|Italian Xaverian missionary Father Silvano Garello, SX|
Photo courtesy: Father Silvano Garello, SX
Father Silvano Garello, SX, a Xaverian missionary from Italy, working in Bangladesh for 47 years, died suddenly in the early hours of January 18 this year in the Xaverian House in Dhaka. He was 78.
He was known as an avid promoter of Catholic literature in Bengali. He published more than 200 books and booklets of different genre on behalf of the National Social Catechetical Training Centre (NSCTC) of Jessore.
He made a concerted effort in producing Catholic books in Bengali and making them available to as many people as possible. His intention was to let the Good News spread and make Catholics knowledgeable on Church teachings on the faith and morality.
He himself did a few translations but had a group of translators to do the rest. He helped in ornamentation, design, and publication of the 2nd Vatican Council documents and the Catechism of the Catholic Church in Bengali. The Bengali translation of these two books were done by others. He wrote more than a dozen books on the Catholic Church situation and activities in Italian language for readers in Italy and wrote numerous articles for Italian newspapers and magazines.
Born in Valdagno, near Vicenza in northern Italy, on December 31, 1938, Father Garello was ordained a priest on October 25, 1964. He came as a missionary to the then East Pakistan, later called Bangladesh, in late 1970.
Since 2002, he fully devoted himself in producing Catholic books and booklets in Bengali. He also edited Mongolbarta (the Good News), a bimonthly journal for catechists and teachers, from 1986 to 1996, on behalf of the NSCTC.
The contribution of Father Silvano Garello, SX, to the Bengali Catholic literature will be remembered in Bangladesh for a long time to come.
To learn more on him and his work, please click on the following:
- Father Silvano Garello, S.X.: A Relentless Advocate and Producer of Christian Literature in Bangladesh -- 1
- Father Silvano Garello, S.X.: A Relentless Advocate and Producer of Christian Literature in Bangladesh -- 2