Sunday, March 01, 2015

May Your perpetual light shine upon him, Lord

On February 26 our Claretian missionary community of Japan suffered a painful moment in its history: Fr. Jordi Guitart Calafell, cmf, who was the Local Superior of Hirakata Community and Assistant Parish priest of the parish at Hirakata was called to his life in the resurrection on 26 February 2015. Has was 70 years old. Thus, the Delegation of East Asia and the entire congregation painfully accepted his departure to the Father's house due to sudden respiratory failure.

On 1 and 2 March, amid the cold of winter, but with the warmth of a lot of friends, family, and fellow believers, the missionaries in Japan gathered together to give thanks for the life and mission of their brother Jordi, and at the same time to say goodbye to your body. The wake was held on Sunday, 1 March, presided over by the Archbishop of OsakaTomas de Aquino Manyo Maeda and the homily was given by Fr. Masakawa, the first Japanese Claretian missionary - who was student of Fr. Jordi.   Fr. Masakawa, who in his jovial style shared his experience of encounter with the person of Fr. Jordi, leading us to feel him ever closer to our hearts.(February 21st was his birthday).

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