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Angel Fernandez Fernandez, Father of our Rector Major Passes Away

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Rome, Sep. 15. (ANS - Rome) - At 7 am today, 15 September, Angel Fernandez Fernandez, the father of our Rector Major, Fr Angel Fernandez Artime, breathed his last after a long illness. Born in Luanco, Asturias, Spain, on 12 June 1932, he passed away after 89 years of life and 61 years of marriage by the side of his mother Isabel Artime.
The Rector Major had a deep attachment to his father and recalls with affection some of his significant traits: ''Every day, when the weather was good, he would go to see 'his sea'. He started working as a fisherman at the age of 13 and continued until he was 78, accompanying and helping another young fisherman''.

''He was a serene and calm man, with qualities that he might have acquired from his many hours spent alone at sea. He was simple, good-hearted, and very much committed to the family, and did not look for anything much to be happy. He was a tireless worker, and I feel like a novice in front of the master when I compare myself to him,'' added Don Angel.

Talking about the spiritual life of his father, he stated: ''Since he had retired from work, he used to everyday go to the Church, to pay a visit to the Lord and give his daily euro for charity to the poor. He went to Mass almost every day, and on 30 August he was also present with me at the Eucharist and for the Novena to the Virgin of Covadonga''.

The funeral will take place tomorrow, September 16, in the parish of Santa Maria of Luanco - Gozon, and many Salesians from the various Spanish provinces are expected to attend the services.

The Rector Major expresses his deep gratitude to all those close to him in prayer and affection during this difficult time.



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