2020-02-20 ITALY

Carlo Spagnolli: A Lay Marist Doctor Committed to Champagnat’s Ideals

Carlo Spagnolli was a lay Marist doctor who, after studying at the Lycée San Leone Magno dei Fratelli Maristi in Rome, dedicated his whole life to the humanitarian mission in Africa.

In 1975 his received his medical degree from the Università Cattolica di Roma and travelled to Uganda to work in the field of humanitarian aid, serving the most needy. From 1989 to 1996, inspired by Marist values of solidarity, he served the people of Eritrea, Ethiopia and Cameroon.

In 1996, he moved to Zimbabwe to work as a surgeon, and the fight against AIDS became his main commitment. In 2002, desiring to welcome and help orphaned children and HIV carriers, he opened a children’s center, the St. Marcellin Children’s Village Trust, which also provided education and medical assistance to children with disabilities.

Carlo Spagnolli, former Marist student, died at the age of 70 on February 2nd in Rovereto. During his life he always stayed in touch with the Italian Marist world, and especially with his former teachers in San Leone Magno—Brothers Vasco Santi, Claudio Alberti, and Alberto Dalla Costa.


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