CATHOLIC NEWS OF THE WEEK . Saturday, 22 September 2018

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Final farewell to PIME missionary

HONG KONG (SE): Father Luciano Lazzeri of the Pontifical Institute for Foreign Missions (PIME), died on June 11 at the PIME Rest House in Lecco, Italy.
 
Born in 1940 in a mountainous village in northern Italy, near the Swiss border know to be rich in vocations, Father Lazzeri completed his secondary education at the seminary of the Diocese of Como before joining the PIME Institute. 
 
He was ordained a priest in 1964 and spent a few years teaching in the institute’s minor seminaries.
 
He arrived in Hong Kong in 1969 and, after studying the Cantonese language, was assigned to the Holy Family parish, Choi Hung; later to St. Lawrence parish, Cheung Sha Wan; then St. Alfred’s parish, Shatin. His final posting in Hong Kong was as pastor of the then-new Holy Spirit parish in Homantin. 
 
Father Lazzeri returned to Italy in 1981 where he worked in the editorial offices of the PIME missionary publications in Milan. 
 
After serving as spiritual director of the PIME major seminary for a few years, he spent the remaining years of his life in Genoa, engaging in pastoral ministry at nearby parishes.
 
Father Lazzeri was an artist. In Hong Kong and in Italy he practised the art of bamboo and wood carving with great creativity.

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