Servant of God Fr Elia Comini ( martyr) healing oil
Servant of God Fr Elia Comini born on May 7, 1910 at Calvenzano (Vergato), Bologna, Italy. In 1914 the family moved to“Casetta,” in the parish of Salvaro in Grizzana, Bologna. The archpriest of Salvaro, Mons. Fidenzio Mellini, while a soldier in Turin, had known Don Bosco who predicted he would become a priest. Mons. Mellini had high regard for Elia because of his faith, goodness and intellectual capacity. In agreement with his parents he had him sent to school with the Salesians in Finale Emilia where Elia eventually asked to be a Salesian.
After his novitiate he made his first religious profession at Castel de’ Britti in Bologna in 1926. His father died the same year. The archpriest acted as a second father to him. He completed his studies at Valsalice in Turin and did his Masters degree at the state University of Milan. On March 16, 1935 he ordained priest.
The new priest assigned to the Salesian School at Chiari as teacher and educator of boys in the hostel “Rota” and in the Salesian Aspirantate of Treviso. Known especially for the kindness that Don Bosco had shown, and his warm character and smile easily picked up by the boys.
They were unjustly condemned to death. When they were about to be shot on Sunday October 1, 1944, Fr.Elia and Fr. Martino, like Bishop Versiglia and Fr Caravario, heard one another’s confessions. Then Fr. Elia gave absolution in a loud voice to the other hostages. His body then thrown into the Rhine.