OUR FOUNDER


 

Our Founder

Msgr. Aloysius Schwartz was born in Washington, DC on September 18, 1930 to Louis Schwartz and Cedelia Bourasa. He grew up with the idea of becoming a secular priest, work as a missionary and his apostolate would be to the poor.

Our Founder At 14, he entered St.. Charles Seminary in Maryland, finished B.A. Degree at Maryknoll College and studied Theology in Louvain Catholic University in Belgium. He used to spend his vacation helping at the rag pickers' camps for derelicts of the French society. Visiting Banneux, where the Virgin of the Poor appeared, he was more inspired to dedicate his priesthood to the service of the poor in fulfillment of her message.

In 1989, he was afflicted with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), which he accepted with joy and serenity as a gift from God. His illness made him immobile but still, even on a wheelchair, he continued to fulfill his duties with joy. He spent hours before the Blessed Sacrament, praying the rosary, hearing confessions, and heroically preaching in words and examples the virtues of truth, justice, chastity, charity and humility. He never missed celebrating the Holy Mass except on the lasts days when he could no longer get up from bed. His love for God and the poor consumed him. He did not only help the poor but also he lived poorly.

On March 16, 1992, he breathed his last at the Girlstown in Manila. He was buried in Silang, Cavite. The Cause for His Beatification and Canonization has already been submitted to the Congregation of Saints in Rome.