Addis Abeba: It was with great shock that the province of AET and the whole family members of Br. Mellese received the shocking news of his sudden demise on 8th April 2017. Br. Mellese was a lay brother, who had been a student of Computer Science in France.
He had almost completed his Master's Degree in France and was about to return to his mother province in the month of June to take his new appointment as director of a school in the province. The reason for his death was diagnosed to be Aortic Dissection. Following the tragic news of his death the provincial, Abba Estifanos Gebremeskel and Br. Cesare left for France to see to the further arrangements for his funeral. The dead body of Br. Mellese arrived in Ethiopia on 21 April. The dead body was received in Gothara the provincial house on the same night and the following day the body was taken to Zway for burial. A large crowd of people attended the funeral at Zway, among which many were salesians, friends and family members of Br. Mellese. All the Salesian houses of Ethiopia were represented at the funeral. Abuna Abraha of Meki Vicariate and Abuna Roberto of Awassa vicariate were also present for the funeral. Certainly the death of Mellese has left a great void in our hearts. But the words of our Constitutions come to our aid: “Death for the Salesian in made bright by the hope of entering into the joy of his Lord, and when it happens that a salesian dies working for souls, the Congregation has won a great triumph.”