Last December 12, the Honorary Grand Chancellor of UA&P and Prelate of Opus Dei Bishop Javier Echevarría passed away in Rome at the age of 84. He was the second successor of Opus Dei founder St. Josemaría Escrivá.
Bishop Echevarría visited UA&P three times: first in 1987 as Custodes to Blessed Alvaro del Portillo, then Prelate of Opus Dei; and in 1998 and 2008 as Prelate and Honorary Grand Chancellor
“The news is not totally unexpected, because, for some years now, his health has been delicate and, lately, with naturalness and with his typical sense of humor, he would say that his time is ending,” wrote University of Navarre Rector Alfonso Sánchez-Tabernero. Bishop Echevarría was the Chancellor of the University of Navarre, an international partner of UA&P.
“I can remember his attitude, always positive and hopeful, taking away the importance on matters which are of secondary importance relative to our principal mission: to work for others, to teach, to do research, to cure, exerting the effort to serve God and others,” R. Sánchez-Tabernero wrote. “His words, intense, quick, full of concrete suggestions and more fundamental consideration helped us to look at the University as a common project that is realized because of that unity, that is a more profound root that the small differences or personal limitations.”
During the University Christmas Celebration last December 14, UA&P President Dr. Winston Conrad B. Padojinog asked that everyone in the University pray for the repose of the Honorary Grand Chancellor. A Mass for the Dead was offered at the Sancta Maria Stella Orientis Oratory last December 13, and a Solemn Funeral Mass in suffrage for Bishop Echevarría will be held on Friday (December 16) at 12:05 pm.
“We invite everyone in the University community to join us in honoring a holy person who loved our University and the Philippines,” Dr. Padojinog said.
More about Bishop Javier Echevarría’s passing may be read here.