austraLasia

?

Shortcut

PrevPrev Article

NextNext Article

Larger Font Smaller Font Up Down Go comment Print Attachment
ALA_5468

20200916_VIE.jpg

Br. Lodovico De Marchi, SDB

By VIE provincial secretary


Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, 16 September 2020 -- Last Sunday, 13 September, a life-long friend of Vietnamese Youth, Salesian Missionary passed away - Brother Lodovico De Marchi (1936-2020) after 57 years of Salesian religious life. Although he spent just 16 years in Vietnam (1958-1974), until the last moments of his life he stayed closed to the Vietnamese people also in his native Italy.


Brother Lodovico was born at Toara - Villaga in the province of Vicenza, Northern Italy on 10 February 1936 and after his primary school he went to Colle Don Bosco (Becchi) to the Salesian Institute of 'Bernardi Semeria' for his 4 years of secondary school: a very dynamic, intelligent and proactive young man fell in love with Salesian life at Colle Don Bosco and started his novitiate at Villa Moglia (near Chieri) in 1952. After his novitiate he returned to Colle Don Bosco for another 3 years of 'professional formation' in carpentry and agriculture with many other Salesian Brothers, also learning mechanics and agro-mechanics.


After his studies he had a health crisis and was forced to rest for two years from his professional field of work and was in charge of the reception and phone exchange at Colle Don Bosco Salesian Institute. During these two years he took advantage of more available time for reading, and improved his cultural preparation and technical knowledge and skills.


As did many of his friends, young Salesian Lodovico wrote his request for missio ad gentes to the Superiors, to the RM Fr. Renato Ziggiotti, but due to his precarious health was not accepted. But suddenly in 1958 Fr. Mario Acquistapace (China province) who was in charge of relaunching the mission in Vietnam spent two days at Colle Don Bosco to 'recruit' some young missionaries. Br Lodovico was attracted to this specific missionary destination and approached Fr. Mario sharing his availability and situation of poor health. Fr. Aquistapace, who had just finished his 6 year term as provincial of China-Vietnam-Philippines province was able to convince the Superiors and Br. Lodovico left for Vietnam in the summer of 1958.


During his 16 years as a missionary in Vietnam he initially faced a huge challenge with the local language, to the point of nearly quitting this mission, but suddenly with his enthusiasm and faith he even overcame this obstacle. Go Vap Don Bosco Technical school in Saigon was his place of mission until 1974, with a short break for one year of professional update in Los Angeles, USA (1971-1972). He is remembered with fond memories by former students and Salesians, although he was able to return to Vietnam after 1975 only once.


After his return to Italy he spent most of his years in the Technical Institute at San Zeno (Verona) until his health did not permit him in 2009 to live an active Salesian life in the school, and the last 11 years he spent in the INE (Italia-North East) provincial community of Blessed Artemide Zatti for senior confreres.


However only five years after his return from Vietnam, since 1979 the Vietnamese refugees - families and youth - started to reach Northern Italy in larger numbers and Brother Lodovico was the only person who could communicate in Vietnamese in and around the Veneto area. Aside from his technical school commitment he dedicated all his remaining time to their service: as interpreter (civil courts, hospitals, Caritas, public offices), following their needs of accommodation, education, visiting their families and also from 1980 as 'boarding section' master for some 'unaccompanied Vietnamese youth' in San Zeno. So Br. Lodovico was able to continue his Vietnamese mission for 30 long years in Italy.


We give thanks for the life-long witness of a Salesian Missionary Brother who gave most of his 67 years of consecrated life to Vietnamese youth!



20200916_VIE1.jpg


20200916_VIE2.jpg


20200916_VIE3.jpg


20200916_VIE4.jpg


20200916_VIE5.jpg


20200916_VIE6.jpg


20200916_VIE7.jpg


20200916_VIE8.jpg


20200916_VIE9.jpg


20200916_VIE10.jpg


20200916_VIE11.jpg


20200916_VIE12.jpg


20200916_VIE13.jpg
Attach

Drag and drop your files here, or Click attach files button.

