TORONTO - Fr. Eugenio was born in Santo Stefano di Rogliano (Cosenza, Italy) on December 3rd., 1939
He is a member o the Congregation of the Pious Rural Catechist Workers (commonly known as the Ardorini Missionaries). The congregation was founded by Don Gaetano Mauro who was born in Cuti di Rogliano.
He studied philosophy, theology, humanities and pedagogy and in various renowned institutions, such as the seminary of Capodimonte, the Faculty of Theology San Luigi di Posillipo, the University of Humanities Federico II in Naples and Universities of Toronto and York in Canada.
He taught at the Bianchi Collegiate of Naples and at the “Don Bosco” secondary school in in Montalto Uffugo (Cosenza). He moved to Canada in 1975, and for 20 years served as a guidance councillor at Dante Alighieri Academy in Toronto. His long career as an educator was crowned in 1999 when Cardinal Aloysius Ambrozic called him to hold the prestigious office of Episcopal Vicar for Christian Education in the Archdiocese of Toronto encompassing five school boards.
As a pastor in Metropolitan Toronto he preached and ministered to many communities especially in the parishes of St. Thomas Aquinas and St. Margaret Mary over the last twelve years.
In 1998 he was able to turn his dream of many years into reality as he inaugurated the Ardorini Village of Woodbridge, which is a religious retreat house, a seminary, and a shrine to the Madonna Della Serra and San Francesco di Paola. The Ardorini Village is a focal point for many groups and not only those of Calabrian origin. Most prominently the Montalto Uffugo Club, the Mangone, Santo Stefano, Pian di Lago, and the Rogliano social Club.
The Seminary has been a hub where many young people have studied and several have become priests.
Social and cultural activities:
• President / Founder of the Confederation of Canadian Calabrians;
• President / Founder of Mangone-Santo Stefano-Piano Lago social Club;
• President / Founder of the Cultural Institute "Brutium" of Toronto.
• Publication of the book: Sertorio Quattromani (Academico Cosentino), Mit Publishers, Cosenza.
Collaborated with and wrote for numerous magazines and newspapers:
• Chiesa 2000,
• Corriere Canadese,
• La Parola,
• Il Samaritano,
• Il Laghetto
• Who’s Who - Toronto 1984 – during the celebrations of the 150th anniversary of the foundation of the city of Toronto
• Federal Government of Canada Silver Medal Award for the 125° anniversary of Canada’ Federation
• Gold medal “Calabresi Illustri nel mondo”, 1995.
• Education Phylosophy B.A.
• Theology Doctor
• Ph. D. in Classical Literature