Servant of God Vico Necchi; St William; St Marcian of Constantinople
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Servant of God Vico Necchi
On January 9,
1930, Ludovico (Vico) Necchi, professor of biology at the University of Milan, died. According to
his will, his headstone was to be inscribed with the simple words: Vico Necchi, Franciscan Tertiary.
An extraordinary man, he is buried in the chapel of the University of the Sacred Heart in Milan in
the expectation that one day he will be raised to the altars.
As a young man Vico was
deeply in love with Christ, St. Francis and the Church. Invested in the habit of the Third Order, he
displayed the enthusiasm of Paul and the gentleness of Francis. He used his position as a physician
to counter the secular, anti-Christian attitudes of his age and to bring others to Christ. One of
his converts was the radical, Augustine Gemelli, who with Vico was the cofounder of the University
of the Sacred Heart.
Vico himself was a prayerful, humble, charming and cheerful man who stood at the forefront of
the new Italian Catholic Action. Despite opposition and trials, he used his medical profession as a
holy apostolate for the conversion of his patients while his charity was being lavished on retarded
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