Rev. De MARIA, Pietro MEM
Birth in Ponte Stura, Alessandria (亞歷山德里亞),
Italy: [7 February 1866]
A Cablegram for Milan, dated the 28 inst., has brought to Bishop Pozzoni the sad news of the death of his Vicar Delegate, the Very Rev. Father P. de Maria, who left the Colony for Italy on the 27 of February last in an attempt to regain his long shattered health, which, however, was unsuccessful. Father De Maria succumbed scarcely ten days after he had reached home.
The late Priest was born in Piedmont in 1866
and was widely known in Hong Kong, having resided here since immediately after
his ordination in 1888. All his activities, except a short period of 3 years in
the Hoifung district, were centered in Hong Kong, where he was noted as a keen
educationalist and was the Correspondent for the Catholic schools as well as a
member of the local Broad of Education. The great progress of the local Catholic
Schools shows that his activities were not spent in vain. Father De Maria was also
the popular Parish Priest of St. Francis’ Church in Wanchai. On the day he left
for home, he assisted at the laying of the corner-stone of the St. Margaret’s
Church in Broadwood Road and in the speech he made on that occasion expressed
his strong hope of coming back soon to take up his duties there. His constant
kind hearted disposition had made him a host of friends who went in a very large
number to bid him good bye when he left and who will be deeply grieved to learn
of his death.
30 April 1923
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