God Vico Necchi
On January 9, 1930, Ludovico (Vico)
Necchi, professor of biology at the University of Milan, died. According to his will, his headstone
was to be inscribed with the simple words: Vico Necchi, Franciscan Tertiary. An extraordinary man,
he is buried in the chapel of the University of the Sacred Heart in Milan in the expectation that
one day he will be raised to the altars.
As a young man Vico was deeply in love with Christ,
St. Francis and the Church. Invested in the habit of the Third Order, he displayed the enthusiasm of
Paul and the gentleness of Francis. He used his position as a physician to counter the secular,
anti-Christian attitudes of his age and to bring others to Christ. One of his converts was the
radical, Augustine Gemelli, who with Vico was the cofounder of the University of the Sacred
Vico himself was a prayerful, humble, charming and cheerful man who stood at the
forefront of the new Italian Catholic Action. Despite opposition and trials, he used his medical
profession as a holy apostolate for the conversion of his patients while his charity was being
lavished on retarded children.