18 NOVEMBER

 

 

GILBERT FINI (priest)

 

BORN:

West Springfield Mass. 18.3.1916

FIRST PROFESSION:

9.9.1934

ORDAINED:

Newton Mass. 20.6.1942

DIED:

Rome (S. Agatha) 18.11.1968

AGE: 52

 

He was born in our parish of Carmel in Springfield and entered in 1929.  He started his theological studies in Rome but the war compelled him to return to USA together with his companions.  He became teacher of philosophy and theology of our students. He cooperated in the foundation of Vancouver community in Canada and offered himself to the apostolate of preaching.  

In 1955 he was elected superior provincial.  In 1958 he became superior general and was re-elected to that post in 1964. He loved our congregation very much: for it he lived, worked, prayed and suffered.

He was struck by a massive heart attack and had just the time to ask for the last Sacraments before dying. During his ten year of government he showed always great balance, serenity and much wisdom.

 

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