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Closure of diocesan inquiry for Servant of God Bishop Orestes Marengo


By ANS - Rome
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Kolkata, Feb. 19. (ANS - Tura) - The closing session of the Diocesan inquiry into the virtues, life and fame of holiness of the Servant of God Orestes Marengo (1906-1998), a Salesian missionary bishop, took place on Saturday 16 February 2013 at the Diocesan Centre, Tura, in North-East India. The Inquiry began on 12 April 2007.
Bishop Andrew R. Marak, diocesan bishop, performed this official act in a moving recall of how Bishop Marengo had helped him in his own Christian and vocational journey at difficult moments and in periods of trial. Present at the event were Bishop George Mamalassery, bishop emeritus of Tura, Inquiry officials, the Postulator General, Fr Pierluigi Cameroni, sdb, and the Vice Postulator, Fr Joseph Puthenpurakal, sdb, diocesan representatives, members of the Salesian Family and other religious congregations, relatives and friends of Bishop Marengo who had come from Italy - a large delegation led by Fr Gino Chiesa, director of the mission office in Alba diocese, and Mrs Pinuccia Aimasso, deputy mayor of Diano Alba, Bishop Marengo's birthplace.

Servant of God, Bishop Orestes Marengo did his secondary schooling at Valdocco and in 1923 began his novitiate at Foglizzo. In December that year he left as a missionary for Assam, India, and completed his novitiate at Shillong. His field of endeavour as a young priest and later as bishop, was amongst the Himalayan tribes. He was a tireless, zealous and generous worker, a man of great humanity, with a solid faith and burning apostolic passion for the Gospel cause. In order to better serve and communicate with his people he learned many of the local languages. In 1951, he was ordained Bishop in Turin for the new diocese of Dibrugarh. From there in 1964 he was transferred to Tezpur, and finally finished his episcopal ministry at Tura, where he was apostolic administrator from 1972 to 1978.

Right up to the end of his long life Bishop Marengo was an heroic missionary, a living icon of the Good Shepherd, belonging to that glorious band of Salesian missionaries like Bishop Stephen Ferrando and Fr Costantine Vendrame, both Servants of God who planted the Church and Don Bosco's charism in North-East India.

The Beatification process now moves on to the Roman stage, meaning the study of the acts of the diocesan inquiry and a judgement on the merits of the cause.
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