Friday, March 21, 2008

From Sicily to Gloucester, tradition lives on

About this time of year 12 years ago, Nina Groppo’s mother in Sicily was diagnosed with breast cancer. Groppo, devastated with the news, promised St. Joseph she would hold a novena and a St. Joseph’s Day feast in her Bass Avenue home, as her mother did in Sicily.

Groppo and her family and friends prayed for her mother during the novena, with rosary beads and an altar set up in her living room. “I think the whole world was praying for her,” Groppo said. “To this day, you ask the doctor and he says it is a miracle. They removed it. No chemo, nothing.”
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