Rogationist priest dies due to multiple myeloma
Fr. Enrique “Eric” Raveza III passed away on June 6, 2018 after a bout with multiple myeloma and other complications. BR. CHRISTIAN ALLAN DE SAGUN, RCJ
By Br. John Francis C. Aberion, RCJ and Br. Christian Allan De Sagun, RCJ
June 11, 2018
After months of hospitalization due to multiple myeloma and other complications, Fr. Enrique “Eric” Raveza III passed on at 3:10 a.m. on June 6 at the San Juan De Dios Educational Foundation – Hospital in this city.
The next day, June 7, his remains was brought to the Fr. Di Francia Center of Studies in Eriberta Lane, Don Jose Greencourt, San Dionisio, Sucat, Parañaque City, for people to pay their respects and say their prayers for his eternal repose.
Raveza’s remains were interred earlier today, June 11, 10:00 a.m. It began with a Holy Mass presided over by Parañaque Bishop Jesse E. Mercado, D.D, followed by his burial rites at the Manila Memorial Park, Sucat, Parañaque City.
Starting June 2017, Raveza was hospitalized several times for complaints of dizziness and other discomforts, which the doctors then, simply associated with his frail heart condition. It was only in December of that year that a definitive diagnosis of “multiple myeloma” was made. He faced his incurable condition for months until his final few hours on June 6.
Simply known to many as “Eric,” he was born on Jan. 11, 1964 in Manila, Philippines, and was baptized on Feb. 14 of the following year. He entered the Rogationist Seminary on May 2, 1981 and was admitted to the novitiate on June 1, 1983, both in Manila.
He made the first profession of the religious vows on June 1, 1984 and perpetually embraced religious life on June 1, 1990. He took his theological studies at the Don Bosco Center of Studies in Parañaque City. He specialized in sacred liturgy at the Pontifical Institute of St. Anselm in Rome.
On June 11, 1994, at the Our Lady of Most Holy Rosary Parish in Multinational Village, Parañaque, through the imposition of hands and the invocation of the Holy Spirit, he was ordained a priest by Lipa Bishop Emeritus Ramon Arguelles, D.D.
Passion for serving the poor
Among Raveza’s most notable ministries were his services as vice rector and treasurer at the Fr. Di Francia Center of Studies, when it was still in Merville Park, Parañaque from 1994, as prefect of discipline and vice superior at the then Blessed Hannibal Formation Center in Cebu from 1996 and as prefect of studies in the same community from 1998.
In 2000, he was assigned as collaborator in the Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary Parish, multi-grade school and youth ministry in Parañaque. The following year, he was appointed parochial vicar in that same parish. By 2004, he was the vice superior and treasurer of the said parish, until he assumed his task as collaborator in the activities of the St. Anthony’s Boys Village, the Oasis of Prayer, and some special projects of the then Philippine-Indian Delegation from 2005. In 2006, he was assigned to take charge of the program for and formation of the scholars of the St. Hannibal Multi-level School Foundation, which was under the care of the Delegation.
In 2007, he was appointed delegation treasurer and councilor in-charge of the sector on educational-charitable apostolate, apostolate among the poor, parishes and administration. He was then delegated to represent the major superior, in 2008, in what is now the Rogationist College-Parañaque, as president and later on, as rector.
In addition to these tasks, he was appointed vice superior and treasurer of the Fr. Di Francia Center of Studies, the succeeding year – during which he also took charge of the Pastoral Institute on Vocation Ministry and the Rogate Press.