Today, Friday 16 April 2021, shortly after 4.30 pm (10.30 pm in the Philippines) our dear brother Fr Alessandro Brambilla died in Parañaque-Manila. For some days he had been suffering from a malaise attributable to pneumonia, and given the progressive worsening, the doctor who followed him had just ordered hospitalization, but while he was in an ambulance he suddenly passed away. He was 78 years old.
Father Sandro was born in Gorgonzola (province and diocese of Milan) on March 29, 1943, son of Giulio and Giuseppina Cavalleri. The youngest of four brothers, completed three years of industrial training in Melzo, he worked for five years, and then entered the Institute’s Seminary in Monza on October 1, 1962. He graduated from classical studies at the PIME Seminary in Cervignano; the theological studies, begun at the Interregional Theological Faculty in Milan, concluded them at our Missionary Theological Study. He made the Definitive Promise on 12 January 1973 and on 28 June of the same year, in Milan, he was ordained a priest for the imposition of the hands of Cardinal Giovanni Colombo. He was sent to the Philippines for a job on the island of Mindanao, which he joined in the summer of 1974, after studying English in London. In 1977 he was transferred to Tondo (Manila) to serve the large parish of San Pablo Apostol, with a population of more than 50 thousand people. Once the parish has been handed over to the diocese of Manila, he accepts the proposal for a service in Italy, as administrator at the Missionary Center in Milan. He returns to the Philippines for 4 years, working on the island of Mindanao (Sirawai, Dipolog) very marked by political guerrilla, insurrections and the problem of logging and is then called back to Italy, this time in Rome, for the service. as general treasurer until 1997. From then on he returned to the Philippines, to Siraway, putting himself back at the service of the people, the Church and the confreres there. For some years he collaborated as a resident priest in the parish of Mary Queen of Apostles, in Parañaque.
In one of his letters in 1993, in response to the invitation to take up a position at the service of the Institute, he wrote: “… I no longer expected such an invitation: because the recent killing of Father Salvatore Carzedda (in Zamboanga non far away from Sirawai) a few months ago, we lack of personnel, then Sirawai is a place of people who come and go, the stable community is made up only of a small group of faithful, so the presence of the priest is really important; in addition, now there are also some young people who think they are consecrating themselves to God and need to be followed. I also have no qualifications to take on the role of general treasurer and above all the responsibility is great. Now I cannot speak to any of the confreres about all this because I live alone, next month I will go to Zamboanga and I hope to have the opportunity to talk about it with someone. Meanwhile, remember me in prayer ”.