Intramuros’ San Agustin Church on lockdown after parish priest dies from Covid-19

Intramuros’ San Agustin Church on lockdown after parish priest dies from Covid-19

Fr. Arnold Sta. Maria Cañoza, OSA. PHOTO COURTESY OF SAN AGUSTIN CHURCH

By CBCP News

March 21, 2021

Intramuros, Manila

The parish priest of the historic San Agustin Church in Manila’s Intramuros district has died from Covid-19 on Sunday.

Augustinian Fr. Arnold Sta. Maria Cañoza succumbed to coronavirus at the age of 45, his religious order said.

According to his congregation, Cañoza had been a professed religious in the Order for 14 years.

He first professed his vows in June 2006 and made his solemn profession in February 2011.

Due to the nature of Cañoza’s death, the entire convent community will be on indefinite lockdown starting today.

“Access to the church and convent will be restricted, and operations at the parish office will also be suspended until further notice,” the parish said.

“We ask for your understanding and prayers,” it said.

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