Saturday, July 30, 2011

RIP Fr. Adonis Narcelles, SVD (1971-2011)

Father Adonis Narcelles Jr, SVD, DWST alumnus and missionary in Berlin, succumbed to cancer on July 29, 2011 in Berlin. He was 40 years old.  

From FB post of Fr. Felmar Fiel, SVD:

Adonis Llamas Narcelles Jr. SVD was born in Pangasinan. He is the fourth child among seven children of Adonis Narcelles Sr. and Lily Llamas Narcelles. He grew up and went to school in Pozorrubio, Pangasinan. In 1988, he entered the Divine Word Formation Center-Urdaneta, as a seminarian of the Society of the Divine Word (SVD). Two years later, he went to Christ the King Mission Seminary where he finished his bachelor's degree in philosophy.

He entered the Holy Spirit Novitiate in Calapan, Oriental Mindoro in 1994 and then pursued his theological studies at the Divine Word Seminary in Tagaytay City.

In 1998, he went to the St. Augustine Mission Seminary in Sankt Augustin, Germany to continue his studies and finished his degree in Theology. After his Diaconate year in the Parish of St. Alexander and Theodor in Ottobeuren (Bayern) he was ordained priest on June 1, 2003. On April 4, 2004, he arrived at his first "mission assignment" in Berlin, as Chaplain of the Filipinos in the Archdiocese of Berlin.

 From the FB post of Fr. Martin Ueffing in Germany:

Adonis wrote on June 30, 2011:
"it’s more than a month now
since this inner battle –
many things, events, signs of hope
have happened since then..
the pale complexion at the beginning
the lost of appetite and weigh
were only symptoms of a sickness
which developed within…
the visit to the hospital
and the series of examinations
in blood, bodily organs
soon revealed a sad discovery…
it was the growth of a rare tumor
near the gall bladder area
at the bile duct near the pancreas
this was the mail culprit…
then, we startet our common prayer
to ask God for healing, for recovery
for deeper faith to accept His will
and many people have responded to our call…
but an operation is necessary
to chick the tumor and its development
on june 6, two days after my 40th birthday
I had the major operation…
it was a successful one
the healing was fast
thanks for your constant prayers
after 12 days I was home again…
four days thereafter
an internal bleeding was diagnosed
but was immediately stopped
thank god…
being in the hospital
was again an opportunity to prepare
for the necessary chemotheraphy
to curb the growth or kill the tumor.
on june 25
Istarted the first chemo session
without much dramatic side effects
again, our prayers were heard by God…
on June 29, the feast of sts. peter and paul
I was home again to regain strength
to take good rest, te eat normal food
and to feel the joy of living…
life goes on after all these events…
this painful journey and battle
again this tumor, these cancer cells
have led me to many realizations in life
and inspired me to write many poems…
there is always life and an hope amidst all these…
I do believe that God is on our side
He alone can kill the tumor an
can restore back my health
as long as we continue to pray…
yes, we don’t give up praying to God
we continue believing in His mighty
and miraculous power to heal me
and all the sick people…
for only God makes all things possible."
God called him... they say, he died with the words "thank you" on his lips... i am sad... and grateful for his inspiring presence... (m.ü.)


Raymundo Gamboa Jr. said...

Our condolences to the family of Fr. Adonis Narcelles..

Miko Selidio said...

Fr. Don, you will always be in our prayers. As your classmate and friend, I will always remember the times that we were together in our days at CKMS. Adios amigo... Be with God...

Wilhelmina Göllmann said...

Thank you for these wonderful prints about Fr. Adonis esp. in sharing us his personal letter.. I was emotionally affected for losing a good friend priest like Fr.Adonis who is very dear to many, not only in Berlin but to other parts of germany. As I read his letter, it lead me to give him my acknowledgment of a fundamental truth that no individual is an island in itself or her/himself. Fr. Adonis also served an eye opening for many esp. in reading his books, listening to his Cd where you can hear his voice in talking to our God.It is very inspiring to live accdg. to God´s guidances.
Now,that Fr.Don´s missions had ended here on earth, I can´t say it is all over...but it is jst a beginning for us to follow the footstep of a brave priest who fully accept, "Lord, thy will be done".

Rose Kautz said...

I live here in Berlin and met Fr. Adonis for I guess 4 times. He's an adorable and a very kind man. I didn't knew him that much but the impression that he can really move people spiritualy was always there. It's a little bit too late, but my warm condolence to the family, friends and all the people who were touched by him.