Rev Marcello Labor

Rev Marcello Labor

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Death 29 Sep 1954 (aged 64)
Burial Trieste, Provincia di Trieste, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy
Memorial ID 28858664 · View Source
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Marcello Labor was born Marcello Loewy on July 8, 1890, from a Jewish Family, who had moved to Trieste, Italy, from Kanisza, in Hungary. He was a gifted Literary Figure, Writer, Medical Doctor and Researcher within the Tuberculosis Section, Scholar of Social Questions, Educator and Theologian. He was ordained to the Priesthood in 1940, and was proclaimed as a Servant Of God by the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, on June 11, 2000.

Following his Gymnasium Studies at Trieste, during which period, he dedicated his talents to numerous Literary Works, including several correspondences with Scipio Slataper, Pietro Pasini, Giani Stuparich, Guido Devescovi, Elody Oblath, and Gigetta Carniel, and the translation of "Judith", of Friedrich Hebbel. He kept his love for Literature throughout all his life, writing over 200 articles, which are nowadays conserved at the Labor Archives inside the Bibliotheca of the Diocesan Seminary of Trieste.

Changing his surname to Labor in order to sound more Italian on the advice of his father, Marcello underwent further studies within the Medical Fields, obtaining his Degree from Graz, in 1914. In the meantime, he married Elsa Reiss, the daughter of Willy Reiss – Romoli, a keen intellectual. Elsa died in 1934.

Deeply sympathetic to National Socialism since his early age, he wrote a number of Socialistic Chants, prior to his conversion to the Catholic Church, working next to poor workers as their Doctor, whilst studying the terrible disease of Tuberculosis. He kept several diaries, in which he described his Medical Research and activities in Pola, his interest in the Catholic Church, his Baptism, and his deep interest in the Catholic Action.

Labor was ordained to the Priesthood on September 21, 1940, by Msgr. Antonio Santin, Former Bishop of the Diocese of Trieste, and was successively named as Rector of the Seminary of Capodistria, and later as Parish Priest of San Giusto at Trieste in 1948, following the demise of Msgr. Guido Galvani. He furthermore served as Rector of the Seminary of Trieste. A renowned Conferencer and Spiritual Director to many, he received the Personal Title of Monsignor, and wrote several books on Mystic Theology and Eucharist Adorations, which where published following his demise.

In 1943, Msgr. Labor was exiled because of his Jewish origins, and served as Vicar Parish Priest of Fossalta di Portogruaro until 1945. In 1947, he was imprisoned by the Communists of Marshal Tito, and died of a cardiac arrest, as he had predicted on September 29, 1954, at Via Besenghi, Trieste.

In his Spiritual Testament, he asked to be buried wearing only his soutaine, without any Liturgical Vestments, insignias or Birettas, with a simple marker stating only his name followed by "Former Parish Priest of San Giusto."


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  • Created by: Eman Bonnici
  • Added: 8 Aug 2008
  • Find a Grave Memorial 28858664
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Rev Marcello Labor (8 Jul 1890–29 Sep 1954), Find a Grave Memorial no. 28858664, citing Chiesa di Sant'Antonio Taumaturgo, Trieste, Provincia di Trieste, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy ; Maintained by Eman Bonnici (contributor 46572312) .