Anthony Feliciani

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Fr. Anthony Feliciani, O. F. M. (Chinese: 裴神父 or 傅安當,[1] 4 October 1804 – 17 March 1866[2]) was an Italian priest and the second Prefect Apostolic of Hong Kong.

Biography

Fr. Feliciani was born in Marano, Italy in 1804. He joined the Order of the Friars Minor in 1823 and was then sent to Macau in 1833 as an assistance to the procurator. Afterwards, he was sent to Shanxi, China, as a missionary. In 1838, he was recalled to Macau again to assist the procurator and operate a seminary for seminarians from Shanxi.[3]

In March 1842, he and Fr. Theodore Joset, the first Prefect Apostolic of Hong Kong, along with other priests and seminarians, were banished from Macau and arrived at Hong Kong.[4] After the death of Fr. Joset in August 1842, Fr. Feliciani was appointed by the Holy See as the pro-Prefect Apostolic on 19 March 1843, which was intended to be a temporary position.[3]

He led the church out of the many troubles caused by the rather unsettled and confused situation of Hong Kong, and diligently coordinated the mission work in China.[4] To sustain the financial position of the Prefecture, he had made substantial investment in real estates, including a large area in Wanchai such as the present St. Francis Street and Star Street.[5]

On repeated requests from Fr. Feliciani himself, he was relieved from the duty of pro-Prefect in Oct 1847 by the Holy See, and handed the responsibility of the prefecture to Bishop Augustin Forcade, who was then the Vicar Apostolic of Ryukyu.[6] However, Bishop Forcade resigned in September 1849, and Fr. Feliciani was re-appointed to be the Prefect Apostolic on 24 August 1850.[2]

His administration lasted for about 5 years, and again resigned on 20 June 1855.[2] He left Hong Kong in October 1856 and went to work first in Shandong (from 1856 to 1859) and then in Shanxi, where he was appointed vicar general and rector of seminary.[1]

Fr. Feliciani died in Shanxi, China on 17 March 1866, at the age of 69.[1]

See also

References

  1. ^ a b c "Feliciani, Anthony 裴神父 (傅安當)". hkr1841-50.blogspot.hk.
  2. ^ a b c Cheney, David M. "Father Antonio Feliciani [Catholic-Hierarchy]". www.catholic-hierarchy.org.
  3. ^ a b Xia, Qilong (1998). The foundation of the Catholic mission in Hong Kong, 1841-1894 (Ph.D. Thesis). The University of Hong Kong. p. 71.
  4. ^ a b Ticozzi, Sergio. "Anthony Feliciani (1804—1866)". Biographical Dictionary of Chinese Christianity. Retrieved 11 June 2018.
  5. ^ Xia, Qilong (1998). The foundation of the Catholic mission in Hong Kong, 1841-1894 (Ph.D. Thesis). The University of Hong Kong. pp. 73–75.
  6. ^ Xia, Qilong (1998). The foundation of the Catholic mission in Hong Kong, 1841-1894 (Ph.D. Thesis). The University of Hong Kong. p. 72.
Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Theodore Joset
Prefect Apostolic of Hong Kong
1842–1847 (ad interim)
Succeeded by
Théodore Augustin Forcade
Preceded by
Théodore Augustin Forcade
Prefect Apostolic of Hong Kong
1850–1855 (ad interim)
Succeeded by
Aloysius Ambrosi
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