Sunday, July 29, 2012

Prayer Need: A Tragic Accident Takes the Life of A Newly Ordained Salesian Priest

The following tragic news comes from our Salesians in the Dominican Republic:

Fr. Víctor Martínez was heading to his hometown to celebrate his first mass when he was tragically killed in an accident.

(Decosal - Jarabacoa) - Fr. Víctor Martínez, SDB died Sunday in a tragic road accident when the newly ordained priest who was traveling with family and friends to celebrate his first Mass in his hometown of Puerto Plata.

Fr. Victor Martinez, a Salesian of Don Bosco, was ordained yesterday at the Parish of Mary Help of Christians in Jarabacoa at the hands of Bishop Julius Caesar Corniel, Bishop of Puerto Plata. He was heading home today to celebrate his first Mass with his family and friends. The accident also killed an uncle of the priest and injured several other people.

The news has brought deep sorrow upon the whole Salesian Family who just yesterday celebrated joyfully his priestly ordination. The Reverend Father Victor Pichardo, Provincial of the Salesians, announced with deep sorrow the news to the youth of all the Salesian houses that were in the concluding Eucharist of Don Bosco Summer Camp. These same young people had witnessed the joyful celebration of the ordination of Fr. Victor the day before and received his first blessing.

Fr. Victor Martinez was born on September 17, 1982 in the city of Puerto Plata. He joined the Salesian Domingo Savio Aspirantate at Jarabacoa in 2000. His last four years were as a theology student at the Salesian Seminary in Guadalajara, Mexico. He was ordained a priest one day before his death.


Shar said...

Eternal Rest Grant Unto Your Priest and His Uncle, Oh Lord, and May Perpetural Light Shine Upon Them, May They Rest In Peace, Amen

St. John Vianney, Please Intercede for Christ's Priests.. Amen.

wam19810 said...

Requiescant in Pace.

CMP Calcutta said...

RIP... most inscrutable are God's ways... may HIS will be done... with greater blessings for his family and the sal family

CMP Calcutta said...

RIP... most inscrutable are God's ways... may HIS will be done... with greater blessings for his family and the sal family

Ramanie Weerasinghe said...

Very sad news for us. But he is with the Lord. May he rest in peace.

Gerald Gonderinger said...

I had a priest classmate who was killed going to his first assignment as he went to assist someone in a car accident in 1975. Rest in peace along with Fr. Dave Gersch. May the God who has a different "math" than we do bring your lives to completion.
Fr. Gerald Gonderinger, Archdiocese of Omaha, Nebraska

Godfrey said...

Dear Family and friends,
Indeed very tragic and sudden.
May God's will be done.
In prayer with you all.

Fr. Godfrey D'Souza
Rector Dominic Savio Andheri

Fr. Joe said...

Such a sad incident that makes us think of our helplessness before life's tragedies. We commit our dear brother priest to the Love of God and we pray for his dear ones that they may be consoled and comforted by the Lord.
Fr. Joe Fernandez
Don Bosco, Cochin - 06, India

Fr Eugene said...

Thanks Lord for the gift of dying right after ordination when one is still in the fullness of grace... another intercessor for us who are still on pilgrimage