Frei Daniel Rossini
from Samarate, a Capuchin missionary, wrote at the beginning of Album Missarum
(the Register of Masses) under the title: Notanda et Memoranda (Things
to Note and Remember).
"I was born on June 15, 1876, and was baptized
on June 16, 1876.
On January 14, 1890, I became a pupil at the
small boarding school of the Capuchins at Sovere (Bergamo). On June 23,
1891, I became a novice in the Convent of Lovere and on June 24, 1892,
I took my simple vows with the blessing of my teacher, Father Leone di
Briosco. On July 2, 1896, I made my solemn profession in the Convent of
Brescia with the blessing of Father Gianantonio from Brescia. On December
19 of the same year, I received the tonsure and the four Minor Orders from
his Eminence Andrea Cardinal Ferrari in the lower Chapel of St. Charles
Borromeo in the Cathedral of Milano. On
September 18, 1897, again from the Cardinal, I received the order of subdeacon
in the Sanctuary of Rho near Milano. On August 8, 1898, I left Milan for
Brazil as an Apostolic Missionary and on the 30th day of the same month
I arrived in Parà. From there I was sent to Canindé which
I reached on September 22, 1898.
On October 2, I was ordained a deacon by Don
Joaquim José Vieira, Bishop of Cearà, in the Sanctuary of
St. Francis at Canindé. On March 19, 1899, I was ordained by the
same prelate in the Cathedral of Fortaleza and I celebrated my First Mass
on the 25th of the same month in the Sanctuary of St. Francis in Canindé.
On January 22, 1900, I was assigned to the Colonia de S. Antonio do Prata
(Parà) where I stayed for almost fourteen years. Here I contracted
the disease that forced me to live in isolation. On January 31, 1913, I
left Prata to go to Anil do Maranhão. In December, I came back to
Prata and on April 27, 1914, I voluntarily entered the Retiro S. Francisco
near the leprosarium of Tucunduba."
He wrote these notes
with a neat and firm hand at the beginning of his painful seclusion in
the leprosarium of Tucunduba.