Maximum File Size : 0MB (Allowed extentsions : *.*)

0 file(s) attached ( / )

  1. 5502_Samoa Salesian students plant 300 trees

    ALA_5502 By Samoa Observer Malololelei, Samoa, 5 November 2020 -- Students at the Divine Mercy Primary School at Malololelei have planted 300 trees as part of their Literacy Week programme, led by the Salesian sisters. The tree planting e...
    Date2020.11.05 CategoryAUL Reply0 Views409 file
    Read More
  2. 5501(IV)_Environmental Fraternity highlighted at Wantok Bosco Camp

    ALA_5501 By Nigel Akuani, Rosemary Yambune and Fr. Ambrose Pereira, SBD Photographs: Francis Gemo, DBTI, Boroko Gabutu, Port Moresby, PNG, 4 November 2020 -- 220 participants from the Salesian Institutions in Port Moresby gathered at Don B...
    Date2020.11.04 CategoryPGS Reply0 Views195 file
    Read More
  3. 5501(III)_A good model for formation house missionary groups

    ALA_5501 By Cl. Jean Paul Mutombo Congolese missionary in Malta Crocetta, Turin, Italy, 4 November 2020 -- October - the traditional missionary month - is already over, but shortly it will be 11 November - the departure day of the first Sa...
    Date2020.11.04 CategoryWorld Reply0 Views284 file
    Read More
  4. 5501(II)_TLS: Instituto Filosófico de S. Francisci de Sales (IFFS)

    ALA_5501 First Graduation after eight years of its existence (2012-2020) By Fr. Manny Pinto, SDB Rector of the Iinstitute Comoro, Dili, Timor Leste, 4 November 2020 -- On Saturday 31 October 2020 the Philosophical Institute of St. Francis ...
    Date2020.11.04 CategoryTLS Reply0 Views402 file
    Read More
  5. 5501(I)_27th Commencement at Don Bosco TSS - Kokopo

    ALA_5501 By Marcus Bai Grade 11 A & DBTSS School Captain Kokopo, PNG, 1 November 2020 -- Don Bosco T.S.S held its 27th Commencement celebration on this day when we honor All the Saints in heaven. The Graduation celebration had as theme...
    Date2020.11.04 CategoryPGS Reply0 Views667 file
    Read More
  6. 5500(II)_A Good Samaritan in Salesian Style - Brother Artemide Zatti

    ALA_5500 By our own correspondent Salesian world, 3 November 2020 -- Some 44 years ago a Jesuit provincial in Argentina, Fr Jorge Maria Bergoglio, asked his confreres to pray through the intercession of Salesian Brother Artemide Zatti to o...
    Date2020.11.03 CategoryWorld Reply0 Views236 file
    Read More
  7. 5500(I)_Lahore's Past Pupils of Don Bosco taking off

    ALA_5500 By Mr Asif Daniel President - Lahore Union of Past Pup of ilsDB Lahore, Pakistan, 3 November 2020 -- The 6th official meeting since 2019 of the Don Bosco Lahore Past Pupils was held on 25 October 2020 in the Alma Mater . Really we...
    Date2020.11.03 CategoryPak. Reply0 Views288 file
    Read More
  8. 5499_Annual Retreat of the TLS Vice-Province, Dare-Dili

    ALA_5499 By Fr. Jolino Vieira, SDB Dili, Timor-Leste 1 November 2020 -- The annual retreat this year was held during these trying times that CoVid-19 is still roaming around. This annual retreat of the first batch is quite special for a fe...
    Date2020.11.01 CategoryTLS Reply0 Views923 file
    Read More
  9. 5498(II)_Three-in-one Celebration at DBSTC: Rosary Rally, School Mass, Principal’s Birthday

    ALA_5498 By Fr. Savio Angel Sanchez, SDB Simbu, Kumgi, Papua new Guinea, 31 October 2020 -- During the month of the Holy Rosary, though the majority of the students of Don Bosco Simbu Technical College are not Catholics, during lunch break...
    Date2020.10.31 CategoryPGS Reply0 Views160 file
    Read More
  10. 5498(I)_The Feast of Blessed Michael Rua, the patron of the Postnovitiate of Vietnam

    ALA_5498 By Fr. Joseph Phuoc, SDB Dalat, Vietnam, 29 October 2020 -- The Feast of Blessed Michael Rua [20 October, 2020) was traditionally celebrated in the Post-novitiate community of Vietnam: the traditional “Academy” on the eve of the F...
    Date2020.10.31 CategoryVIE Reply0 Views448 file
    Read More
List
Board Pagination Prev 1 ... 86 87 88 89 90 91 92 93 94 95 ... 457 Next
/ 457