Joao Medeiros Filho
Sirakisa (University) recommends: “Let us praise the illustrious men, our ancestors (Father 44, 1). Last Sunday, we celebrated the centenary of one of the most popular and beloved of Ceredo’s clergy: Canon Deoclides de Brito Diniz. Great patron , dedicated to the flock of Christ, simple, laid-back and a true friend of the poor. He distinguished the Diocese of Caicó for his availability and ability to serve. He was a priest of the Diocese of Jucurutu (twice), Serra Negra do Norte, Cerro Corá, Acari and Vicar of the Diocese of Caicó, he helped Monsignor Walfredo Gurgel. His achievements were many , where he marked the pastoral and social life of the cities, where he cared for the people of God. The streets of Natal, Carnauba dos Dantas and to a pastoral center in Acari were given his name (he built it).Maestro Pinta, director of the Banda de Música Acariense, honored him with a musical double.
He was born in Caiko on May 22, 1922 and died on March 26, 1997 (in Korais Novus) as a priest of the parish of Akari. At the age of sixteen, he entered the school of São Pedro (Natal) with João Agrippino Dantas, José Celestino Galvão and Firmino Araujo. They were received by the canon José Adelino, who thirteen years later became the second bishop of Caico. Arriving at the old Campos Sales mansion, after a long journey – entering his future residence and after the dean’s welcome – Deoclides greets his colleagues loudly: “Hello, Trinca.” Under the applause and laughter of the presidents and colleagues, everyone greeted him. They gave him the nickname “Trinka”. Goodwill, cheerfulness, humility, helper, tenderness, conquered everyone wherever he went. It was he who introduced me to Santo Cora Ars Religious School (Kaiko/RN), where he was twice parish priest and godfather of my priestly ordination. He was a friend of my father’s, and he was a member of our family. Available and useful to help patients. I often saw him riding on the saddle of a horse, going to the farms, carrying the comfort of the sacraments and his word to the sick. In those past times, the clergy did not have a car (with air-conditioning), and the roads were not paved.
In Jucurutu, he liked to say in a funny tone that there was no stove in his house. He ate his meals in the parish homes. Those in charge of the apostolate of prayer set the scale for families who would take care of their food. He did not distinguish between the rich and the poor, the educated and the illiterate. Everyone was greeted the same way. Good fork, but petty sertanejo lover, without pretentiousness. I loved taking a shower. Several times, I accompanied him into this void. When the thunder shook, he shouted through the streets of Gokoroto: “Long live the father of the curd!” I loved swimming in the waters of the Piranhas River. He joked, “God can turn some of that water into sugarcane juice and some stones into sweet bread!”
Priest by Dom José de Medeiros Delgado, on December 4, 1949. He was the first priest from Rio Grande do Norte to celebrate evening mass. It happened on the construction site at the beginning of the construction of the Utica Dam. As a parish priest, he attempted to reorganize the parish schools to educate those most in need. She contributed greatly to the consolidation of the movement of basic education and broadcasting schools in the diocese of Ceredo. Always happy with life, he literally poured Portuguese expressions into French and Latin for the laughter of his colleagues. “In the potato,” he expressed it in French: “dans le pomme de terre.” To express his disapproval, he said in Latin: “escafedetur damnatus.” Gently, he greeted everyone with the words: “Good morning, captain.” In its simplicity lived the teaching of Christ: “Learn from me, for I am meek and humble” (Matthew 11:29). There is an extensive anecdote about him, typical of senior clergy, close to believers. Once, bitten by a poisonous snake, he was admitted to the maternity hospital in Cerro Cura. Monsignor Paolo Heroncio, another clergyman gifted with a sense of humor, telegraphed to the Bishop of Caico (Dom Adelino): “Padre Dio in maternity, works well.” He did not use stupid and elusive rhetoric. However, by short and objective sermons, he amazed everyone with his simplicity and acceptance. We reminded of the prophet Isaiah: “I care for you with love and tenderness” (Isaiah 54:8).
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