Fr. Pietro Cifuni returned to our Father’s House
We received news that Fr. Pietro Cifuni, died around 3:00pm on the 13th of April 2020. He belonged to the Italian Center-South Province and a member of the community of the Mother House in Messina. He fell asleep in the Lord following the respiratory and cardio-circulatory failure and internal bleeding.
He just turned 88 last January. He was born in Pisticci, in the province of Matera, on January 3, 1932. Still a boy, he had entered to our Congregation in Oria on January 12, 1944. He spent his Novitiate year in Trani in 1948 and the made his first religious profession in the same place a year after. He was ordained a priest in Oria in 1957.
In the General Chapter of 1974 he was elected General Treasurer and was reconfirmed in the 1980 General Chapter. In 1986 he was elected Superior General and reconfirmed in 1992 Chapter.
He left us several Circular Letters about the history and charism of the Congregation. He was cultured, simple, affable, attentive and available to the brethren and those who approached him. He was especially faithful to his the commitment to religious life and his priest ministry.
The funeral will be celebrated tomorrow, April 14 at 15.30 pm, in a strictly private gathering behind closed doors in the Minor Basilica of Saint Anthony of Padua in Messina.