The ceremony took place at the Boy’s Village
Cogorno – Diego De Martini, born in 1935, originally from Favale di Malvaro, received the “Goodness Award” last night, on the occasion of the 15th “ad-Dio” to Don Nando, the ceremony commemorating the anniversary of his death of the founder of the Village of the Boy, Don Nando Negri. The mass was celebrated outdoors, in the courtyard of the seat of San Salvatore of the diocesan work, by the bishop’s vicar, Don Stefano Mazzini.
“We are still in a particular year – underlines the president of the Village, priest Rinaldo Rocca – So, we meet outside”. In his homily, Fr Mazzini addressed some key words and concepts of the Gospel message, brought to life by Fr Nando and those who work for the good of others, starting from communion, “Gospel background style”, To continue with the essentiality:“ The Gospel is communicated through the simple life that preserves a special richness, that of the Lord ”. The message of Jesus is a universal message, and “where universality is lacking there is no Christianity”. “Thinking of Don Nando – continues the diocesan vicar – this appears to us ever more clearly, recognizing the works of charity”.
Diego De Martini, who turned 86 on February 24, was a craftsman in his life: 25 years at the Sangermani shipyards, then in his personal workshop, in the area of Rupinaro, in Chiavari. He has two sons, Stefano and Lorenzo, and three grandchildren, Luca, Rocco and Anna. Having received the reports, the commission chaired by Professor Elvira Landò Gazzolo actually recognized in her life that silent goodness that interprets Don Nando’s own style.
“I have a wonderful memory of Don Nando – he says – I met him as a young man, when I worked at Rupinaro. He was a farsighted man, who knew how to look far to give rise to the professional training that has really helped many young people. This place here, on the other hand, I remember being bombed, the first time I entered “.
The motivation reads: “In dealing with anyone who comes to him for moral or material difficulties, Diego De Martini it manifests the traits in which that charity which Saint Paul praises is incarnated: he is welcoming, generous, patient, capable of transmitting trust and serenity. The door of his house is always open for advice, for a meal, for comfort, to those who are alone, poor, marginalized ”.
“I did not expect it – he fades – it was wonderful news. I have always tried to live the teachings carried out also in the catechism ”. In his home in San Salvatore, he experienced the phase of the pandemic: “He taught us – he reflects – to really think about important and concrete things and not just the ephemeral ones of this world”.