Saginaw’s Bishop Joseph Cistone died on October 16, just eight months following his announcement that he had been diagnosed with lung cancer. From October 28-30, members of his diocese participated in 40 hours of adoration for the Church and the repose of the late Bishop’s soul.
Sister Esther Mary Nickel of the Religious Sisters of Mercy, coordinator of the event, commented to a news source that the forty hours devotion was “near and dear” to Cistone’s heart, and it was the last one he approved for the liturgy office prior to his death. She also said that Bishop Cistone, a Philadelphia native, had a great devotion to St. John Neumann, who introduced the practice of 40 Hours Devotion at the first Philadelphia diocesan synod in April 1853. The first devotions began at St. Philip Neri Parish, an appropriate place since it was St. Philip who began that very devotion in the city of Rome.
For additional details on Saginaw’s 40 Hours of Devotion published by the Catholic News Agency, please click here.