The beautification of Fr. Bernardo Sartori is being given a priority by the Holy See. Bishop Sabino Ocan Odoki revealed this to the priests during the All Clergy meeting at Christus Centre on September 25, 2018. “The Decastery for the Causes of Saints is taking the beatification and canonization of Fr. Sartori very seriously,” said Bishop Sabino. “The Diocese is urged to get more involved in promoting the cause of Fr. Sartori’s beatification. We must now start to organize activities towards his beatification,” the Bishop continued. Fr. Roberto Perogari, MCCJ, was tasked to form a committee that will translate writings about the life of Fr. Bernardo Sartori. This committee will also plan many activities towards to beatification of Fr. Sartori.
Beatification is a process by which a Christian, whose heroic virtues or martyrdom have been recognized, is declared blessed and enrolled in the catalogue of Saints, establishing him or her to be honoured with pious devotions and certain liturgical exercises in a restricted place. By canonization, the honour is extended to the whole universal church. The Christian has walked in the footsteps of Christ up to death and is a worthy example to inspire others.
Fr. Bernardo Sartori was a Comboni Missionary who came to Arua Diocese in 1934. He was born on May 26, 1897 at Falze in Italy. He was ordained a priest on March 31, 1923. He worked in the parishes of Arivu, Lodonga, Otumbari, Koboko and Ombaci. Fr. Sartori was instrumental in founding many on these parishes. Fr. Sartori died on April 3, 1983 at the Chapel of St. Joseph’s College Ombaci. He is buried at the cemetery of Ombaci Parish. End