Newsletter N. 85 – The Camillian World Seen from Rome…and Rome seen from the world

Contributi dell’UISG-USG al Sinodo sulla Sinodalità

With the aim of actively participating in the Synod process on synodality, Cardinals João Braz de Aviz (Prefect of the Dicastery for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life) and Mario Grech (General Secretary of the Synod of Bishops) sent a joint letter to all USG and UISG member general governments inviting them to “reflect on the exercise of governance within institutes and on the relations between institutes” (17 January 2022).

In fact, even before receiving that letter, from October 2021 until April 2022, the general governments of the various institutes and societies of apostolic life carried out their own dialogue and prayer processes, sometimes involving members of the Curia, provincial governments or even the entire Congregation. 224 congregations participated, 169 female (75%) and 55 male (25%). The proportion corresponds to the reality of religious life today, since female congregations account for 75% of the total.

Starting in April 2022, a committee, consisting of Gemma Simmonds CJ, José Cristo Rey García Paredes CMF, Maria Cimperman RSCJ and Orlando Torres SJ, prepared a summary of the contributions received, which was then presented to the USG Assembly (May 2022) and the UISG Online Assembly (July 2022).

Both Assemblies expressed their identification with the results of the consultation and thus count with the strength not only of the congregations that participated directly in the consultation, but of all the congregations belonging to the two Unions, through their Superiors and Superior Generals.

We would like to express our deepest thanks to the members of the synthesis commission for their excellent work and their passion for consecrated life. Thanks also to all the congregations who actively participated in the consultation.

We are equally grateful for the invitation to participate in the synodal process and reiterate, on behalf of the two Unions, our willingness to continue to collaborate in building an evangelical and synodal Church.

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Holy See – Pontifical Academy for Life

 A new appointment for the Camillian Brother, of Burkinabè nationality, Fr. Jacques Koudoubi SIMPORÉ: he has been appointed as a member of the Governing Council of the Pontifical Academy for Life. The appointment was published on Saturday, 16 October 2022, on the official website of the Holy See.

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 Cause of Beatification and Canonisation of the Servant of God Alexandre Toéoé

We publish below the letter of Cardinal Angelo De Donatis, Vicar General of His Holiness for the diocese of Rome, for the cause of Beatification and Canonisation of the Servant of God Alexandre Toè, professed priest of the Order of Clerics Regular Ministers of the Infirm






 Italian Northern Province

Nicola Docimo, Camillian of the Northern Italian Province, tells us about the Pilgrimage to Lourdes which took place between the end of July and the beginning of August last year and which saw the presence of around 160 pilgrims and the sick accompanied by the ladies, the stretcher bearers and a large group of young volunteers from the OFTAL of the Archdiocese of Turin



Centro Camilliano di Formazione – Verona

The Specialisation Course aims to train the professional figure of the Healthcare Professional Counselor, a professional in the helping relationship who operates in the contexts of health care and prevention and can carry out his or her activities in private, hospital, social welfare, community and organisational settings. He/she uses personal qualities, specific knowledge and relational and communicative skills and strategies to increase the effectiveness of the relationship between the patient and the professional figures involved in the care process.


In Mottinello di Rossano Veneto (VI), Elio D’Urso began his Camillian novitiate under the guidance of Master Fr. Umberto Andreetto!





With joy we share with you the good news of the temporary profession of Brother Marco Canali. The celebration took place on Sunday 11 September in Capriate San Gervasio






 Roman Province

The vocational weekends are a path of accompaniment to the discovery of vocation. They are addressed to young people (over 18 years old) who wish to ask themselves a vocational question in a deep and serious way or deepen some already matured intentions.

The various weekends consist of biblical provocations, spiritual instructions, knowledge of the figure of Saint Camillus De Lellis, times of silence, moments of sharing and experiences of charity towards the sick.

Through these experiences it is possible to give a personal, serene and conscious response to the call that the Lord makes to each one; it is a call to fullness, a call to live as children of God according to the charism of Saint Camillus.


