Famous Italian Missionary Who Survived Ebola Dies Of COVID-19

Famous Italian Missionary Who Survived Ebola Dies Of COVID-19


By Kwame Ismail Nkurunziza


Hundreds of people especially from Northern Uganda, where Brother Fratel Elio Crotche lived for many years, are mourning after they received news that the Italian missionary who arrived in Uganda in 1971 had succumbed to COVID-19 at Mulago  National Referral Hospital, on Wednesday evening.

Announcing his death on Facebook one of Bro. Crotche’s friends, Gulio Albanese, posted last night on Facebook that the missionary had passed away as a result of COVID-19.

Bro. Elio Crotche with one of the the disadvantaged children he helped

Crotche, who had lived through 3 coups and had survived many battles including Ebola in 2000, was loved for his wonderful work in civil engineering.

He was doing construction works at St Mary’s Hospital Lacor and helping disadvantaged children at St Jude Orphanage.

Reacting to the death of the Comboni Missionary, Jimmy Odoki, son of Betty Ocan, the Leader of Opposition and  the Coordinator of  Heart Sounds Gulu,  described the late as an outstanding and extraordinary kind man, who donated wheelchairs to many amputated victims of LRA war and helped many youth to acquire construction skills.

Brother Elio together with staff of St. Jude Children’s Home receive donations from old boys of Bishop Angelo Negri Primary/ College schools during the lockdown due to the Coronavirus pandemic

“He cared for the disadvantaged and underprivileged hence his work at St Jude Orphanage. Bro Elio’s work will live on through the people he impacted,” Paul Kiffasi the director of Irene Gleenson Foundation, wrote in a WhatsApp group.

He added that; “I wish a selfless servant like Brother Elio who dedicated his skills and life to the people of Acoli for decades, through good and bad times, would have been honored while still a live”.

One thought on “Famous Italian Missionary Who Survived Ebola Dies Of COVID-19

  1. Brother Elio Cruce brought up many of us the disadvantage children. I Dr Odong Albert now a humanitarian worker in South Sudan benefited from his teachings. He taught us to serve and love without giving boundary. I decided to leave the comfort of working at St Mary’s Hospital Lacor for South Sudan because of BR’s influence. I remember in 2002, he collected corps of LRA killed few kilometres from Lacor Hospital and i and now Engineer Opiyo Samuel dug the grave and buried the body. We were then in High school under his care. He did countless contributions toward Northern Uganda and Uganda. MHSRIP

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