In memory of Fr. Alvaro Corcuera, LC whose earthy pilgrimage
ended this week, the Legion of Christ and Regnum Christi
are offering a special book of condolences online. The site
“is offered as a space to strengthen communion, to share
and to accompany people with words, with experience. It’s an
opportunity to continue to build the Kingdom of Christ.”
encouraged to visit the site at http://legionariesofchrist.org/inmemoryofFrAlvaro/ and leave
prayers, good wishes and thoughts on the life of our
late General Director.
Following is a sampling of some of the
entries so far:
Roxye and Joe Cieply
Saddened that his
earthly life has ended, but thankful to have known this
amazing priest, Fr Alvaro Corcuera LC, and to have had
the privilege of being in his presence. He was truly
a blessing to us and his life a testimony of
virtue, holiness, and faith! Fr Alvaro, please continue to pray
for us and for all your spiritual family here on
Fr. Alvaro, I’ll never forget how you
taught me the meaning of Our Lord’s Ascension: that He
has gone before us so that we will keep our
eyes fixed on heaven, interceded that we may do so,
and thus live our lives to the full here on
Thank you for your leadership, your beautiful
charity, and your reflection of the Father’s eyes. Rest in
Lovely Lord: Thank You for teaching me
what (the) meek and humbleness of Christ’s Heart means, shown
throughout the life of Fr. Álvaro Corcuera L.C.
never met a more humble and gentle man. Although I
didn’t know him as well as most, the short encounters
will stay with me forever. You are in our hearts
and prayers Father Alvaro.
Rest in peace beloved
Fr. Alvaro. You fought the good fight and finished the
race….you always made me feel so special. You treated me
with such love and compassion. May Our Lord now embrace
you and fill you with His joy and peace.
God, thank you for creating Fr. Alvaro, thank you
for being our and his father. Please take him now
into your Holy Trinity and the communion of all the
Saints already there in your presence. Let him see your
beauty and splendor and feel your immeasurable love.
Fr. Alvaro rest in peace. I was just incorporated into
RC on April 20…I never had the privilege to meet
him…but I believe he was a truly good man. To
think that he shouldered such responsibility while himself battling the
tumors and bad health is inspiring to me. He has
been such a blessing to the Legion and Regnum Christi
during these troubling times. He had much love for the
Legion and Regnum Christi. Thank you Father, for the gift
of your life to the service of many. Truly Christlike.
I had the great honor of personally meeting
Fr. Alvaro in 2005 at the International Girl’s Convention in
San Jose, CA. He tried to meet every girl and
wanted to give each one of us an individual blessing.
He patiently and joyfully took pictures with us and signed
our Ancora Cards. I will always remember the love in
his eyes for each one of us and how happy
he was that we had gathered together. His great Spirit
and his immense joy at being with us was something
that I carried in my heart since. He had a
huge impact on my life and I will never forget
him. May God Bless him for all he did. May
the Angels lead him into Paradise!
Karen (Chicago section)
Alvaro was Christ to me! He wrote me a letter
of encouragement and stopped and talked to me and my
daughters in Rome as if we were the only people
around. He had such a genuine love for others! His
joy was palpable! Heavenly Father, thank you for this good
and faithful servant! It was so easy to see You
in him. I pray for his soul and for all
the Legionaries! Blessed be God forever!
Fr. Aaron Smith LC
My heartfelt gratitude to Fr. Alvaro for his example of
self giving. He suffered, he sacrificed, he spent himself to
the last drop but above all he LOVED. May he
now receive his eternal reward. “And we know that in
all things God works for the good of those who
love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”
Juan M Ruiz
From those who met you
one day while roaming in LA, and you approached us
because the t-shirt my son Marcos was wearing was of
the LC missions; Your brother had recently been elected as
director… Since my son Nicolas is currently a brother with
the Legion and he is discerning, we pray to Fr.
Corcuera and you his sister to bring his cause to
Our Lord. Peace be with you.
John (Jack) Keogh
Alvaro was one of my first pupils at the Irish
Institute in Mexico City when he joined second grade elementary
school in 1966. Ever a true gentleman and compassionate priest
who did not forget his former Legionary brothers. He fought
the good fight in difficult times. I will miss him.
Condolences to his family and to the Legionaries.
Suzanne (Chicago Section)
It is storming here in Chicago as I write
this. Father Alvaro, you have fought through and weathered many
storms in the last years of your life. I am
confident that your sufferings will bring many blessings for the
Legionaries, Regnum Christi and the Church. Thank you for your
perseverance and your kind and gentle spirit. May you rest
As a young apostolic, I met
you during your visit to Sacred Heart and our visit
to Rome. You said something both times that personified your
life and death. You said, “God will give you all
the strength you need to do his will.” You fulfilled
his will while in this valley of tears. I pray
the blessed Virgin has turned her eyes upon you and
that you are gazing forever on the Lord’s face. You
are forever a priest in the line of Melchizedek. Please
pray for my vocation P. Alavaro. Vale, pater.
I will miss Fr. Alvaro! I never met him personally,
but his letters and his example of joy and hope
amidst incredible pressures and suffering were such an inspiration to
me these last few years. I especially love his letter
regarding “Charity in Speech” which has helped me a lot.
I will continue to pray for Father and his family
and ask him to pray for us.
never met anyone that emanated love like I experienced being
in Fr. Alvaro’s presence. He was a beautiful man of
God, may he rest in peace!