Father Gilsdorf: Garabandal Saved My Priestly Life
“Our Lady of Garabandal has sustained my priestly life all these years. With joy and gratitude I present my testimony…”
These are the words of Fr. Richard W. Gilsdorf taken from an article written for GARABANDAL Magazine in July 1990. Fr. Gilsdorf, who passed away in 2005, spent a life of priestly service to the people of the Diocese of Green Bay Wisconsin. He was a supremely well educated scripture scholar holding degrees from Columbia University and the Sorbonne and actively involved in the debate on the course of the Catholic Church in America.
As a published author his articles appeared in the Homiletic and Pastoral Review and The Wanderer and have been collected in a recently released work The Signs of the Times: Understanding the Church since Vatican II. He was the founder and first president of the Confraternity of Catholic Clergy. Like Father John Hardon, he was also a firm believer in the Garabandal events, spreading the tenets of Our Lady’s Message through his priestly ministry.
We are most fortunate to have the certainty that many of the initial impressions of the Garabandal events were recorded and interpreted by holy priests. We preserve on our website the published writings of Fathers Pelletier, Turner, Benac, Laffineur and de Pesquera as the primary historical documents which chronicle the apparitions and maintain their interpretations of the prophecies.
Among these priests, we would highlight this work by Fr. Gilsdorf for its emphasis on the dignity of the priesthood which is derived from the central role of the Eucharist in the Church and also for the comparison of the Garabandal prophecies to the revelations of St. Faustina Kowalska. In the wake of Our Holy Father’s successful visit to America, we echo Fr. Gilsdorf’s plea to renew the priestly life and the life of the Church throughout the world by drawing nearer to Our Lady and living her Message more fully in our daily lives.