Fr. Augustine Rodrigues OP passed away at Karachi
Fr. Augustine Rodrigues OP, a Dominican Friar and priest passed away at Holy Family Hospital Karachi on 26th May at 9.30PM.
He was born on 2nd March 1950 at Fatima Parish Karachi in an English speaking family when Fatima Parish was administered by the American Dominican Friars. He joined the Dominican Order, did his novitiate in Italy. He made his first profession on 27th September 1970 and was ordained to priesthood on 25th April 1976.
Three day back when Fr Pascal Paulus OP, the Prior Vice Provincial of the Dominicans visited him in Holy Family Hospital Karachi Fr. Augustine said that “he has collected his roses and is leaving this conscious world”. These words indicates that he was prepared to go to his heavenly Father.
In his youth he was a smart and handsome talented singer and skilled guitarist. He was a committed Religious and dedicated priest. He did his Licentiate in Philosophy from Rome and served in different capacities as Philosophy professor in Karachi, Parish Priest at Chak 6 Rehampur Okara, Assistant parish priest for long time at Holy Rosary parish Warispura, Provincial Secretary, Professor of Philosophy for about 20 years at St. Francis Xavier Seminary Lahore and an archivist of the Vice Province.
He was a great intellectual and philosophical thinker and was well versed in Dominican history and traditions particularly the philosophical teachings of St. Thomas Aquinas. He was very sympathetic with sick and sufferings, widows and orphans. Whenever he was receiving some money from his benefactors he was not resting until the money was distributed in the poor and needy.
May his soul rest in peace and Consolation be grated to the Dominican Family in Pakistan, Sr. Margret (F.C.) his sister and all his relatives in Canada.
His Funeral Mass will be on Saturday evening at 3.30PM at St. Patrick’s Cathedral Karachi and then his body will be brought to the Holy Rosary Priory/Church Warispura Faisalabad on Monday to pay tribute to his services and farewell rites.
We will always miss you Fr. Augustine. May the angels lead you to paradise and may the martyrs welcome you and take you to the new and eternal Jerusalem.
Fr. Younas Shahzad (Parish Priest Holy Rosary Catholic Church, Faisalabad)