Mission Statement

“The mission of ‘The Pannese Society’ is to promote the cultural, social, spiritual, and educational heritage from “Panni, Italy”.  We are committed to record and preserve our heritage and culture to our present society. The society will strive to keep our heritage through our patron saint, community and cultural activities for future generations to come.“

Pannese Heritage and Culture:

“The mission of “The Pannese Society” is to promote the cultural, social, spiritual, and educational heritage from “Panni, Italy”.  We are committed to record and preserve our heritage and culture to our present society. The society will strive to keep our heritage through our patron saint, community and cultural activities for future generations to come.

Our mission statement represents that of all Italian immigrants living in Rhode Island. The time has come to “keep our Italian Heritage alive” for all readers, who have a blood line back to various places in Italy. According to statistics, Those who understood their family heritage and participated in family functions, where apt to live and enjoy a better life style. All of us come from a certain cultural background and need to try and bring some good to today’s society. I have just returned from Panni, Italy and experienced what culture and heritage means to them.

 My wife and I were treated like royalty, with a meeting  with the mayor at the town hall, tour of the town and a nine course dinner like a wedding. My visit has given me a different view on what is important to the people of Panni, compared to the people in Rhode Island.  I was so amazed to learn  so many things that I felt needed to be reported back to the members of our society.

I returned home with many gifts and stories to tell. But, the most important thing I wanted to do was bring back my experiences on how people lived in the mountains of Puglia, Italy.  This has already begun with the signing of cultural proclamations on April 10th, 2013 between The Pannese Society, two Italian newspapers and the Town of Panni.

Our plan within this column is to report to the readers of what keeps our heritage alive in Panni, Italy.  Once we learn this, we can try and incorporate some of them within our society. I am in the process of creating an extensive power point presentation, that will tell the story of Panni.  This will be presented in the near future and will be open to the public. If you want to learn about Italian heritage, I suggest you attend.

You will see for yourself, how they make their own cheese, preserve their crops, educate their children and take good care of their elderly. Religion seems to play a big part in their lives. Four churches in a small town, patron saints, town band and  parades involving the entire community.

Hopefully readers will begin to realize how important their family heritage is and what it means to those who live a simple life. Helping each other, joining the community and celebrating their culture, means the world to them.

Ask yourself the following, do you?

– Understand  your heritage
– Value your heritage
– Care about your heritage
– Enjoy your heritage
If yes, then get involved and make a difference!
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From the religious point of view, apart from the mother church and the sanctuary of the Madonna del Bosco, Pannesi, in 19th century erected parish churches not: the Annunciation, the Purgatorio, s. Vito and the ordeal, and with the churches also arose the brotherhoods. The piety and devotion of Pannesi are markedly mariane, tied to a particular event: the discovery of a wooden statue of the Madonna on a tree of cerro in the nearby forest, 7 km. from rags. In memory of that event was erected a church, later became the shrine, dedicated to Maria SS. Crowned del Bosco. In 1503, by Thomas Pitcher, Lord of cloths, next to the shrine was built the monastery that housed the Augustinians, at which it was entrusted with the care of the sanctuary. Since 1737, when Augustinian Fathers abandoned the convent, the sanctuary and the properties of it passed to the parish priest of Clothes, both for pastoral care and administration. Later the Church was enlarged, but the convent, is no longer used, gradually falling into disrepair. There is currently a project of restoration of the former convent.

Even the Pastors are to do: in 1952, on interest and initiative of Mons. John Senerchia, reached Vocazioniste sisters Cloths to take educational commitment in the parish nursery and offer cooperation in pastoral activities, as well as, always by Mons. Senerchia, were to restore the Church; in 1958, on the occasion of 50 years of priesthood, Mgr. Senerchia built the steeple Spire with luminous cross, by appealing to the generosity of migrants and of the faithful. With the new parish priest, don Antonio Longo, the valid religious experiences lived pannesi: from March 27 to April 2, 1966 took place on the Marian Congress, prepared and carried out by Fr. John Ruggiero of Convents in Rome, and from 28 May to August 20, 1967 took the “Peregrinatio Mariae” at all the shoes, which ended with the liturgical Week (13-20 August).

Due to frequent earthquakes, the Church, built from scratch just over a century earlier, in 1842, had continually need repairs and restorations. The damage caused by the earthquake of 1962 led the priest to decide for a radical solution: demolish the indoor facility and reconstruct another safer, according to the modern canons of construction. The demolition lasted from 1972 to 1976 and construction since 1980 to 1985 while he was parish priest of dons Michele De Michele Cloths. The new rectory, built in 1972 to rustic, was brought to partial completion in subsequent years by Don Michele. At the end of the academic year 1978/79 ceased nursery activities for lack of children and nuns Vocazioniste left shoes, after more than twenty years of active presence.

From May 8, 1995, As community is led by Father Antonio Saraceno, assisted by a community of young people from every continent who aspire to become missionaries for evangelism. This community, founded and led by Father Antonio Saraceno, was canonically recognized Archbishop of Foggia-Bovino, H.e. Mons. Giuseppe Casale, January 25, 1997 and is named “Mary star of evangelization.

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