IN MEMORIAM: Superior General Salvatore Izzo, M.SS.CC. 1944 - 2013
With great sadness and a grave sense of loss, we received the news of the death of our Superior General, Fr. Salvatore Izzo on Good Friday, March 29, 2013. His death came after a long and courageous battle with cancer. A battle he faced with serenity, dignity and the sure knowledge that God was with him always. Fr. Salvatore, a native of Rochetta e Croce, Italy was 68 years old.
At a very young age he knew that his heart will filled with the desire to serve Christ and live the religious life he was drawn to embrace. He entered the Missionaries of the Sacred Hearts in 1957, completed his ecclesiastical studies and professed perpetual vows in 1966. He was ordained to the priesthood in 1968. He strived to inspire others to a greater faith while he remained ever mindful of the daily struggles they endured. Beginning in 1981 and continuing until 1996 he ministered many years in his beloved India and served as the First Delegate to India. Under his direction, formation houses and novitiates were established along with the first mission station dedicated to the poor.
In the area of Secondigliano, a suburb of Naples, Italy, also the location of the Motherhouse of the Congregation, he was actively involved in the community needs, working with them to improve the area and supply vital services. In 2004, Fr. Izzo was elected as Superior General and was re-elected for a second term in 2010. During his tenure as Superior General, he directed the establishment of Houses of Formation in Nigeria and Indonesia, finding joy in the growth of vocations to his beloved Missionary Institute. He avidly promoted education; establishing schools in India to serve those in rural areas and helping families meet the needs of their children. In recent years, he promoted a Lay Association of the faithful, encouraging them to follow the charism of the Founder of the Missionaries, St. Gaetano Errico, believing that all, religious and the laity are called to a life of service, charity and love of God….a life he lived with steadfast commitment and joy.