Monday, July 12, 2010

RIP: Fr. Rodolfo A. Malasmas SJ

The assistant chaplain of Ateneo de Davao University, Fr. Rudy Malasmas, passed away last night.  Reading the obituary, what amazes me is the swath such a life carved out over the span of so many years, and of what it comprised: "86 years of age, 69 years a Jesuit, and 56 years a priest."  Rest in peace, Father.

TO: The University Community
FR: The President
DATE: July 12, 2010


It is with sadness that I inform the University community that Fr. Rodolfo A. Malasmas, SJ peacefully passed away in the Lord in the early evening yesterday. He had suffered a massive heart attack in the early morning of 03 July; he remained in a coma until death.

His remains are being waked at the University Chapel of Our Lady of the Assumption. There will be daily Masses at eight o'clock. The funeral Mass will be at eight o'clock in the morning of Thursday, 15 July, followed by burial at the Davao Catholic Cemetery.

In lieu of flower, donations to a Scholarship Fund at ADDU in honor and in memory of Fr. Malasmas will be greatly appreciated . Donations may be sent to the Rector of the Jesuit Community or to my Office.

At his death Fr. Malasmas was 86 years of age (born 27 June 1924), 69 years a Jesuit (entered the Society of JEsus 30 May 1941) and 56 years a priest (ordained a priest 19 June 1954). 

Except for years 1962 - 1975, his assignments have all been at Ateneo de Davao. As a Jesuit scholastic in the High School, he was a member of the founding Jesuit community at Ateneo de Davao (1948-51). Returning after ordination (1956-62), he held various positions (Dean of Men in College and College Dean, and taught English, Philosophy and Theology). He has been at ADDU since 1976 until his death (Grade School HEadmaster, High School, Supervisor at Compostela Annex, various social work initiatives and Assistant University Chaplain).

From 1962-64 he was House Minister and Juniorate teacher at Sacred Heart Novitiate, Novaliches, Quezon City; from 1964-75 he was Grade School headmaster at Ateneo de Manila University.

May his soul rest in God's peace.

For the information and guidance of all concerned.

President - ADDU

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