MY COUSIN THE SAINT
A Search for Faith, Family, and Miracles
by Justin Calanoso

Posts Tagged ‘Chorio’

Just-in Time for Christmas

Thursday, December 9th, 2010

Just a reminder that My Cousin the Saint — in hard cover, paperback or e-book — makes a great gift for Christmas. It’s a timeless story about faith, family, and miracles. And much of the story is set in Italy! The prices in any format are really inexpensive these days. So order early and often!

Not Strictly Spiritual

Saturday, June 20th, 2009

A lovely endorsement from blogger Mary DeTerris Poust is here, second item. An excerpt: “It is a wonderful book that will make you want to get on the next plane to Italy to find your long lost relatives.”

Now in paperback

Tuesday, June 16th, 2009

My Cousin the Saint
Released today, by Harper Perennial. Available here. Take a look inside here.

Uncle Tony’s story

Sunday, June 14th, 2009


Filmed in Chorio, Italy, March 2008 by Michael Frierson, UNC-Greensboro.

Happy birthday, Gaetano

Saturday, February 14th, 2009


Today is best remembered as romantic holiday named for St. Valentine, a Roman martyr who lived a few hundred years after Christ and about whom very little is known (except that he died on Feb. 14). I prefer to remember this as the birthday of a saint — St. Gaetano Catanoso, born Feb. 14, 1879 in the village of Chorio in southern Italy. Happy birthday, Gaetano. (The video here was shot in Calabria last March by Michael Frierson, a film professor at UNC-Greensboro)

Chorio, Italy

Monday, February 9th, 2009


Birthplace of a saint, and my grandfather. Video by Michael Frierson, UNC-Greensboro film professor. Starring Enzo Catanoso of Reggio Calabria.

Valentine’s Day

Monday, February 2nd, 2009

The day is named for a saint, but here’s some good advice just the same on this romantic holiday.

Actually,  the saint I remember fondly on February 14 is St. Gaetano Catanoso, my cousin, born on that day in 1879 in the village of Chorio in the region of Calabria, Italy.

Chorio and Enzo Catanoso

Sunday, December 14th, 2008


Video by Michael Frierson, UNC-Greensboro, in Chorio, March 2008

The Family Cemetary

Tuesday, December 2nd, 2008


Filmed in Calabria, Italy, just above the village of Chorio by Michael Frierson.

New Video: Pentidattilo

Thursday, October 9th, 2008


I am thrilled to able to post a new video (with a few more to come!). This one gives you a glimpse of Pentidatillo, a hillside village above Melito di Porto Salvo at the very bottom of Italy. This short video opens with a view from Pentidattilo of Mount Etna, which lies across the Ioanian Sea in Sicily.

This village is where Padre Gaetano Catanoso was sent as a young priest to lead his first parish in 1904, a year after my grandfather emigrated to America. Pentidattilo was a rough and hopeless place at the time. The young priest faced enormous challenges, including Mafia threats inside the church. He served there for 17 years, before being called down to Reggio.

Pentidattilo has been abandond since the 1950s when there were fears that earthquakes would cause a rock slide and crush the homes. It never happened. The European Union is now working to restore some of the homes. A private effort is underway to restore the church. It’s an incredible place to visit.

This video was shot and produced my Michael Frierson, a friend and filmmaker at UNC-Greensboro.