Fr. Roca, who has impacted the lives of countless pilgrims who journeyed to Chimayó, NM, died on August 4th. Fr. Roca “has come to symbolize, more than any living person, the heart and soul of El Santuario de Chimayó.” (El Santuario website) Many who have completed the pilgrimage to Chimayó, NM have had the great blessing of meeting Fr. Roca and being impacted by his holiness and life of witness. Please keep him and those close to him in your thoughts and prayers.
“I may be a little one, but I like to do big things.” – Fr. Roca (Beloved Priest of Chimayo at Heart of Community)
Below is more information posted by El Santuario de Chimayo:
Rev. Casimiro Roca-Toscas, S.F., former rector of the Santuario de Chimayo, NM, died August 4, 2015. At the time, he was at home in the rectory at Holy Family Church, with his brothers Sons of the Holy Family and caretaker, who have been helping him for several years. He had celebrated his ninety-seventh birthday eleven days earlier.
After thirty-three active years living in Spain and Italy, Fr. Roca came to Chimayo in 1954. For fifty-two of the next sixty years, he worked at restoring the Shrine, greeting pilgrims and hearing their confessions, blessing their vehicles and religious articles. He contributed to the Shrine becoming a Registered National Historic Landmark. Along the way, he helped, founded, and named Holy Family Parish in Chimayo, NM. He also spent more than seven years serving Our Lady of Peace Parish in Greeley, Colorado.
The Sons of the Holy Family thank the people of Gentiva Hospice for their attention to Fr. Roca in the last month of his life.
Holy Family Church-Chimayo, NM
Tuesday, August 11 – 7pm
By Hermanos Penitentes
Mass of Resurrection:
Holy Family Parish-Chimayo, NM
Wednesday, August 12 – 11am
Interment of Ashes:
Santa Cruz de la Cañada, Santa Cruz, NM
Thursday, August 13 – Pending
One-Month Anniversary Mass:
Santuario de Chimayo
Sunday, September 13th – 12noon