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Friday, January 4, 2013
A FUNERAL mass will be held for Jesuit missionary Fr. James Reuter on Saturday, January 5, at the Ateneo de Manila University’s Church of the Gesù in Loyola Heights, Quezon City.
The mass will be held at 8:30 a.m. before his interment at the Sacred Heart Novitiate Jesuit Cemetery in Novaliches, also in Quezon City.
A number of Catholic prelates, namely, Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle and Cubao Bishop Honesto Ongtioco, are expected to attend the mass. However, it is not clear if the Cardinal will celebrate the funeral mass, according to Tagle’s aide Fr. Reggie Malicdem.
On December 31, Reuter died at the Our Lady of Peace Hospital in Parañaque City, days after he suffered a mild stroke. He was 96.
Reuter first came to the country in as a 22-year-old missionary. He studied theological studies at Georgetown University and spent a year at Fordham University in New York to study radio and television.
He was ordained a Jesuit priest at Woodstock, Maryland in 1946.
Two years after, he returned to the Philippines as a teacher in high school and college at the Ateneo de Naga.
For almost seven decades of priestly ministry, he received over 20 prestigious awards, citing his invaluable services to the Church and to the country in various fields especially in education, mass media, literature and performing arts.
In 1981, Pope John Paul II gave him a special award for his "outstanding service to the Catholic Church in the field of mass media” during his visit in the country. He was also the recipient of the Ramon Magsaysay Awardee for Journalism, Literature and Creative Communication Arts in 1989.
Reuter was also honored with the rare and highly coveted Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice award, the highest papal award given to any individual in recognition of his/her outstanding and exemplary service to the Catholic Church and the Holy See. (FP/Sunnex)