Tuesday, 1 January 2013

PIA News Dispatch - Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Malacañang mourns passing of Fr. James B. Reuter, S.J.

 Malacañang joined the nation in mourning the passing of Fr. James B. Reuter, S.J., whose love for the Philippines and Filipinos has been described as “legendary,” after succumbing to a lingering illness on Monday, December 31, at the age of 96.

In a statement, Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda cited Reuter who first arrived in the Philippines as a young Jesuit novice before World War II and throughout his priestly vocation in the country, became “friend, mentor, confessor, adviser to generations of Filipinos.”

“From the time he first came to this country before World War II as a young Jesuit novice, to his passing after a lingering illness today, Fr. James B. Reuter found happiness and fulfillment in his priestly vocation in the Philippines. His impact was most deeply felt in the sphere of communications, whether in the promotion of the Family Rosary Crusade, or the formation of JESCOM in the Philippines. Along the way he was friend, mentor, confessor, adviser to generations of Filipinos, both in public and private life, and in the media, arts, and journalism,” Lacierda said.

“His love of the Philippines and Filipinos was legendary; so much so it earned him a stature and affection beyond the measure of the many awards, both national and sectoral, that he received throughout his long life. We join the Society of Jesus in the Philippines, the generations of alumni of the Ateneo de Manila University, and men and women of media, arts, and letters, who mourn the loss of this man of faith, good cheer, and eloquence,” he added.

According to former Ateneo de Manila University president Fr. Bienvenido Nebres, S.J., the wake for Fr. Reuter will be held at the Church of the Gesu at the Ateneo de Manila University campus in Quezon City. The interment plans, however, will be finalized after the holidays, Nebres said. PND (rck/co)