XX June, roll of honor for Don Bosco Institute, Alberto Grohmann, Giampiero Frondini, Msgr. Carlo Rocchetta

The morning of June 20, dedicated to the celebrations of the Perugian feast, ended with the awaited appointment in the Sala dei Notari for the registrations in the roll of honor approved last Friday by the City Council. The highest civil and military authorities of the city were present: among others the president of the region Donatella Tesei, the prefect Armando Gradone, the deputy mayor Gianluca Tuteri, the councilors Luca Merli, Leonardo Varasano, Margherita Scoccia, the president of the municipal council Nilo Arcudi, numerous municipal councilors, the representative of the province of Perugia Erika Borghesi.

Opening the ceremony, the mayor Andrea Romizi reiterated that the registration in the roll of honor represents the highest honor of the city which, not surprisingly, is assigned precisely on an identity date in Perugian history, June 20.

The mayor wished to thank the members of the municipal roll of honor commission for their work and for having jointly succeeded in proposing authoritative and welcome candidates to the municipal council. Moreover, thanks was also addressed to the associations and citizens who submitted proposals to the roll of honor commission.

Four new members. Here they are in detail with their reasons.


-Prof. Alberto Grohmann:

“Personality of absolute and undisputed importance in the cultural panorama of our city, since 2012 he is Professor Emeritus of the University of Perugia. Since graduating in Economics and Commerce on November 15, 1965, he has embarked on a long and intense path of teaching, but also of constant study and research, driven by a deep interest in the connections and synergies between economic history, social history and urban history, of which we have knowledge and testimony thanks to his works.

Author of countless publications, appreciated nationally and internationally, he has also won numerous and prestigious scholarships including, just to name a few, those awarded in 1978 by Harvard University and by the Commission for Cultural Exchanges between Italy and the States. United States of America, both enjoyed at “Villa I Tatti”, The Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies in Florence. Here he completed the final draft of a large study dedicated to the city and territory between the Middle Ages and the Modern Age (Perugia, 13th-16th centuries), published in 1981 and, again in the same year, also the drafting of the volume “Perugia”, which appeared in the series “Great works” series “The cities in the history of Italy” by Editori Laterza. Both texts, like many of his essays, have received numerous reviews in Italian and foreign magazines, as have many of his essays.

During his professional career, he was a member of the Scientific Committee of GISEM, of the Executive Committee and of the Scientific Committee of the International Institute of Economic History “F. Datini “of Prato, of the Scientific Committee of the magazine” Città & Storia “, of the magazine” Studi Storici Simeoni “, of the Giunta and of the Scientific Committee of the Society of Italian Economic Historians, of the Association of Italian Urban History and ICSIM and of the CUN Committee for Economic Sciences.

To him the heartfelt recognition of the City of Perugia.

Prof. Grohmann, in receiving the prize from the mayor, spoke of “enormous honor from a city that I loved so much. A city of great cultural and socio-economic level; a city that has a long history, which is also my history. The honor you give me today is a great sign that I receive in this wonderful hall created to be the seat of the people of the city ”.


-Giampiero Frondini:

“He has dedicated his life to the theater with almost 70 years of activity behind him.

His work and his passion have contributed to the cultural growth of the city and its citizens and to the promotion of the theater, not only as a form of artistic expression, but also as an instrument of knowledge and social inclusion.

In the field of theatrical planning and acting he has left indelible traces, in the memory of the city and beyond, as a founding member of the historic Compagnia Fonte Maggiore, as an unanimously appreciated actor and director and as one of the initiators of a format, such as that of the ” Theater in the square ”, which has changed the way of representing theatrical art throughout the world.

No less significant was also its pioneering activity in the field of cultural animation and in support of the social role of the Theater, alongside Schools or Bodies engaged in integration in the prison and psychiatric field or for people with disabilities.

His inscription in the Roll of Gold of Perugia is a tribute to his work and his art but also has a high symbolic value towards the heterogeneous category of “Workers of the Show”, which has suffered so much in the long emergency period and which has rarely been the subject of such an important recognition “.

