Fr. Zambotti, pioneer of PH Camillian mission, dies at 71

Fr. Zambotti, pioneer of PH Camillian mission, dies at 71

Father Anselmo Zambotti, MI (1949-2020). PHOTO FROM THE CAMILLIANS

By CBCP News

August 21, 2020

Manila, Philippines

Italian Father Anselmo Zambotti, a pioneer Camillian missionary to the Philippines, died on Wednesday, his congregation said.

Zambotti suffered “cerebral hemorrhage” on Aug. 17 that reduced him to vegetative state and death in his home country.

He was 71.

Born in Pejo town in the northern Italian region, Zambotti was ordained priest in June 1975.

Few weeks after his ordination, the priest along with a small group of young confreres left for Manila to start the Camillian presence in the Philippines.

The task of vocation promotion launched at that time resulted in the steady increase of local vocations and the establishment of several Camillian religious houses in the country.

He served as vice-pastor of the Our Lady of La Paz Parish in Makati City from 1977 to 1982, where he founded the “Friends of the Sick”, a volunteer-based organization.

In January 1983, he returned to Italy and was assigned to the formation of the temporary professed in Verona S. Giuliano.

For four years, he also served different capacities including the chaplain at the Borgo Trento hospital and secretary of the Provincial Center for Vocations.

In 1987, Fr. Zambotti returned to the Philippines as Master of the Temporary Professed at St. Camillus Scholasticate in Quezon City.

He also served as Superior of the St. Camillus Chaplaincy Community in Quezon City.

In 1992, he was appointed as coordinator of the Manila archdiocese’s Ministry of Health, a post he served until he was elected consultor and secretary of the General Consulta in Rome in 1995.

From 2001 to 2014, the priest also served various positions in Taipei, Milan, and Rome.

In September 2015, he returned to Verona S. Giuliano where he served in the Church of San Giuliano and where on June 13, 2017 he was named Superior.

In 2018, Fr. Zambotti was diagnosed with cancer and underwent chemotherapy. He was also scheduled for surgery this year but was postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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