Fr. George J. Willmann’s 40th Death Anniversary

SEPTEMBER 14, 2017 – The day marks the 40th death anniversary of the Servant of God, Fr. George J. Willmann, the Father of the Order of the Knights of Columbus in the Philippines. This day also marks as a feast in the Roman Catholic Church, the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross.

DAY OF COMMEMORATION: The KofC Family remembers its founder with great jubilation and thanksgiving at San Agustin Church on the day of remembrance of Fr. George’s passing to eternal life.DAY OF COMMEMORATION: The KofC Family remembers its founder with great jubilation and thanksgiving at San Agustin Church on the day of remembrance of Fr. George’s passing to eternal life.

Through the efforts of the Knights of Columbus Fr. George J. Willmann Charities, Inc. and KC Philippines Foundations, Inc., a Pontifical Mass was officiated by the Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Manila and Chairman of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines - Episcopal Commission on the Laity, Most Rev. Broderick S. Pabillo, DD, led by the four State Deputies: (Luzon North) Jose C. Reyes, Jr., (Luzon South) Ramoncito A. Ocampo, (Visayas) Anthony P. Nazario and (Mindanao) Reynaldo C. Trinidad. Together with the faithful and the brother knights around the country gathered at San Agustin Church, Intramuros, Manila to offer their thanksgiving and praise.

Also present were Rev. Mons. Pedro C. Quitorio III, Rev. Mons. Jerome Reyes, Rev. Fr. Jeronimo Ma. Cruz. Rev. Fr. Benjamin Deogracias Fajota, Rev. Fr. Jaime Ucab, Jr., Rev. Fr. Arnold Sta. Maria, OSA, Rev. Fr. Ricky Villa, OSA, Rev. Fr. William Araña, OSA and Rev. Fr. Isabelo San Luis, Rev. Louie Espino, OSA and Rev. Edwin Hari, OSA.

KCFAPI employees attended the mass with its Executive Vice President Ma. Theresa G. Curia. The officers of Daughters of Mary Immaculate International, its members and other distinguished guests were also present.The KCFAPI Chorale, with its Director and KCFAPI VP for MUA, Ronulfo Antero G. Infante graced the Holy Mass.

With a life dedicated to the poor and the needy, Fr. George was really engaged to the people of Tondo and Intramuros, Manila. His earthly body may have been decayed as of today but his mission remains in the hearts of all the brother knights in the Philippines. He made the Order a stepping stone to reach the heights of the lowly people of God. He is a witness to the real presence of the Lord in sacrifice and service.

Bishop Pabillo in his homily stated, “Let’s ask Fr. George Willmann to help us be more engaged in (the) society and to transform our society because we are a lot of Christians, yet we cannot call our society as a Christian society.”

“Our engagement should be with the same courage, with the same vision and with the same love for God, for country and for our fellowmen and now we add for our environment as he (Fr.George) did during his time.”, he furthered. (JSServiento)

Father of Knights of Columbus in the Philippines

 

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