SLAIN SVD PRIEST: A HERO April 7, 2007Posted by Fr. Felmar Castrodes Fiel, SVD in JPIC, SVD.
Tags: Christ the King Mission Seminary, Fr. Francis Madhu SVD, Kalinga
“He is a hero to us. He died in the line of his priestly and missionary duty” one sister said. Leaving his country without informing his relatives in Indonesia, Fr. Fransiskus Madhu went to the Philippines on Palm Sunday of 2005 shortly after his ordination. A very humble, energetic and smiling priest, he was sent to Kalinga Province. Exactly two years after, he was also shot to death last Palm Sunday while already vested for the Holy Mass.His body arrived at 1:45 in the afternoon and a loud cheer greeted him. Fr. Alfons Betan, his Spiritual Director when he was still a seminarian, laid the wreathe on his coffin. The SVD priests carried his casket and made a very sentimental procession to the Shrine of the Divine Word to celebrate the Holy Mass in his honor.
His remains are in Villa Cristo Rey of Christ the King Mission Seminary. He will be buried at the Sementeryo ng Mga Relihiyoso (also at Christ the King Mission Seminary) on Monday, April 9, 2007 after the Burial Mass at 3 pm.