Frondini, after having received the coveted recognition, wanted to thank, first of all, the mayor and the Administration for making it possible. Then the thought of him went to the associations that with their attention have contributed to the growth of his projects. Thanks also to the citizens, always present at his side – he said – and in my heart, and finally to the family that allowed him, with his renunciation, to develop many projects.


Mons.Carlo Rocchetta

“Formerly a professor of sacramentary at the Pontifical Gregorian University of Rome and at the Theological Faculty of Florence, he is currently a professor at the Theological Institute of Assisi. He is a founding member of the Italian Society for Theological Research (SIRT), and of the International Academy of Marriage Spirituality (INTAMS) based in Brussels, as well as director of the Systematic Theology Course in Bologna and author of numerous publications and contributions to journals. scientific.

During his ministerial commitment, he felt the strong desire to devote himself completely to the family and, in particular, to couples in crisis and their children, to single and separated spouses. A profound inner need, like a vocation within a vocation, which led him to leave professorships and other commitments at the national level, to devote himself totally to this mission or service. His most recent works are thus born from the activity of spiritual assistant at the “Casa della Tendzza” Family Center in Perugia, which deals with welcoming couples in difficulty, training in married life and studying the theology of marriage and of the family.

His message “tenderness, together with mercy, will save the world” and the concept of “tenderness” understood as a way of thinking, of loving, of relating, are the inspiration of the “Schools of tenderness” held in Perugia and stimulus for all of us to humanize interpersonal relationships, relationships and society, basing them not on having but on being “.

Archbishop Rocchetta, speaking after the delivery of the award, explained that the award is deeply linked to the activity that has been carried out in Monte Morcino for over 20 years in the “house of tenderness”: a commendable service for families.

Ideally, therefore, the award should be shared with the families and the many volunteers who work with passion in the center every day.

Archbishop Rocchetta recalled the crucial point of his history, when he decided to leave teaching, albeit prestigious, to devote himself to supporting families. This is because the family is at the center of society and lives in the heart of God.

“Feeling part of the city of Perugia today is a great honor: the hope now is to continue working together for the good of the community and at the service of families.


– Don Bosco Institute of Perugia:

Arriving in Perugia in 1922, the Salesians immediately fell into the life of a special district, that of Porta Sant’Angelo, where they lived and shared with enthusiasm the anxieties and hopes of the poor people. and the admiration of all for the cordial sociability and the exemplary model of life, qualities that have never failed over time and that have allowed them to dedicate themselves to the education of young people from Perugia with great passion, always working with constant commitment in our community in order to give substance to Don Bosco’s educational system, aimed at forming “good Christians and honest citizens”.

In this long period, thanks to their activity, tens of thousands of Perugians have been able to take advantage of an oratory, a sports club and, for decades, a middle school, a classical and linguistic high school, a residence for university students. and, since 1981, a vocational training center.

Precisely in the year in which the first centenary of the presence of the Salesian Work in Perugia occurs, the inscription of the Don Bosco Institute in the Golden Roll of the city expresses our recognition and profound gratitude to this valuable institution. of all citizenship, with the best wishes for the achievement of new important goals “.

The Rector Major of the Salesian Congregation Fr Angel Fernandez Artime received the prize for the Don Bosco Institute who, expressing a sense of honor in sitting next to such illustrious award winners, wished to thank Perugia and its Institutions in the name of the Salesian congregations. “After 100 years of presence in the city, the greatest heritage we can offer is represented by the story of many girls and boys who in our institute have changed their lives and received something. This is because the Salesian institute has given so much to Perugians, Italians and foreigners, making citizenship and creating humanity ”.

Fr Angel concluded by defining enrollment in the roll of honor as a human act that expresses values ​​of communion, citizenship and hope for the future.

XX June, roll of honor for Don Bosco Institute, Alberto Grohmann, Giampiero Frondini, Msgr. Carlo Rocchetta – Umbria Tomorrow