July 11

1949: An exemplary salesian

Brother Henry Botta died at the age of 90 after 71 years of profession. At the age of 10 he went to Argentina with his Mother. When the Salesians arrived five years later, he and his brother were among the first Oratory boys. Both made their religious profession in 1879. The then provincial (later bishop) Fr. Raspanti, wrote thus in the mortuary letter of Henry. “He was more of a salesian than all the others Salesians who knew him.” He spent almost his entire life in the the Technical School of Buenos Aires as the Head of the Carpentry section. His spirit of work and mortification and love for the congregation were extraordinary. He slept on a matress in the workshop for nearly fifty years to prevent the danger of fire. At his death everyone was convinced that he had another intercessor in heaven. Information is being gathered to introduce his cause. (Athi 195.5, No.195) 

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