Friday, October 29, 2010

RIP Father Steve Baumbusch, rector of PIME Tagaytay

We received the sad news this morning that PIME's rector Father Steve Baumbusch drowned in the sea of Lubang Island (Occidental Mindoro). Requiescat in pace; our condolences to his family and to the PIME community.

The edited video is part of the homily of the late Fr. Steve to the academic community of Divine Word Seminary at the opening mass for this school year (date June 16, 2010.

PIME stands for Pontificio Istituto Missione Estere (Italian: Pontifical Institute for Foreign Missions) and their seminarians study at Divine Word Seminary (Tagaytay).

Profile of Father Baumbusch from the PIME website:
Fr. Steve Baumbusch was born in Columbus, Ohio. He is a graduate of the former PIME Saints Peter and Paul High School Seminary in Newark, Ohio. He completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Detroit, and studied theology at the ...Catholic Theological Union in Chicago. Following his ordination in 1983, he spent six years as a teacher and dean at Sts. Peter and Paul High School Seminary. In 1989, he began a six-year stint as PIME US Regional Superior at the regional headquarters in Detroit. During his tenure as Regional Superior, he initiated the formation of the PIME mission in Cuanacaxtitlan, Mexico, among the native Mixtec Indians, PIME's first mission in Mexico. From 1995-1998, he served as Formation Director for PIME's college seminarians in Detroit. In August 1998, Father Steve left the United States and was assigned to the Philippines (Columbio, Sultan Kudarat).

1 comment:

Jovy Ebane said...

Fr. Steve,

Thank you for all the years living your life for the Lord and for serving us in Columbio mission/parish w/ joy, love and dedication.

Thank you for being a good servant on us, for inspiring us and leading us in our faith.

The seeds you sow in the parishioners of columbio will live forever in our heart and continue living faithfuly to GOd..

We all cry of lossing you, Fr steve, but we all know that God needs you more in heaven for us!

We all love you Fr. Steve..
we gonna miss you!

-Jovy Ebane- Fr. Steve secretary, Columbio Mission