LÁZARO DOS SANTOS ANDRADE (Brother)
BORN: Araçatuba, SP – Nov. 1, 1941
DIED: Ribeirão Preto, SP – Sep. 3, 2009
At the night of September 3, 2009, Bro. Lazaro dos Santos Andrade passed away in Ribeirão Preto, SP, Brazil.
He was born in Araçatuba, SP, on Nov. 1st, 1941. He entered the Stigmatine Seminary in Rio Claro, SP as aspirant on 1952. He made the novitiate on 1960, in Casa Branca, SP, and at that same year, on December 12th, he professed the first vows. He made the perpetual profession on December 9, 1956.
He stayed in Casa Branca until 1969, helping in the administrative and rural areas of the Our Lady of the Exile Sanctuary. From 1969 until 1975 he lived in Capivari Farm, nearby Campinas, SP, in charge of the agricultural administration.
In 1978 he was appointed to the Santana Farm, also in charge of the rural area. In 1983, he worked in the proprieties of the Congregation in Barra da Estiva, BA and helped in the coffee planting that was starting in that region, under the direct command of the Superior Provincial.
From 1985 to 1992 he lived in Ribeirão Preto, SP, helping the provincial councilor for economy as member of the provincial economy team.
From 1993 he lived in the Stigmatine community of the Holy Cross Parish in Rio Claro, in charge the management of the works for the remodeling of the buildings of the Santana Farm, and the rural area as well.
In 2001 he was transferred to Ribeirão Preto, in order to take care of his health, already significantly affected by diabetes and heart problems. But his physical conditions got worse, making him almost blind. On August, 2009 he underwent a surgery and a stomach cancer was detected. He faced the suffering with patience and resignation. The aggressiveness of that illness leaded him to death.
Bro. Lazinho, as he was called, worked with dedication to the Provincial proprieties, travelling frequently, visiting constructions and carrying them out. His way of to express himself, his gentleness and easy personal communication made to him many friends.
Who met him had the sensation of all was well in his life, as he had as his characteristic a happy face. May God reward him for his works in life, at the house of the just people.
Let us pray for his soul’s rest. RIP.