Marist School Marikina mourns the passing Br. Wilfredo Lubrico, FMS
Marist School Marikina joins the Marist Brothers in mourning the passing of Br. Wilfredo E. Lubrico, FMS who succumbed to complications of prostatic cancer at the age of 68.
A visionary leader and prophetic missionary, Br. Willy held key positions in varied Marist institutions and academic organizations.
He served as president of Notre Dame of Dadiangas University and Notre Dame of Marbel University for many years; the chair of the board of trustees of Notre Dame of Kidapawan College; the president of Notre Dame Educational Association; and CEAP Board Member and PEAC Program Director for Region 12.
On January 26 to 27 Br. Willy’s remains laid in repose at the Our Lady of the Magnificat Chapel. The varied Marist school communities in the Philippines together with his family members and relatives paid homage to this truly endearing and inspiring Marist brother through Masses, nightly prayers, and vigil that were live streamed via Zoom and Facebook.
During the first day, Bishop Noli Buco, JCD, DD Auxiliary Bishop of Antipolo, presided over the 6 PM Mass and concelebrated it with Rev. Fr. Merwin Tahad from the Diocese of Imus and Rev. Fr. Edward Bacus from Our Lady of the Abandoned Shrine.
At 8 PM, a nightly prayer was led by members of the Marist Marikina Community and the family of Br. Willy.
On the second day, the 6 PM Mass was presided by Rev. Fr. Jeffty Mendez, CP the parish priest of St Gabriel of Our Lady of Sorrows Parish, and Rev. Fr. Vivien Nuera, CP.
The 8 PM nightly prayer was led by the NDMU Community. This was immediately followed by a eulogy that saw colleagues and family members expressing their fond memories with Br. Willy and giving testimonials of his admirable character as a person and as a Marist Brother.
At 3 AM on January 28 a special send-off ceremony was conducted before Br. Willy’s remains were transported to Mindanao via Philippine Airlines.
Indeed, Br. Willy will be sorely missed and will always be remembered as a true champion of the Filipino youth and the Marist education and mission.
By Mr. John Benjamin Balatbat