Biography

1920

Tuesday 30 November, Francesco Placereani is born in the town of Burlons (Montenars). He is the third child of parents Tite "dal muini" Giobatta (1887-1952) and Anna Zanitti known as "Catine Anute", (1891-1956) .

On 7 December, Feast of the Immaculate Conception, he is baptized by father Leone Quagliaro in the church of Sant'Elena; Francesco Andreussi of Artegna and Anna Menis of Montenars are his godparents.

 

1926

On 8 September he receives the sacrament of confirmation from bishop A. Anastasio Rossi and a year later receives his first communion.

 

1932

Tuesday 25 October, 12 years old, he enters the seminary of Castellerio (Pagnacco) for his first year of parochial school. On 8 December, Feast of the Immaculate Conception, he receives the cassock.

 

1943

On 1 July, he vows to live in celibacy and receives the book of hours, with the obligation to recite it in its entirety every day.

 

1944

Saturday 4 March, he receives the order of the deaconate. Sunday 9 July, in the duomo of Udine, he is ordained priest by bishop Nogara. On Sunday 16 July, he returns to Montenars to celebrate his first mass. In the same year on 11 September he is assigned the rectory of Susans, but he refuses the appointment; later, he is sent to Gemona as a chaplain, but he doesn't remain there. He is then sent to Rome, to the Pontifical Gregorian University where he attends the Russicum, an institution founded to educate priests who would then go to Russia; he learns both standard and liturgical Russian at the Oriental Pontifical Institute.

 

1946-1947

After the "Russicum" he goes to study at the Collegio Leonino.

 

1948

In March, he defends his doctoral thesis on "Finalities and characteristics of labour unions" with professors Grundlach and Abellano and receives the title of doctor in dogmatic theology. After graduating with honours, he returns to Friuli. Still without assignment, on 20 April, he requests the Consistorial for permission to take extended leave of the diocese. Permission is granted AD ANNUM.

 

1948-1952

In 1948, after receiving permission to take leave of the Curia, don Placereani accepts bishop Rosario's invitation and moves to Argentina where he accepts the charge of teacher of moral theology at Rosario's seminary. In December 1949, the Consistorial's permission is extended AD TRIENNIUM. In 1952, the year of his father's death, he returns to Friuli.

 

1952

He is nominated ecclesiastic assistant to the ACLI and the ACAI (artisans' association) and assistant to the men of Azione Cattolica. In 1952 he is among the founders of the "Scuele libare furlane" (Friulian free school) whose objective it is to teach reading and writing in Friulian so as to promote Friulian cultural heritage.

 

1953

He kindly declines an invitation sent to him on 25 July from the archbishop-abbot of Vancouver in Canada for a post teaching at his church's seminary. The Diocese of Udine appoints him as teacher of religion at the classical lyceum "Stellini" in Udine and "Paolo Diacono" in Cividale del Friuli.

 

1954

In May, he holds theology lessons in Buia entitled "When God speaks."

 

1955

He takes part in a contest held by the "Pro Civitate" of Assisi.

 

1958

He begins translating the Gospels in Friulian directly from Greek.

 

1962-1963

Together with don Pietro Londero, don Saverio Beinat, Elteredo Pascolo and many others, he founds the association "Int Furlane" in addition to the Friulian language monthly of the same name (the first issue is published in March '63)

 

1964-1966

In 1964, he inaugurates the first theology course for lay people in Udine. The chosen theme is "Theology and Salvation." In 1965, he holds his second theology course for lay people on the figure of Christ. The section of the course held by Don Placereani is entitled "Jesus the Christ, Son of God and Our Brother". During the winter between 1965 and 1966, a third course in theology for lay people is held on the Holy Spirit.  In the same years, he demonstrates together with students in support of their request to set up a medical school in Udine.

 

1966

He is among the founders of the "Movimento Friuli" on 9 January 1966.

 

1967

He is among the promoters of the "Movement of the clergy for the social development of Friuli".

 

1968

On 2 March, he completes another degree in Literature and Philosophy at the University of Padua. After graduating, he is awarded the post of teacher of the history of philosophy at the scientific lyceum "Marinelli" in Udine.

 

1969-1970

He holds a series of conferences in Pordenone on the theme "Christian Life community experience".

 

1970

He publishes "Il Vanseli di N. S. Gjesù Crist voltât dal grec dal prof. Pre' Checo Placerean" presented in Aquileia on 12 July of the same year.

 

1971

On 11 July he speaks at Aquileia at the historic presentation of the Missal in Friulian for the year A, which he edited. Taking part in the subsequent mass celebrated in Friulian is the archbishop of Gorizia, mons. Pietro Coccolin who conceded the work's imprimatur.

 

1972

The titles "I faz", "Lis letaris dai apuestui" and "L'Apocalisse" are released (in collaboration with don Pietro Londero). He joins the committee for the Friulian University.

 

1973

The Missal in Friulian for the year B is released, though without an imprimatur it will not be distributed. He joins the "Rît furlan" and later the group "Glesie Furlane" quickly becoming its main charismatic figure.

 

1974-1975

He begins to translate the Old Testament. In December 1974, he completes his translation of the "Salms". In 1975, he completes his translation of "Isaia" later published in 1976.

 

1977

The Missal for years ABC is published.

 

1978

His translation of Jeremiah is released

 

1979

On 20 February, he signs a contract together with don Antonio Bellina, for Ribis publishers to translate the entire Bible into Friulian.

 

1982

He leaves teaching to dedicate himself completely to the translation of the Bible.

 

1983

He is awarded the "Nadâl furlan" prize.

 

1984

On 22 June, in the seat of the Province of Udine, he and don Bellina present the Bible in Friulian.

 

1986

After a long and painful illness, don Francesco Placereani passes away on Tuesday 18 November at the hospital in Udine. His spiritual testament reads: "I intend to pass from this life in the faith of Jesus Christ who sacrificed himself for me according to the doctrine of the Western Church, in the tradition of the patriarchal church of Aquileia which nourished my faith: in this faith I have lived and intend, as I have affirmed, to die. I ask God forgiveness for all of my sins and return them, as they say, to the power of the keys Christ gave to his church. If I have offended anyone, I humbly beg forgiveness."

 

To learn more about the biography of Pre Checo, see the volume by pre Antoni Beline "Pre' Checo Placerean, notis par une biografie" (Tavagnacco 1997).

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