Haiti Delegation

Frandel Frisky Fouche and Jhon Pyterson Alexandre, young temporary professed religious from the northern Italian province (delegation in Haiti) who are completing their formative journey together with the young candidates of the Camillian province of Burkina Faso, made their solemn religious profession in Ouagadougou on 7 September last. Fr Joaquin Cipriano was present to represent the northern Italian province!




 Province of Brazil

On 15 September 2022, in a solemn ceremony at the national shrine of Aparecida, the jubilee year of the Camillian Province of Brazil, which celebrated the centenary of the Camillian presence (1922-2022), came to an end.

The Holy Mass was celebrated by the Archbishop of Aparecida, His Excellency Most Rev. Monsignor Orlando Brandes, who recalled during his homily how we Camillians are “the good within the pontificate of Pope Francis, helping to heal so many wounds of humanity”. He also stressed the importance and necessity of the existence of our ministry: to be Ministers of the Sick serving life in its totality, from conception to its natural end.

Also present at the celebration were Superior General Fr. Pedro Tramontin, Vicar General Fr. Gianfranco Lunardon and the Provincial of the Northern Italian Province, Fr. Giuseppe Rigamonti.


On 13 August 2022, Brother Danilo Servilha Rizzi was consecrated deacon in the chapel of the São Camilo hospital in Granja Viana (Cotia – São Paulo – Braisle). The ordaining bishop was His Excellency Most Rev. João Bosco, Bishop of Osasco SP.




Provincia del Benin Togo

5 – 11 September 2022

Week of grace and thanksgiving: this is how the Camillian Province of Benin-Togo can describe the week from 5 to 11 September. As it has always done throughout its history, God has once again visited this province.

In fact, at the end of the opening retreat for the Academic Year 2022-2023, on Tuesday, 6 September 2022, in the Formation House in Sègbanou (Ouidah), eight temporary professed from this house canonically renewed their religious vows. They are Abraham KACHINA, Pacôme koamivi DASSOU, Aurlus Aépinus ADJIBODOU, Hippolyte VIDAGBANDJI, Louis ADJOU LADOSSA, Wilfried Meursault MOKODALE, Ulrich Silvère MBAÏGNABE and Habib ADJOGLO. It should be noted that the latter, namely Brother Habib ADJOGLO, renewed his temporary vows until perpetual profession, while the other brothers did so for one year.


Province of Burkina Faso

On the evening of 6 September 2022, at the Camillian studentate in Ouagadougou, 25 young Camillian temporary professed renewed their religious vows!



Sicilian-Napolitan Province

On Friday, 16th September, the provincial assembly of the Camillian religious of the Sicilian-Neapolitan Province was held at the S. Maria della Pietà Hospital in Casoria.
Also present were the Consultor and Head of the Secretariat for Formation, Fr. Baby Ellickal, and Sister Laura Cortese, Vicar General of the Daughters of St. Camillus.
Below is the report of the Provincial Superior, Br Carlo Mangione.


Messina military hospital chapel consecrated to St. Camillus

Today, 12 September 2022, the chapel of the military hospital in Messina was consecrated to our beloved Saint Camillus de Lellis, patron saint of military healthcare. Presiding over the Eucharistic celebration was the Military Ordinary His Excellency Most Rev. Monsignor Santo Marcianò. Concelebrating was the military chaplain, Fr. Medard, General Consultor, the creator and tenacious promoter of this initiative, surrounded by 15 priests


In Cammino, 17 October 2022 – “Sharing Responsibilities: The Way to a Synodal Church”. 

Brother Carlo Mangione, Provincial of the Sicilian-Neapolitan Province guest on the Tv2000 network’s ‘In cammino’ programme.

During the interview, Brother Charles spoke about the two realities present in the Camillian Order (priests and brothers), the novelties brought by Pope Francis with the derogation from canon 588\2 of the Code of Canon Law, and the co-responsibility between lay people and priests in the synodal process.


