EMILIO RECCHIA (priest)
Born: Verona (S. Zeno) – 19.2.1888
Died: Verona (S. Leonardo) – 27.6.1969
He frequented our school at the Stimate and from there he entered as an aspirant. Immediately after his ordination he lived briefly in our communities of Pistoia and Milan. During the World War One he was mobilized as military chaplain and was made prisoner by the Germans. He spent his prison period in Germany.
From 1921 to 1928 he was assistant priest in the parish of S. Croce in Rome, assigned to the youth. From 1928 to 1934 he was novice Master in Verona and Trento, superior of the House of Studies in Verona, and superior of the Stimate.
When he was elected councillor general he returned to Rome and was made parish priest of S. Croce at Flaminio. For more than thirty years he dedicated himself generously and exemplarily in all works of ministry, especially the most humble ones. Because of his humility and simplicity people venerated him as a saint.
He was esteemed by ecclesiastical superiors and also by the Pope. He could accomplish an enormous amount of good without particular gifts, without great eloquence and economic means.
His process of beatification has been initiated.