In memory of Br Luigi Perugini (1940-2020)

On 27 November 2020, at the hospital of S. Benedetto del Tronto in the Marches of Italy, Br Luigi Perugini died. He was born in Montecosaro, on 4 October 1940 and he received the Franciscan habit in Treia, on 20 September 1958. He made simple profession of vows in Treia, on 21 September 1959 and consecrated himself definitively to the Lord in Colfano di Camporotondo, on 17 September 1965. He was ordained a priest in Jesi, on 27 March 1966.

Br Luigi was Minister Provincial from 1984 to 1991, and also President of the Conference of Ministers Provincial of Italy (COMPI) from 1988 to 1991.  He was elected Definitor General in 1991 and remained in office until 1997. In the meantime, he was appointed President of the Fondazione Opere Antoniane (1991-2003). From 1997 to 2003 he was Director of the Communications Office of the General Curia and from 1997 to 2015 Director of Acta Ordinis. From 1997 to 2006 he also served as Vicar of the General Curia.

From 2009 to 2018 he lived at St. Anthony’s College until his health deteriorated. He then returned to the Province to be cared for and assisted. In the last few days, his health condition worsened, not least because of Covid-19, with the consequent complications. He was moved to the Covid ward of the Hospital of S. Benedetto del Tronto, where the Lord called him to Himself.

Br Luigi was Definitor General and subsequently collaborated in various capacities with four Ministers General, for almost thirty years. The present Minister General, in his letter to the Province, stressed “his competence, seriousness, fidelity and great generosity in every type of work and role required of him”. The Minister General concluded, “We will certainly miss his kind presence, his friendly smile, including his ability to capture every fraternal moment with his camera, which he cared so much about”. He had a great passion for photography: a true poet of image and photography. With gratitude, we entrust our dearest Br Luigi to the eternal and infinite goodness and mercy of the Lord, in the certainty that everything is written in the book of life and in the heart of God.