Delegation to Indonesia 

Maumere (Agenzia Fides) – Thirteen seems to be the number that many horoscopes describe as the most ‘lucky’. It seems that this was also the case for the Camillians of Indonesia who, on arriving on 3rd July 2009 in Maumere, Flores Island, one of the 17,000 that make up the Indonesian archipelago, started a new mission.
Fr Luigi Galvani, MI, initiator of the mission, told Fides Agency. “It seemed an impossible dream to set foot in this great Asian country whose population is made up of a total majority (90%) of Muslims. The island of Flores has the highest percentage of Catholics (70%) and enjoys a promising number of religious and priestly vocations. Surely this was also the main reason why we Camillians came there.”

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UGANDA – Ebola, malnutrition, illiteracy: health centres of Camillian religious at the service of the poorest

Musoli (Agenzia Fides) – Malnutrition, poverty, illiteracy and unemployment are among the main challenges in the country. To these have been added, since the beginning of September, an Ebola epidemic, which so far seems to be confined to two districts. Data from the World Health Organisation report 60 confirmed and 20 probable cases, with 44 deaths and 25 cures. The Ugandan President, Yoweri Museveni, had imposed a curfew in the two outbreak districts, Mubende, 80 km from Kampala, and Kassanda, along with a travel ban and the closure of public places. The concern is that the virus will spread to the capital where 1.5 million people live.


Delegation to Argentina 

On 16 October 2022, in Buenos Aires (Argentina), the young Brother Roberto Alegre (pictured in the centre between Br J.C. Bermejo and Fr J.A. Amado) made his solemn religious profession. The Provincial Superior of Brazil and the Vice Provincial Superior of Peru were also present at the celebration.

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 Religious Ministers of the Infirm of St. Camillus

Father Gianfranco Lunardon, Vicar General of the Order, presided the Holy Mass on the occasion of the diocesan feast of Blessed Maria Domenica Brun Barbantini. The celebration took place yesterday, 23 September 2022 at the Church of the Most Holy Trinity in Lucca. Father Gianfranco Lunardon, Vicar General of the Order, presided the Holy Mass on the occasion of the diocesan feast of Blessed Maria Domenica Brun Barbantini.

The celebration took place on 23 September 2022 at the Church of the Holy Trinity in Lucca.


Delegation to the U.S. .

Father Matthew Perumpil, a Camillian religious of the Indian Province, a member of our community in Milwaukee, U.S.A., was appointed and installed as pastor of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish on 18 September by Bishop Jeffrey Haines, Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, USA.


NGO ‘Health and Development’ (SeS)

The mission that saw Father Felice de Miranda, President of ‘Health and Development’, in Burkina Faso to personally follow up on the projects that SeS has underway in the country came to an end.



Last February, Salute e Sviluppo, in collaboration with the Diocese of Tenkodogo, launched the project to build a kindergarten in the city of Garango in Burkina Faso, financed by the CEI (Italian Episcopal Conference). On Sunday, 16 October, the new school was inaugurated, and by the following Monday, it was ready to host around 100 Burkinabé children to start their first schooling!


 Lay Camillian Family in Pakistan

The Camillian Lay Family (LCF) and Camillians in Pakistan responded promptly to this serious humanitarian crisis by providing initial emergency assistance to those affected by the flooding in the dioceses of Hyderabad and Faisalabad



Religious Daughters of St. Camillus

On 25 September 2022, the centenary of the death of Blessed Louis Tezza was officially opened at the General Curia of the Daughters of St. Camillus in Grottaferrata. The
celebration was presided over by the Superior General, Fr Pedro Tramontin. Among those present were the entire General Council of the Camillians and the Provincial Superiors of the Northern Italian, Roman and Siculo-Napolitan Provinces.

Below is the homily of the Vicar General Fr. Gianfranco Lunardon.


