Venerable Servant of God Antonio Seghezzi, diocesan priest

Promulgation of Decree of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints

On  December 21st 2020, the Holy Father Pope Francis received Cardinal Marcello Semeraro, Prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, in audience and authorised the Congregation to promulgate the Decree concerning the heroic virtues of the Servant of God Antonio Seghezzi, diocesan priest, born in Premolo, Diocese of Bergamo, on 25 August 1906, and died in the concentration camp of Dachau on 21 May 1945.

 

Venerable Antonio Seghezzi

The priestly mission of Venerable Antonio Seghezzi (1906-1945) was mainly dedicated to young people, first as formator in the diocesan minor seminary and then as spiritual assistant to the Youth of Catholic Action. He taught the young people the value of Gospel radicality, which he himself lived. The painful scenes of the war in Ethiopia, where he was military chaplain at the front (1935-1937), and then of the Second World War in Italy (1939-1944), brought him face to face with the material and moral suffering of many brothers and sisters whom he tried to help through works of mercy. In 1943, after the overthrow of Fascism in Italy, Father Seghezzi realised that he had to commit himself, as a priest, to a new task: to help young people who were in serious difficulties because they were fugitives from the German enemy. His work, which had no political dimension, but was in keeping with the law of charity, led to his arrest by the Nazi-Fascists on 27 October 1943.  He was sentenced to 5 years of deportation to Germany. The hardships he suffered in prison brought on a severe form of tuberculosis which led to his death on 21 May 1945.

The Cause of Beatification began in 1990 and was entrusted to the postulator general of the Order of Friars Minor, the Rev. Juan Folguera Trepat, OFM.