Times-Picayune (New Orleans)
June 16, 2006
Fr. Ernest Faggioni, S.D.B., 88, died June 14, 2006 in St. Petersburg, Florida, following cardiac arrest. He was a resident at St. Philip the Apostle Residence in Tampa for elderly Salesian priests and brothers.
Fr. Ernest was born July 2, 1917, in Sao Paulo, Brazil, to Italian immigrant parents. The family returned to Italy shortly after, and Ernest entered the Salesians of Don Bosco at Ivrea, Italy, in 1936. He volunteered for an overseas mission and was sent to the U.S. He made his novitiate at Don Bosco Seminary in Newton, N.J., and professed his first vows in 1937. He did his college and theology studies in Newton, also, and was ordained there June 29, 1947.
Fr. Ernest spent most of his Salesian life in the New Orleans area, serving at different times as a teacher,principal, or treasurer at the Hope Haven orphanage in Marrero (1940-43), 1950-59, 1963-66), as treasurer of Archbishop Shaw High School in Marrero (1966-74), and assistant pastor at St. John Bosco Church in Harvey (1988-2000). He was profiled in the Algiers Picayune in 2000. Many of the alumni of Hope Haven fondly remember Fr. Ernest as a father and confidant, as well as a teacher, someone who was very strict with them, bur really cared about them; they credit his tough-love approach with their later success in life. Some of his young fellow Salesians also found him very helpful in their efforts to teach and supervise the youngsters on a 24-7 basis.
During his 59 years as a priest, Fr. Ernest also was principal at Don Bosco Tech in Boston (1947-49) and Salesian High School in New Rochelle, N.Y. ()1949-50); director of Don Bosco Juniorate in Paterson, N.J., and Haverstraw, N.Y. (1959-63); treasurer at Don Bosco Preparatory School in Cedar Lake, Ind. (1974-80), and Don Bosco Tech in Paterson, J.J. (1980-82); assistant pastor of St. Agnes Church, Eight Mile Rock, Grand Bahama Island (1982-83); and pastor of St. Vincent de Paul Church, Hunter, Grand Bahama Island (1983-88), and of Holy Name Church, Bimini (1992). His parishioners both in Harvey, La., and on Grand Bahama Island recall him fondly.
Suffering from Alzheimer's disease in his final years, Fr. Ernest retired to Salesian High School, New Rochelle, in 2000 and subsequently lived at the Salesian nursing facility in Stony Point, N.Y., and finally in Tampa for the last two years.
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