On 16 September, Fr. Medard Abou, Consultor and coordinator of the secretariat for the Ministry, Br. Paul Kabore, Consultor and head of the gretariat for the Missions, and Fr. Benjamin Zoungrana, a Camillian, took part in the celebration for the perpetual profession of Sister Madeleine and Sister Berenice, Daughters of St. Camillus, at the Generalate in Grottaferrata.

The Eucharistic celebration was presided over by Rev. Father Wenkouni Mathieu Ouedraogo.

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Spanish Province

The first San Camilo Listening Centre in Toledo was inaugurated on Wednesday 21 September, with the participation of José Carlos Bermejo, director of the San Camilo Centre and the Network of Listening Centres.

The new Toledo Listening Centre joins the network of Listening Centres. It will be a free service offered by the Archdiocese of Toledo, aimed at anyone going through a situation of difficulty, suffering, confusion or vital disorientation. It is a service of help, attention and accompaniment for those who request it.



From 7 to 12 November, the Camillian Pastoral Centre in Bangkok, Thailand, will host some 30 CADIS leaders, members and partners from different countries around the world: Italy, Haiti, Philippines, Kenya, Burkina Faso, Australia, Thailand, India, Spain, Uganda, Tanzania and Taiwan.

This year’s theme is ‘Reaffirming our vision and improving our strategies to rebuild resilient communities’.


Every 13 October, CADIS celebrates World Day of Disaster Victims (GMVD). This year marks a decade since Camillian Disaster Service International (CADIS), formerly the Camillian Task Force (CTF), launched a commemoration and prayer to honour the victims of natural and man-made disasters.


The message of Fr. Aris Miranda, Executive Director of Camillian Disaster Service International on the occasion of the World Day of Disaster Victims (GMVD), which is celebrated today, 13 October.


l Crossover No. 27 is now available! In this issue you will find:

– Creation Time: Reflections and Actions
– The current situation in Burkina Faso, where CADIS has an ongoing project
– The critical situation in Haiti and hope for the future
– CADIS’ emergency intervention in India, hit by violent flooding





4 October, the celebration of St Francis of Assisi, patron saint of ecology, marks the end of the Time of Creation. To conclude this period of reflection, Fr. Pedro TRAMONTIN, Superior General, has a message for us.




CADIS in Pakistan

Faced with the misery and suffering caused by the floods and heavy rains, the Camillian Lay Family (LCF) and Camillian Disaster Service International (CADIS) in Pakistan are responding to this humanitarian crisis, particularly in Nawabshah (Sindh province), a town with 220,283 inhabitants. The Camillians, through CADIS, LCF and the parish of St Francis of Solano, will assist 20,000 severely affected people.


 CADIS (CTF) in Filippine

It has been nine months since Typhoon Odette hit the Philippines hard.
The timely emergency response coordinated by CADIS was instrumental in helping the local populations of Bohol and Negros. Through the field action of the Society of ex-Camillian Seminarians Inc. (SeCSI Bohol) and Negros Ex-Camillian CTF Unit Team, basic necessities, clothes and medicines were distributed. The most vulnerable people were personally assisted, and house cleaning and recovery operations went on for a long time.
In addition, there was no lack of spiritual and psycho-social support, which was essential to help people not to lose heart and to endure.


CADIS in Burkina Faso

Reaching Bourzanga, a town in the north of Burkina Faso, has become difficult due to the presence of armed groups along the road. This insecurity also affected the post-COVID project initiated by the Camillian Disaster Service International CADIS Burkina Faso to support the village population.



The Superior General of the Order, Fr. Pedro Tramontin, with the consent of the consultors. admitted to solemn religious profession:

Frandel Frisky Fouche

Jhon Pyterson Alexandre

Temporary professed religious from the northern Italian province (delegation in Haiti) who are completing their formation journey together with young candidates from the Camillian province of Burkina Faso.


On Wednesday 16 November at 19.00 in the Church of Santa Maria in Campo Marzio, on the occasion of the feast of Mary “Salus Infirmorum”, His Eminence Card. Angelo de Donatis (H.H. Vicar for the Diocese of Rome) will preside Holy Mass.







