* 1906 7 16 日在意大利 (Italy) 域奇奧 (Vecchio) 洛迪 (Lodi) 出生
* 1922 年 9 21 日在意大利埃斯泰 (Este) 發願
* 1931
年 5 月 30 日在香港晉鐸
* 2002
9 25 日在香港逝世


Father Mario Acquistapace, S.D.B.

Father Mario Acquistapace, SDB, passed away peacefully at the Salesian Braga House in Shaukeiwan on the morning of 25 September 2002. He had been a member of the Salesians of Don Bosco for 80 years and was 96 years of age.

He was born on the feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, 16 July 1906 in Lodi Vecchio, Italy. At the age of 16 he entered the Salesians and made his novitiate at Este, near Venice. He made his first profession on 21 September 1922 and two years later set out for China arriving in Macau on 30 January 1926.

In 1927 he began his theological studies first at St. Louis School, West Point, and then, in 1930, at the Salesian Missionary House, Shaukeiwan. After his perpetual profession on 9 February 1929, he was ordained a priest by Bishop Valtorta in Hong Kong’s Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception on 30 May 1931 together with nine others, the first Salesains to be ordained in China.

After his ordination, Father Mario served in Instituto Immaculada Concecao, Macau, first as Prefect of Studies until 1936 and then as Rector during the war years until 1946.

In 1946 he was sent to found the Mary Help of Christians Salesian Institute in Peking, a house for poor and abandoned boys in Northen China. He was Rector of that house until 1952.

In 1952 Father Mario was assigned back to Hong Kong by the Rector Major for a six-year term as Provincial of the China Province. During that time, the Salesians expanded their mission to include Vietnam and the Philippines.

When his term as Provincial was over, Father Mario was sent as Delegate of the Rector Major to consolidate the newly born Salesian presence in Vietnam. In this capacity, he was Rector of the Foyer Don Bosco, Govap, Saigon from 1958 to 1964 and of the St. Therese Orphanage, Thu Duc from 1964 to 1970. He returned again to Foyer Don Bosco, Govap, Saigon to be full-time delegate until 1974. Under his care, the Salesian works in Vietnam expanded and continued even after the Communist take-over in 1975.

In 1974 Father Mario was assigned back to Macau as Director of the Escola de Sao Franciso Xavier, Coloane, a reformatory for young offenders, and two years later at the age of 70 became the Parish Priest of the Igreja de Sao Francisco Xavier, Coloane, a post which he held until 1990. In that church he had care of precious relics of the Japanese martyrs.

When his health began to fail he entered the Salesian infirmary of Braga House, Shaukeiwan, where he remained until his death. During there last 12 year of his life he continued to actively promote devotion to Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament and to Mary Help of Christians.

The Mass of the Resurrection was celebrated in Saint Anthony’s Church on 5 October and burial took place immediately after at Saint Michael’s Cemetery in Happy Valley.
20 October 2002



慈 幼 會 會 士 陳 基 慈 神 父 於 二 0 0 二 年 九 月 廿 五 日 (星 期 三) 上 午 十 時 二 十 分 , 安 息 主 懷 , 享 年 九 十 六 歲 。

陳 神 父 近 日 身 體 有 點 不 適 , 九 月 廿 五 日 早 上 如 常 起 床 , 參 與 感 恩 祭 , 早 餐 後 突 然 呼 吸 困 難 , 看 護 人 員 馬 上 急 召 救 護 車 , 送 往 東 區 尤 德 醫 院 後 不 治 離 世 。 送 院 之 前 , 院 長 梁 幹 潮 神 父 已 及 時 為 他 舉 行 傅 油 聖 事 。

陳 神 父 一 九 0 六 年 七 月 十 六 日 在 意 大 利 Lodi Vecchio 出 生 , 二 二 年 在 意 大 利 Este 矢 發 初 願 , 二 六 年 來 華 傳 教 , 二 九 年 在 香 港 矢 發 永 願 。 三 一 年 晉 鐸 後 , 陳 神 父 獲 委 派 往 澳 門 及 北 京 服 務 , 五 二 至 五 八 年 間 出 任 慈 幼 會 中 華 省 會 長 , 其 後 到 越 南 擔 任 修 院 院 長 , 以 及 在 澳 門 服 務 學 校 及 堂 區 。 九 0 年 退 休 後 , 在 香 港 少 懷 之 家 休 養 。

陳 神 父 的 守 靈 彌 撒 及 殯 葬 彌 撒 分 別 於 十 月 四 日 (星 期 五) 晚 上 八 時 及 十 月 五 日 (星 期 六) 上 午 十 時 , 在 西 環 聖 安 多 尼 堂 舉 行 。 慈 幼 會 中 華 會 區 敬 請 各 位 為 陳 神 父 的 靈 魂 安 息 獻 祭 祈 禱 。
2002 年 10 月 6 日

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