Wednesday, September 1, 2010


Agenzia Fides REPORT – Fr. Luigi Colombo, an Italian missionary of the Pontifical Institute for Foreign Missions (PIME), greatly loved by the faithful of Hong Kong, has returned to the Father's house on August 22 at the age of 94, having spent 40 dedicated to the mission of Hong Kong. According to the biography published by the Kong Ko Bao (the Chinese version of the diocesan bulletin), Father Colombo was born in Italy in November 1915. He entered the seminary at a young age and was ordained priest in June 1940 in the Cathedral of Milan. After helping the Italian pastoral ministry in various parishes, he went to study English in England. In 1950, he went to serve in the United States of America and in 1960 he was appointed spiritual director of the PIME Seminary in the USA. He arrived in Hong Kong in September 1961. After studying the local language, he was appointed vicar of the Parish of St. Peter. Transferred to the Cathedral in March 1964, in February 1965 he began overseeing the diocesan administration. That same year, he also assumed the post of pastor at the Parish of St. Teresa. He was later transferred to the Parish of St. Joseph in July 1977 and worked there until his retirement in 1999. After 40 years of missionary work abroad, he spent his last years at the PIME Residence in Italy. However, he never forgot his Hong Kong, the mission where he had dedicated 40 years of his life and love.

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