[Translated from the Original Spanish]
Thy Kingdom Come!
To the members and friends
Very dear fathers, brothers,
sisters and friends in Christ,
a sorrowful yet hope-filled heart, I write to inform you
that Fr. Álvaro Corcuera passed away today at 1:35 PM,
central time, in the territorial directorate of Mexico City.
He spent the last days of his
life surrounded by his Legionary brothers and closest relatives. I
had the blessing of being with him for almost a
week, though I had to return to Rome on Friday.
I especially remember that on June 20th, when we offered
him holy Communion, he said clearly: “What a joy!” I
think that it was with this joy that he went
to meet the Lord. On Thursday, June 26th, we administered
the Anointing of the Sick to him and he received
Today, at 11:00 AM,
central time, Fr. Ricardo Sada performed the recommendation of his
soul to God after a Mass in which Frs. Jaime
Rodríguez, Rodolfo Mayagoitia, Evaristo Sada, Guillermo Serra and Mario González
concelebrated. Fr. Álvaro’s sisters Francisca, Guadalupe and Susana were also
People will be able to
pay their final respects in the chapel of the Anáhuac
University tomorrow. He will be buried in the cemetery Panteon
Francés de San Joaquín in Mexico City. The funeral schedule
will be announced later.
everyone to offer Masses and prayers to entrust his soul
to God, and to give thanks for the life of
the father, brother and friend that Fr. Álvaro has been
to us as our General Director during the nine most
difficult years of our history. In the midst of our
sorrow, we can truly say that he has fought the
good fight, he has run the race and has kept
the faith. Now a hard-earned crown awaits him, like St.
Paul (cf. 2 Tim 4:8).
Let us pray as well
for his family and relatives, that the Lord grant them
hope and peace in the faith that Christ has triumphed
over evil and death.
like to thank the entire Regnum Christi family for all
your prayers and signs of affection while Fr. Álvaro was
sick. He was certainly well-loved by all. I especially want
to thank all those who assisted and accompanied Fr. Álvaro
in government and those who have cared for him with
such dedication and true charity throughout his long illness.
Let us pray for one another, that
we may all participate in that union with God that
we desire the Lord to grant Fr. Álvaro. Let us
also pray for all the Regnum Christi members who are
sick and suffering, as well as their relatives and friends.
Lord, please grant Fr. Álvaro eternal
rest. May perpetual light shine upon him. May he rest
Yours in Christ,
Eduardo Robles Gil, LC