Sr. ZIMBALDI, Emilia FDCC
(Villa San Fiorano)
Sister Emilia Zimbaldi, F.D.C.C.
Sister Emilia Zimbaldi of the Canossian Daughters of Charity died early on Sunday morning, 21 April 1996. She was 88 years old and a Canossian Sister for 63 years.
Sister Emilia was born in Vilassanta, a small town of Northern Italy near Monza, in 1908. She was the fourth of twelve children in an exemplary Catholic family. Sister Emilia grew up surrounded by an atmosphere of rich human and spiritual values. It was her mother who taught her Christian Doctrine and saw in her heart a great love for God and for the church, and for the poor.
As a teenager she went to a young lady to learn how to knit so as to be able to help her family more. This woman had a great missionary zeal which impressed young Emilia so that from this woman she not only learned how to knit but also received the missionary zeal that led her to decide to become a Missionary.
She entered the Novitiate in Vimercare on 15 September 1930, and after three years of formation she made her First Profession in 1933. She was then assigned to the Mission in Chenchow, China where she was asked to care for the school children teaching them Catechism. Not long after, she became ill and was hospitalised. While in hospital she realised the great need there was to help at the Hospital and always obedient and willing she undertook this ministry helping in the dispenary, the pharmacy, the wards, following the Doctors - wherever there was need.
When the Communist liberation came to China, Sister Emilia was detained along with many other Sisters and Priest, and later expelled from China.
She was then assigned to Ling Yuet Sin to look after the children of the Holy Infancy, and she remained here until 1954, when she was trangsferred to Aberdeen as a nurse in the dispensary where she served the poor and the sick with love until 1964. She was then sent to Coloane-Macao to work in the dispensary there and to visit the sick in their homes. They used to call her “the Doctor of Coloane”.
She returned to Hong Kong in 1982 and was sent once more to Ling Yuet Sin to work in the dispensary and also in the eye clinic, and with the children of the orphanage; and later she worked with the kindergarten children.
Even in her eighty’s, Sister Emilia enjoyed meeting the kindergarten children and their parents when they left school, which during the day she would spend a lot of time praying for the need of the whole world and for Vocations. She knitted lovely woolies for the poor, offering every stitch to God for the salvation of souls.
In April 1994 she was transferred to Villa Bakhita, the Sisters’ Infirmary where she was happy to render little service to the sick Sisters and continued her life of prayer and kitting for the poor.
Two months ago she fell and was taken to Hospital. She seemed to be recovering well, at first, and was able to return to her community, but gradually, her conditions deteriorated. She was brought to Canossa Hospital on Saturday afternoon, and during the night, she passed away quietly.
We thank the Lord for the gift of Sister Emilia to the
church, to the missions and to us. May she continue from heaven her loving
10 May 1996
Emilia Zimbaldi 修 女 在 一 九 ０ 八 年 生 於 意 大 利 北 部 Monza 一 個 小 巿 鎮 ， 長 大 於 一 個 非 常 熱 心 的 公 教 家 庭 ， 特 別 受 母 親 那 份 熱 愛 天 主 、 教 會 和 窮 苦 人 的 愛 心 所 影 響 。
修 女 於 一 九 三 ０ 年 九 月 十 五 日 加 入 嘉 諾 撒 仁 愛 女 修 會 ； 在 一 九 三 三 年 宣 發 初 願 後 ， 隨 即 被 派 到 中 國 鄭 州 服 務 ， 實 踐 醫 務 護 理 的 仁 愛 工 作 。
文 化 大 革 命 期 間 ， Zimbaldi 修 女 與 其 他 神 職 會 士 被 送 往 集 中 營 ， 後 被 逐 出 她 心 愛 的 傳 教 地 方 ── 中 國 。
到 了 香 港 以 後 ， 曾 服 務 於 凌 月 仙 育 嬰 院 、 香 港 仔 漁 民 區 及 澳 門 路 環 ， 為 孤 兒 和 病 患 者 奉 獻 自 己 的 一 生 ， 被 譽 為 「路 環 醫 生」 ； 晚 年 利 用 更 多 時 間 熱 切 為 整 個 世 界 的 需 要 和 聖 召 祈 禱 。
九 四 年 四 月 ， 她 因 年 紀 老 邁 轉 居 嘉 諾 撒 會 安 老 院 ， 繼 續 以 祈 禱 、 靜 默 和 編 織 事 奉 上 主 。
Zimbaldi 修 女 於 兩 個 月 前 ， 因 跌 倒 需 動 手 術 ， 健 康
每 況 愈 下 。 終 在 一 九 九 六 年 四 月 廿
一 日 清 晨 ， 在 寧 靜 平 安 中 回 歸 上 主 ， 享 年 八 十 八 歲 。
1996 年 5 月 17 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.