Raised in a pious family; his brother became a priest, his sister a nun. His father died when Vincenzo was three years old. He studied at the Salesian Oratory near his home, concentrating on science, philosophy and music, and joined the Salesians himself at age 16. Priest. Leader of a group of Salesian missionaries to Japan in 1925. Prefect Apostolic over the missions in 1934. Salesian Provincial in 1937. Bishop. Oversaw the Salesian work during the reconstruction in Japan after World War II. Forced to retire due to age in 1949, Vincent became Rector of the Salesian house in Chofu where he taught, gardened, and ministered to his brothers.
- 6 October 1965 in Tokyo, Japan following complications from a stroke suffered while celebrating Mass in 1957
- “Venerable Vincenzo Cimatti“. CatholicSaints.Info. 26 January 2017. Web. 28 April 2017. <>