March 27

1841: Diaconate

John was ordained deacon in 1841 on the Saturday before Passion Sunday. On May 15, he passed his final examination before ordination and scored a plus quam optime…Remarks: zealous and promising. (BM I, 382)

1864: Two deaths predicted

On January 29 Don Bosco disclosed to the Oratory infirmarian, Mancardi, the names of two Oratory boys, Tardi ti and Paolo, who would die before the end of Lent (cfr. BM VII, 373). Ignatius Mancardi wrote the two names and gave them sealed to Father Alasonatti, to be opend only after Easter. March 27: Sunday of the Resurrection of Our Lord Jesus Christ. Today, in the presence of several senior members of the conizretzation, Fr. Alasonatti opened the scaled letter which Mancardi, the infirmarian, had entrusted to his keeping on January 30th and read the names of Paolo and Tarditi. (13M vll, 385 )
They had died on February 27 and March 12.

1885: Instantaneous cure of cripple

When Don Bosco was at Nice, a whole family of seven came to see him. They were carrying a little girl who was a cripple and asked for a blessing. As Don Bosco was finishing the formula of the blessing, all started crying, “she is cured”. The saint was ill at ease that these cures took place instantaneously. He wished they would take place after an interval as a result of a novena or triduum to Our Lady! (cfr. MB X VII, 424)

1907: Death of Father Durando (1840-1907)

Celestine Durando, born at Farigliano di Mondivi on April 29, 1840, entered the Oratory in 1856. On the very first day he met Dominic Savio, with whom he later founded the Immaculate Conception Sodality. On December 18, 1859, with other clerics he was a founding member of the Salesian Congregation. He was ordained a priest in Mondovi in 1864. The following year he became a member of the general council and held that office nearly for forty years. For Durando was well known for his several, greatly praised school publications…. A zealous priest, he distinguished himself in the ministry of the confessional. He died in the Oratory on March 27, 1907. “A silent man’, wrote Father Rua. “Fr. Durando lived a career of good works, rich in merit. Wherever he passed he left the image of a priestly Salesian spirit.” (BM XIV, 569-570)

1923: Death of Marcellus Rossi (1847-1923)

He entered the Oratory in 1869 at the age of 22. Marcellus was the 3rd of 9 children, two of whom became salesian Brothers and three FMA sisters. He had to fight hard for his vocation. His father considered his vocation a mere caprice of an immature mind and went to the Oratory to bring him back home. Rossi was adamant and let his father return home alone. He said: “Marcellus is no more my son, I disown him!” And Marcellus, like Francis of old, sent back to his father even the clothes he had received from him, and was satisfied with what he could get at the Oratory. However, in less than a year the father died and Don Bosco sent him home to console his relatives, saying: “Tell them that your father is saved!” He (Marcellus) was first assigned to the bookstore and, after one year’s probation, was admitted to triennial vows in January 1871. At the beginning of 1873 he fell critically ill and obtained permission to make his perpetual profession. To the amazement of all – including his doctor – he felt perfectly well the following morning. In urgent need of a conscientious doorkeeper, Don Bosco entrusted him with that office on the temporary basis since he was uncertain whether Rossi’s health would hold. As things turned out, Rossi remained on the job forty-eight years admired and respected by all for his courtesy, amiability and edifying demeanor. He died at the Oratory on March 27, 1923. (BM XIII, 142-143 footnote)

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