“Come, ye blessed of my Father! Receive your inheritance the kingdom that my Father has given you, prepared since the creation of the world; for I was hungry and you gave me food; I was thirsty and you gave me drink; I was a stranger and you welcomed me; I was naked and you clothed me; I was sick and you cured me; I was in prison and you visited me”. (Mt 25:34-36).

Padre Mario Zambiasi

(1930 – 2022)

He was born on 1 June 1930 in Mezzolombardo (TN) to father Amedeo and mother Rachele Cervo. Following in the footsteps of his elder brother Luigi, he entered the Seminary at Villa Visconta di Besana Brianza (MB) on 1st October 1942, for the Middle Schools; from October 1945 at Mottinello di Rossano Veneto (VI) for the IV Gymnasium and in 1946 again at Besana for the V Gymnasium. On 15 October 1947 he moved to Verona San Giuliano for the Novitiate, concluded with Religious Profession on 17 October 1948. In the house of Mottinello at the conclusion of his Theology, he entered the Order of the Diaconate on 19 December 1954 and the Presbyterate on 19 June 1955, at the hands of Bishop Gerolamo Bortignon of Padua.


Padre Esterino Zandonà

(1943 – 2022)

He was born on 3 July 1943 in Castelvero di Vestenanova (VR), to father Guglielmo and mother Luigia Mantovani.

On 25 September 1954 he entered the Villa Visconta Seminary in Besana Brianza (MB), where he attended secondary school, moving on to Marchirolo in 1957 to begin high school.

On 25 September 1960 he entered the Novitiate at San Giuliano in Verona, and completed it on 26 September 1961 with Religious Profession at Mottinello di Rossano Veneto (VI), then resumed his studies at the Liceo Classico. On 8 December 1964 he made his Solemn Profession at Verona San Giuliano. In October 1965 he began studying Theology, attending the Zenonian Study in Verona. On 9 November 1968 he was ordained Deacon in the Borgo Trento Hospital in Verona by Bishop Maffeo Ducoli, Auxiliary of Verona. In the same church on 22 June 1969 he was ordained a Priest by Monsignor Giuseppe Carraro, Bishop of Verona.


José Braulio Álvarez De Eulate Díaz De Cerio (1939 – 2022)

José Braulio Álvarez de Eulate Díaz de Cerio died on 8 October at the Residencia Sant Camil hospital in San Pere de Ribes (Barcelona) at the age of 83, after two months of hospitalisation following a stroke that struck him on 22 July while on holiday in his home town of Azuelo (Navarra).

Father Braulio was born in Azuelo (Navarre), diocese of Pamplona, on 4 March 1939. He was the son of Andrés Álvarez de Eulate and Sofía Díaz de Cerio.

He entered the Camillian Order in Navarrete (La Rioja) on 25 September 1950, at the age of 11. He started his novitiate in Vic (Barcelona) on 14th August 1955. One year later he made his temporary profession in Vic, on 8th September 1956.

After the formative itinerary, he made his solemn profession in Vic on 8 September 1961. He received the subdiaconate in Vic (from Bishop Masnou) on 21 December 1963, the diaconate in Vic on 19 March 1964 and priestly ordination on 24 June 1964.


Alberto Orsini

Camillian Priest of the Roman Province

Born on 16 June 1937 in Rome. Returned to the House of the Father on 1 September 2022 in Rome (Osp. A. Gemelli)

With death, God does not absorb man, but expands his existence, making it eternal.

Fr Alberto Orsini was born in Rome on 16 June 1937, the last of 8 children (7 brothers and 1 sister), to Pietro and Elisabetta Bianchini. He entered the Order on 22nd July 1948 and professed temporary vows on 7th October 1953 and perpetual vows in 1958. After taking a Licentiate in Dogmatic Theology at the Pontifical Gregorian University, he was ordained a priest on 10 July 1960 and was sent as his first assignment in 1961 to the parish of San Camillo in Rome as assistant to the aspirants of Catholic Action. On 21 December of the same year he went to the community of Loreto (Ancona) as assistant to the boys of the pedagogical medical institute. In May 1962 he returned to the parish of San Camillo in Rome as bursar of the house and returned to work with young people. In May 1968 he was again in Loreto as bursar; after only 7 months he was transferred to Villa Sacra Famiglia in Rome as assistant to the aspirants.


