Sr. VERONESE, Adolfa FDCC
1902 年 12
Andrea di Cologno)
Death of Mother Adolfa Veronese F.D.C.C.
Mother Adolfa Veronese, aged 83, passed peacefully away on 1 October 1985 at the Canossa Hospital after a brief illness.
Born near Verona (Italy) in 1902 young Adolfa breathed the spirit of Magdalene of Canossian from her earliest years. At scarcely nineteen she joined the Canossian Institute and at 22, after her First Vows, she left her native country to reach the land which was to be hers for the next 61 years; Hong Kong.
With a brief interval during the Second World War, at the time of the Japanese occupation when Mother Adolfa was assigned to Macao as a teacher, all the rest of her long religious life was spent at St. Mary’s Canossian College, where she became a tradition. Everybody knew Mother Adolfa, who was everywhere: in the classroom, in the playground, in the chapel for the Army Mass on Sunday mornings. She also enjoyed tremendously teaching youngsters at the various Army Schools in Kowloon. For this loyal service and dedication, the Chief Army Chaplain invited her to London in 1972 where she had the joy to meet the various chaplains who had been in Hong Kong and whom she had “mothered”, and many of the people she had known and loved.
Full of enthusiasm even in her late seventies and early eighties, Mother Adolfa never wasted a minute: at her sewing machine for hours she would make vestments for poor churched in the New Territories. On Saturdays she would teach Catechism to restless children, and on various weekdays she would instruct perspective concerts to the faith.
One may confidently say that she died on her feet: On Sunday 29 September she attended the Army Mass till 12:00 noon. At 12:20p.m. the terrible pain started which was to carry her to her grave two days later.
A touching detail of Mother Adolfa’s life is that she was for thirty-one years Spiritual Director of the Legion of Mary Praesidium “Mary Immaculate”. Her young Legionaries attending the funeral witnessed to the love she inspired by her child-like and, at times, naïve attitude.
Dear Mother Adolfa, we will miss you, too. It will be hard to
get used not to see you again in the school, placing flowers to the grotto of
Our Lady, preparing the chapel for your beloved Army people, talking to all you
met and inspiring a smile and a hope in them all. Goodbye, dear Mother Adolfa,
pray for Hong Kong, and for our Province, and for your School.
11 October 1985
嘉諾撒會 Adolfa Veronese 修女病逝
在 二 次 世 界 大 戰 後 即 開 始 在 嘉 諾 撒 聖 瑪 利 書 院 服 務 的
修 女 ， 於 一 九 八 五 年 十 月 一 日 病 逝 ， 享 年 八 十 三 歲 。
修 女 在 一 九 ０ 二 年 生 於 意 大 利 ， 十 九 歲 時 加 入 嘉 諾 撒 仁
愛 會 ， 廿 二 歲 發 初 願 後 即 離 國 抵 港 ， 曾 在 澳 門 執 教 短 時 期 後 ， 便 在 香 港 嘉 諾 撒 聖 瑪 利 書 院 服
務 ， 亦 曾 任 教 數 間 英 軍 子 弟 學 校 。 修 女 在 上 月 廿 九 日 正 午 時 感 到 劇 痛 ， 兩 天 後 病 逝 。
修 女 曾 任 聖 母 軍 神 師 三 十 年 。
1985 年 10 月 11 日
◆ 先賢錄－－香港天主教神職及男女修會會士 (1841-2010), 天主教香港教區檔案處, 2010.