|Birth: ||Jul. 7, 1925|
|Death: ||Apr. 20, 2006|
On Thursday, April 20, 2006, at Collevalenza, Todi, Province of Perugia, Italy, Monsignor Giuseppe Benacek passed peacefully away at the age of eighty.
Msgr. Ph.Dr. Josef Benįček was born in Olomouc, in then Czechoslovakia on July 7, 1925, and was ordained to the priesthood at the Papal Archbasilica of St. John Lateran on March 4, 1950, for the Archdiocese of Olomouc. However, on his way back to his native country which had been under Communist influence since 1948, he was forbidden to enter and his passport was confiscated.
Settling thus in Italy, from 1951 till 1955, he served as Chaplain in different parishes at the Northern Tyrol. In 1955, he became professor at the Seminary of Assisi. Successively, he worked in the Congregation for Catholic Education in Rome, where he served as librarian and archivist. From 1993 until 1997, he acted as delegate of the Holy See in the Committee for Education of the Council of Europe in Strasbourg.
Following the collapse of Communism, Monsignor Benįček was finally able to return to his native country to see his only remaining sister. He never saw his parents, other relatives and friends again, as they had all died during the period he was forbidden to enter Czechoslovakia.
For years, Monsignor Benįček lived at the Domus Romana Sacerdotalis in Rome until July 2005, when following his eightieth birthday, he moved to a residence for retired priests at Collevalenza in Todi, Province of Perugia, where he eventually passed away. During his last years he suffered from continuous health problems, which caused him even the loss of his left eye. The daily celebration of the Eucharist, which he ministered even when his health was severely declining, kept him going in his last months, spent in remarkable and exemplary silence.
Cimitero Comunale Monumentale Campo Verano
Cittą Metropolitana di Roma Capitale
Plot: Tomba del Pontificio Collegio Nepomuceno.
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Record added: Jun 05, 2008
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