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Brother Flavio Testa completes 100 years

08/05/2010: Italy - Photo gallery

Born in Castel Madama (Italy) on 2 May 1910, Brother Flavio Testa has achieved a century of life. His 100th birthday was celebrated at the Colegio San Leone Magno of Rome, where he is a member of the community. Surrounded by brothers, family and friends, he renewed his vows and took part joyfully in the Mass and the meal. He has reached his century without ever having visited the dentist. He was annoyed with those present for applauding him, saying that “only the Lord should be applauded” for having given him a hundred years of life.

Brother Onorino Rota gave a survey of Brother Flavio’s life, emphasizing some important dates. He began his juniorate in Mondovi (1922), and did novitiate and made first profession at Ventimiglia (1926). Present at his profession ceremony was Brother Alfano, his master of novices. Today, the remains of this saintly brother rest in the chapel of the college of San Leone Magno. In 1931 Flavio made perpetual vows in the Institute of the Marist Brothers. He has performed various ministries: Superior, catechist, teacher, administrator and others as the need required. He has always been active and dynamic, including the time when, as librarian at San Leone Magno, the library moved to the basement.

Brother Onorino concluded by saying: “Brother Flavio has lived his vocation with serenity and joy to reach his first 100 years. (Let us remember that we cannot place limits on the Providence of God). Let us together today celebrate this Eucharist with heartfelt joy for the great gift God has given to the Marist Brothers and to each of us in the person of Brother Flavio”.

Brother Emili Turú, Superior General, representing all the brothers of the Institute, and Brother Antonio Giménez, Provincial of Mediterránea, presented him with a papal blessing and a beautiful image of the Good Mother.

Thanks to the Lord and our Good Mother for this first of the Italian brothers to achieve a century.

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