28 February 2011

A priest forever...

Fr. Edwin Vigil, a priest of the Archdiocese of San Antonio, was only thirty-two years old when he died this past week-end in a swimming accident.  Fr. Vigil was with his father, vacationing in their native El Salvador, when the tragedy happened.

He had been ordained less than four years, but deeply loved being a priest.  As Archbishop Gustavo Garcia-Siller said, "While Father Edwin's life's journey was more a sprint than a marathon, his nearly 4 years of priestly ministry were filled with love for his God, his family and his church.  He witnessed to the parishioners he served a humility and selflessness that helped them to see in his priesthood the presence of Christ."

Grant, we beseech thee, Almighty God, that the soul of Edwin, thy servant and Priest, may by thee be admitted to the fellowship of thy Saints in heaven, and be made partaker of eternal blessedness; through Jesus Christ thy Son our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee, in the unity of the Holy Ghost, ever one God, world without end.  Amen.
Rest eternal grant unto him, O Lord;
and let light perpetual shine upon him.