Father Ubaldo Santi Lucherini, one of the founders of Caritas Chile who devoted years of his life to caring for AIDS and cancer patients, died on Jan. 4 at the age of 92.
The announcement of his death was made by the Chilean delegation of the
Order of the Mother of God, which he helped to found more than 50 years
Bishop Manuel Camilo Vial of Temuco, Chile, president of Caritas Social
Ministries in the country, called Father Santi “a great man, one of the
great ones of our Church.”
“Father Santi had a big heart full of ideas,” the bishop said. “He knew how to sense where there was suffering.”
“Through Caritas he learned of the great need AIDS patients and their
families were experiencing, and thanks to his contacts he started the
Family Clinic,” he explained.
The bishop praised Fr. Santi as a great “visionary” who was able to
marshal enormous resources to help in the areas of housing, youth
ministry and education.
“He was present during so many emergencies, lending help through
Caritas,” the bishop said. “We could list so many things. It is a great
Born on May 19, 1921 in Braga, Italy, Fr. Santi was ordained a priest
at the Basilica of St. John Lateran in Rome in 1946. He then traveled to
Chile with a group of other priests to found the first community of the
Order of the Mother of God.
For more than 40 years, he served in Caritas Chile, becoming the
driving force behind the Family Clinic for AIDS and cancer patients.
Fr. Santi will be remembered as “a great disciple of the Lord, a great
servant of the people in the name of the Gospel of Jesus Christ,” said
Archbishop Ricardo Ezzati of Santiago, adding that the late priest
“translated the Gospel of charity and of solidarity in a very particular