Joao Luiz Pozzobon
Joao Luiz Pozzobon was a simple man. He was no theologist, and his knowledge of God was the one taught by his humble parents, in Rio Grande Do Sul, South of Brasil.
Joao was born on december 12th in 1904.
He had faith, he went to Mass and prayed the Rosary every night when he was a child and a young boy, but there was little heart in that faith ,compared to the one he was introduced to, when he discovered Schoenstatt.
Mother Thrice Admirable of Schoenstatt was his great discovery.
He made a covenant with Her in 1948, and since that time, his life was never the same. He was 46 years old, when he started what was going to become the mission of his life, the fullfillment of God´s Plan for him: The Rosary Campaign.
Joao was a family man, so his mission was obviously related to families. Joao was married and had 7 children.He was a devoted husband, and a kind ,good -hearted father. His mission as a daily life saint was of course taking place first of all, within his own family. But as The Blessed Mother has granted him the grace of a kind heart; his love for Christ in the people was so inmense, he wanted to sacrifice his own life for the sake of the holiness within families, and the conversion of sinners. He dedicated himself to the poor and sick, to the ones who had lost the right path towards truthful and Real happiness: God Our Father in Heaven.
Joao walked 140.000 km during 35 years,carrying on his shoulder, an image of Our Blessed Mother, the Mother Queen Victress Thrice Admirable of Schoenstatt, to whom he had given his heart, and taking Her into homes, hospitals, schools and even jails.He believed so hard that when The Blessed Mother entered a home, she was going to manifest Herself with Christ, that he couldn´t careless of all the efforts he had to do in order to take Her everywhere She wanted. Joao had an open heart, he had given it to Her, so he was a keen listener, and realized soon what was The Blessed Mother ´s will.
Joao was a man of prayer. The Holy Rosary was the key that kept his covenant of Love with The Blessed Mother, alive.He prayed it to be faithful to Her Ilimited Love. He meditated the holy mysteries to become one with Jesus and Mary, offered his effort to live a life enlightened by their Holy lives.And this he could do through the Rosary the Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, and of course daily Mass in the Shrine "Tabor de María " in Santa María, Brasil.
Joao lived a simple and yet a holy life, because he did ordinary things, in a extraordinary way. He died in June 27th in 1985, his mission was accomplished.He had offered his life to Mary, in order the Rosary Campaign became a world mission for the sake of all The Church and all humanity.
Nowadays The Rosary Campaign is almost everywhere, the image of graces of the Mother Thrice Admirable reaches the 5 continents. Missionaries of all around the world, consecrate themselves to the Blessed Mother, and carry on the mission of a simple, humble man, who offered his life and dedicated himself, "to the one who died in the Holy Cross."