“Monsignore says…”


Of your charity, please pray for the repose of the soul of my dear friend and mentor, Monsignor Ignacio Barreiro, whose kindness, good cheer, and deep faith combined with a boundless energy, made him one of the great men of the Church in our troubled times.

Five years ago, he was diagnosed with aggressive cancer. We had the same doctor and Dr. Walbrecher told me he didn’t expect him to live more than a few weeks. Monsignore’s determination to continue serving the Church as long as possible brought him through some awful treatments, and never with a single word of complaint. I’ve missed him dreadfully since he moved back to the US for further treatment, and the news of his death – though long expected – has come as a shock.

For the first five years of my time in Italy it was his encouragement that brought me forward in all my work and without his help and instruction and guidance, I would certainly not have stayed here. For a long time, I ended all arguments with, “Well, Monsignore says…”

He was a lion for Christ.

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5 thoughts on ““Monsignore says…””

  1. louiseyvette says:

    He sounds like a wonderful man, and priest. I will pray for his soul.

    “He was a lion for Christ.” We need more of these, please God.

  2. Lionel Andrades says:

    He was a lion for Christ,’knew him too.
    Lionel

  3. Lisa says:

    May eternal rest be granted unto him and let perpetual light shine upon him. May he rest in peace.

    It seems like so many good and holy souls are being taken in these last days of Lent, which only enforces the feeling that we’re on the cusp of something momentous.

    Hilary, I hope life has calmed down and pray that you will have a Happy and Peaceful Easter.

    Lisa

  4. Evangeline says:

    May his soul rest in peace. It seems a singular type of honor to pass into eternity during Holy Week. Thank God for our faithful priests and religious.

  5. Ernie Todd says:

    Hilary,

    Thank you. He was an utterly magnificent priest. I knew him well. What a loss for us all and what a long time he suffered, with never a moan or complaint.

    I hope you are feeling well.

    In Domino,

    Ernie Todd

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