (2009- Random House Inc). Encouraged and edified by this recent account of the assistance of Saint Gemma in the battle against evil, I was prompted to contact Padre Alfredo Pallotta C.P., (update: + R.I.P., born May 16, 1924, died July 24, 2012) a Passionist Priest who, until 2007 was for 13 years the Chaplain at the Monastery-Sanctuary of Saint Gemma in Lucca, Italy. Interestingly, Padre Alfredo is also a longtime exorcist, especially assigned to this ministry by the local Bishop.
In his assigned capacity as exorcist, for 13 years Padre Alfredo performed countless exorcisms in a special room at the Monastero-Santuario di Santa Gemma Galgani in Lucca. For years, people from all over Tuscany have sought him out in their battle against the demonic. He is also known for his extraordinary devotion to St Gemma, and has written four books and six prayer booklets in her honor. Padre Alfredo has also recently written a book entitled “Un Esorcista si Confessa” (An Exorcist Confesses) Edizione Fuori Commercio, 2005. On page 267 of this book, he writes about the extraprdinary prescence and heavenly assistance of St Gemma during an Exorcism that he was performing. He also writes that the demon(s) refer to her as "the stigmitized" or "the stigmatic". In his letter below, he lists the 4 books and 6 prayer booklets that he wrote in honor of, and devotion to Saint Gemma.
I have received your very nice letter. I do not know how you knew my name and my address.
I am pleased to know you, even if only by letter, and that you are very devoted to Saint Gemma, and what you have done for the Saint with your web site. I offer many good wishes for your large family.
I have been at the Sanctuary of Saint Gemma in Lucca for 13 years as confessor and exorcist. I have written some things about Saint Gemma which I have the pleasure of sending to you. I will now answer your three questions.
1) –You ask me about my devotion to Saint Gemma. I cannot not have it, above all after having lived 13 years in her Sanctuary. But every Passionist is devoted to Saint Gemma, because she had been a true Passionist who taught us all how one truly loves Jesus Crucified.
My devotion to Saint Gemma: I recite every morning, “Prayer to Saint Gemma for the Conversion of Sinners”; every day I give many blessings, whether to people who come to me or who ask me for a blessing by telephone; I always invoke Saint Gemma for them.I have preached to the Passionist Sisters of Signa, Florence: “Spiritual Exercises with Saint Gemma.”
1- Saint Gemma Galgani – The Gift of the Stigmata; 1899-1999; (Centenary of the stigmata)
2- Friends of Saint Gemma. (In memory of the centenary of the stigmata – 1999.
3- Mary in the life of Saint Gemma Galgani – Month of May with Saint Gemma (In the anniversary year of her death – 2003)
4- A Holy Hour with Saint Gemma on the text of Blessed Helen Guerra (On the 104th anniversary of the stigmata of Saint Gemma)
I hope to be able to publish: “Spiritual Exercises with Saint Gemma,” and “Hours of the Passion with Saint Gemma through every month of the year.”
I am 85 years old. Next March 4th I will celebrate my sixtieth year of the priesthood. For the occasion I will publish anew: “An Exorcist Confesses: An Obedience and Mandate for the Sanctuary of Saint Gemma: Confessor and Exorcist”, which I printed for the feast of Saint Gemma and my birthday, May 16th 2005.
2) You ask me—if I understand correctly—if I can give you information on Saint Gemma that is not commonly known. This you could ask from the Passionist Nuns of the Sanctuary of Saint Gemma of Lucca, who know so many things about her not written but handed down by tradition.
3) You ask me finally that in my exorcisms if I have ever been assisted by Saint Gemma and if the Saint is a good advocate.
Certainly she is a great advocate for exorcists. She has often been near me in the exorcisms, above all when I carried them out in her Sanctuary. She was present to help me in fighting the Fiend who had so often opposed her in life. The demon often informed me of her presence, calling her the “stigmatized”.
In an exorcism—June 17th, 2007—the Fiend confesses that the “stigmatized” had called upon the Madonna to drive away some wicked spirits who were in the person I was exorcising.
Dearest Mr. Glenn, I hope I have answered completely your requests.
Thank you for contacting me.
Many wishes of every good from the Lord for you and your family…
May the dear Saint Gemma assist you and protect you always, and may your site dedicated to her be able to do much good for all its visitors.
(signed) P. Alfredo Pallotta, C.P.
P.S. I wrote these prayers to Saint Gemma:
1- Prayer of the Pilgrim
2- For Family Unity
3- “I should think only of sinners”
4- For a difficult case
5- Death of Saint Gemma — April 11th 1903 — Holy Saturday
6- Prayer to Saint Gemma
Padre Alfredo now resides at the Passionist Community (Comunità dei Passionlstì ) in Colleramole, Tavamuzze, Fl Italy. As stated in his letter, on March 4, 2010 Padre Alfredo will celebrate his 60th year in the priesthood. We ask God to bless him and draw him ever closer to His Sacred Heart.
***Update: Padre Alfredo Pallotta C.P. passed from this life to his eternal reward on July 24, 2012.
Back when I interviewed Padre Alfredo for the St Gemma website, the good Padre kindly sent me several of his books, and I was especially pleased with the book "Un esorcista si confessa: Un'obbedienza e un mandatodo al Santuario di santa Gemma: confessore ed esorcista"
By reading the book one can see that Padre was a devout priest, faithful to Jesus and the teachings of the Church. He was known for his deep devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary, and also Sts. Padre Pio and Gemma Galgani.
And in serving the people of God as a priest for over sixty years, many also admired Padre Alfredo for all the good that he did through his many exorcisms that he performed throughout the years. He helped countless souls by freeing them from the demonic. May God reward him for his many years of service as a priest after the Heart of Jesus.