Rev. T.J. Bagatin

Rev. T.J. Bagatin

Rev. T.J. Bagatin

Father Terry Bagatin was a Scalabrinian missionary and priest for 58 years in the care of migrants in the United States and Canada. He was a resident in Florida at Saint Charles Center. He was born in a Vicenza, Italy on April 5th, 1928.

On October 10, at the age of twelve, he began high school in the colleges of the Scalabrinian Fathers and there he remained until the ordination into priesthood, March 19, 1954.

He served as an assistant pastor for ten years in five churches in the United States and Canada. From age 37 through age 76, he was pastor in seven different churches of the Scalabrini Fathers, in the U. S. and Canada.

He was honored to be pastor of St. Michael’s Church in New Haven for 11 years, 1978 through 1989, when he celebrated the centennial anniversaries
of the parish. There he was co-founder of the Italian Historical Society and became an honorary citizen of Amalfi at the occasion of the Twin Cities ceremony. Father Terry for fifty-eight years, among migrants, accumulated a vast experience in dealing with diversified groups coming from dusty, winding roads in search for more abundant bread.

He was called to share with the migrant people anxiety and hope, emotion and heart breaking, dreams and disillusions, nostalgia and tears. He expresses all this in a photographic and poetic form giving to the effusion of his mind and heart. You could sense an effort to revive faith and courage in anyone who meets with problems and difficulties by trusting the strength of the spirit. He was honored by the IAHS of CT along with all the other founding members at the annual award dinner in 2012.