Carmine MARRONE, OMI

Remembering a beloved Oblate like Father Armando MESSURI on the 80th anniversary of his passing is truly special. His final moments were a testament to his deep faith.

Despite barely being able to speak, he managed to say in his last moments, “Don’t you want me to go to heaven?” In a final effort, he asked for the large crucifix hanging on the wall. We held it against his chest, and with his left hand, he embraced it. Thus, Christ on the cross gave a kiss of peace to this humble servant. At 6:30 PM on June 8th, Father Messuri departed in peace.

 A Prophetic Lesson

Armando MESSURI, OMI

A few days before, Father Bello had told the nuns evacuated to Rome in a prophetic tone, “Go and see how the saints die!” These words took on special meaning as the community witnessed Father Messuri’s peaceful passing. His death was a testimony of his faith and left a mark on all of us.

Tribute in Marino

Today, Father Messuri’s remains rest in the chapel of the youth center in Marino, on the outskirts of Rome. To commemorate his legacy, on Monday, June 17th at 6:00 PM, Fr. Fabio CIARDI will lead a gathering in his honor, followed by a Mass. This event is an opportunity to reflect on his life and the impact he had on our Oblate Family.

Father Messuri’s life inspires us to follow his example of service and devotion. His legacy lives on in each of us, reminding us of the importance of living with faith and humility. This tribute is more than just a commemoration; it’s a tribute to a man who dedicated his life to serving others and his faith.