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Archbishop Gustavo García-Siller, MSpS, statement on the death of Father Virgilio Elizondo March 15, 2016 | posted by Archbishop Gustavo García-Siller, MSpS

SAM_30782I join the priests of the Archdiocese of San Antonio as we are deeply saddened and stunned by the news of the death of Father Virgilio Elizondo on March 14. This is an occasion for great sorrow, as his death was sudden and unexpected.

Father Virgil had served as rector of San Fernando Cathedral, and pursued scholarly work in Latino theology, evangelization, faith and spirituality, and culture. He had also been a long-time theology professor at the University of Notre Dame, and was the author of several books.

At this devastatingly sad time for Father Virgil’s family — especially his sister — as well as his brother clergy, co-workers and friends, we offer our most profound sympathies. Our thoughts and prayers are with them all. I pray for all those who mourn Father Virgil and for the repose of his soul. In this Year of Mercy, we now commend him to the saving mercy of our God, who is compassionate and full of mercy and love. This is most fitting and proper.

Eternal rest, grant unto him O Lord and let perpetual light shine upon him. May he rest in peace. Amen.

Funeral arrangements will be announced soon.

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