Francesco Orsini

Camillian Priest of the Roman Province

Born 26 August 1934 in Rome. Returned to the House of the Father on 26 September 2022 in Rome (Italian Hospital Group clinic – Villa Sacra Famiglia)

This is eternal life: that they may know you, the only true God

and the one you sent Christ Jesus (Jn 17:3) the rest is all marginal.

Fr Francesco Orsini was born in Rome on 26 August 1934, entered the Order in 1945 and began his novitiate in 1950. He made his simple profession on 7 October 1951 and solemn profession in 1955. Minor Orders in 1955, the Diaconate on 1 December 1957 and he became a Camillian priest on 6 July 1958, at the age of 24.

The first pastoral mission entrusted to him by his superiors will be at the Villa Immacolata nursing home in San Martino Al Cimino (VT) from September 1958, but already in November of the same year he will move to the San Camillo Hospital in Rome.  3 years later, in May 1961, he would be chaplain at the “Forlanini” Sanatorium and 3 months later (August 1961) he would go to the San Camillo Village in Sassari. He returned to the San Camillo Hospital in November 1962, where he was appointed house bursar. In August ’64 he was transferred by his superiors back to Sassari as bursar and in 1970 he returned to Rome (San Camillo Hospital). From 1980 to 1986 he was bursar of this hospital community and in 1986 he was transferred to the San Giovanni Hospital in Rome. On 8 November 1992 he went as bursar again to the San Camillo Hospital and in June 1998 he went to the San Giacomo Hospital, to be appointed bursar 4 months later. In 1999 he will go to the Spallanzani Hospital and from 2004 his last destination will be St. Camillus Hospital, until his departure on the morning of 26 September 2022, just 25 days after his beloved brother, Fr. The last two months, Fr. Francesco spent them in the Villa Sacra Famiglia clinic (Italian Hospital Group). Although he was accompanied in this last period by a number of brothers with their frequent visits, the chaplain Fr Charles Kinda, his nieces and nephews, and the collaborators of St Camillus, Fr Francis, Checco to his friends, was deeply moved by the death of his brother.



We also remember in our prayers the Sisters Daughters of St. Camillus:

Sr. Irene Zecchini (7/12/1920 – 13/09/ 2021)

Sister Mercedes Peralta (11/11/1928 – 17/09/2021)

Sister Fabiola Bermudez (23/03/1953 – 23/10/ 2021)

Prayer to God through the intercession of blessed Louis Tezza on the centenary of his celestial transit (1923/2023)

Lord God, Creator and Father, to you our gratitude for the life, the vocation, and the sanctity of blessed Louis Tezza, whom we venerate on the centenary of his transit to Heaven.

Help us to preserve and to actualize the grateful memory of the testimony of

faith: “all in God, all for God, all with God”.

Lord God, Son Redeemer, to you our gratitude for the passion for the Kingdom of God that inflamed in the soul and works of blessed Louis.

Help us to discern and creatively imitate the testimony of love: “Disposed for charity to make an even more painful sacrifice, especially towards the poor sick “

Lord God, Holy Spirit, to you our gratitude for the trusting abandonment that blessed Louis nurtured daily, in the work of your Providence.

Help us to live, even in the night of trial, the witness of hope: “God knows what He does, and He does everything for the good, let us allow ourselves to be led always by his most amiable will “.

He who touched the bodies, with the compassion of the Samaritan, touch their soul, with maternal care, intercede with God, the gift of incarnating the Gospel
of mercy so that “from our heart and hands overflow the generosity in every moment and even in the smallest details of our life “.

Bene, omnia fecit!