The writer of Ecclesiastes proclaims: For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven: a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted; …a time to weep and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;
I received word on Saturday morning from our Dean of Students and VP for Inclusion and Belonging, Dr. Leon Rodrigues, that his father died unexpectedly on Saturday.
Leon wrote today and asked that we share the following details: “On Saturday my mother informed me that my father had passed into eternal life. He died peacefully in his sleep which is what I had always prayed for. My father, Rev. Henry Rodrigues was a wonderful man and servant of God. He was 94 years old and for the past 15 years, had serious struggles with dementia. We have many good memories of my father and while our journey currently is a mixture of grief and gratitude, we celebrate that God’s divine purposes were fulfilled in my dad’s life. Our family appreciates the prayers and words of comfort during our time of bereavement.”
Please keep Leon and his wife Sophie as well as their family in your prayers as they commend Henry to God’s eternal loving embrace. When we have funeral details we will share that information. You can write a card or note for him at his seminary address.
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