Tributes pour as Fr. Intengan dies aged 74

Tributes pour as Fr. Intengan dies aged 74

MANILA— Tributes have poured in for Jesuit Fr. Romeo “Archie” Intengan, a prominent figure in the fight against the Marcos dictatorship, who died at the age of 74 on Tuesday.

His Jesuit community said that their confrère “died quiet suddenly” eight days after his 75th birthday as he suffered cardiac arrest while being brought to the hospital.

Fr. Silvino Borres, Jr., Rector of the Loyola House of Studies, said that Intengan has an “iconic status” among the Jesuits because of the role he played during the martial law period that forced him to on exile.

“No doubt about it, the experience that he went through revealed really a deep love for his country. And this love for his country never wavered,” Borres said.

“You have seen leaders who had come and then have gone,” he said. “(But as) for Fr. Archie, the same passion and zeal had remained with him to his last dying day.”

Known peace advocate Fr. Eliseo Mercado of the Oblates of Mary Immaculate (OMI) remembers Intengan for his “passion and activism and sharp analysis of the social ills that continue to hound the country”.

“I will miss his sharp mind, passion, fire and his wits,” he said.

Fr. Archie was a surgeon before he entered the Society of Jesus in July 1970 and was ordained a priest seven years later.

He served as Philippine Provincial from 1998 to 2004.

The wake is being held at the Oratory of St. Ignatius, Loyola House of Studies at the Ateneo de Manila campus in Quezon City.

The funeral Mass is tentatively scheduled on Saturday, October 14 at 8:00 A.M. at the Oratory of St. Ignatius. However, it may be adjusted pending the arrival of his family from the United States.

After funeral rites, Fr. Archie will be interred at the Sacred Heart Novitiate Jesuit Cemetery in Novaliches, Quezon City. CBCPNews