jump to navigation

RIP, FR. NARDS October 21, 2008

Posted by Fr. Felmar Castrodes Fiel, SVD in Mission Anecdotes, Personal Message.
Tags: , , , , , ,
trackback

Last Sunday, October 19, Frt. Ronrey announced that the new issue of the Yapak Magazine of Christ the King was sent to our Tagaytay community. He said that one of the contents was the interview done by seminarians Kevin Pizarras and Henry Paul Ramilo to Fr. Leonardo Estioko, SVD.

Surprising, I thought. For several years, the Yapak Magazine begged Fr. Nards for an interview but he always declined. This semester, he granted the magazine reporters an exclusive interview. “Signs of the times…” my friend commented. Anyway, in that interview, he was asked, “Father, any last words before we part ways?”

Fr. Nards exclaimed, “Ha? Ano yang last words, last words? Mahirap yan.(laughs)”

And it happened. October 21, at 3:45 pm, he died. Lung cancer. May he rest in peace…


I was a college seminarian when Fr. Nards was the Rector of Christ the King. The info and the whole alley of the Buttenbruch building were then filled with bones for Sacra. Every after vacation, he would ask me for “pasalubong”, not for him but for his beloved Sacra…He loved Sacra so much.

But more than his love for the dogs is his dedication to teaching. He was one of my favorite teachers in Christ the King (Fr. Nards, Bro. Romy, Mr. Racho). He was awarded the Most Outstanding Filipino SVD Professor of Philosophy last August 28, 2008. For him, being a teacher is more important than being a rector. He said, “Anybody can be a rector but not everybody can be a teacher (in Philosophy).”

God bless you, Fr. Nards…

JO5L0051

____________________

RECOMMENDED POSTS:

Comments»

1. Anonymous - October 21, 2008

we love you fr. nards…

2. arnoldbiagosvd - October 21, 2008

indeed, he is the best teacher that the SVD ever had… may his life inspire us to be the best in what we do…thanks to fr. nards..

3. Ellichtir - October 21, 2008

A concrete example of dedication, passion, brilliance, excellence and humility.

Thank You Fr. Nards.

4. Anonymous - October 22, 2008

I am very sorry for him. He did not get his ardent wish to die in the classroom. he died on a semestral break kasi. hehe. pagdasal ko siya. he is a good prof.

5. Anonymous - October 22, 2008

Not just the best but the best among the best…as it says. i have never met yet a philosophy professor who posseses the caliber of Fr. Nards. he discussed things very clear and simple. a big lost to Christ the King Community and a greatest Glory to the Almighty Kingdom.

REST IN GLORIOUS PEACE FR. NARDS.

Glad to meet YOU in the World Unknown!

6. King - October 22, 2008

Our sympathy to the community and to the family of Fr. Nards. May his soul rest in peace!

7. altjess - October 22, 2008

Fr Nards imparted life wisdoms to all those whom he have taught..

pinadali nya at inalis ang hirap ng philosophy course..

‘Tu magister maximus es!’

8. Pat Lim - October 23, 2008

Thank you, Fr. Nards… I am always amused how you by how you never forget to remember me and my name everytime I visit CKMS…

May you rest in peace…

9. neuroticsister - October 27, 2008

my deepest condoles… it’s my first time here in your blog and read about this great guy… my prayers would be with him…

my best friend is a seminarian too… although he stays at San Carlos Seminary in Manila…

Godbless! and Godspeed!

10. Anonymous - October 30, 2008

in behalf of the CKMS associates in philo batch 2008-2009, i would like to extend my condolences to the SVD family who mourns over the death of a great mentor and priest, fr. estioko. he is our professor in philosophical research. one thing i cannot forget about him is this famous adage he once quipped: “you say it best when you say nothing..”

ron torres, OMI

11. Filosofo - December 17, 2008

fr. nards, though he was very sick, taught us philosophy with passion and dedication. i am and will always be very proud of him.

PLEASE GET A COPY OF HIS POSTHUMOUS BOOK ENTITLED, “PHILOSOPHY OF EDUCATION, A FILIPINO PERSPECTIVE”.

He was supposed to launch it on his birthday this year. However, he died before the printing process was completed.

to the greatest SVD filipino philosophy teacher, we pay our greatest respect.

We’ll miss you Fr. Nards!

12. Rome Ibera - November 22, 2015

Your unbridled enthusiasm in your personal, spiritual and academic life will always be a contagious inspiration for us since the days in CKS and Tagaytay and beyond.Thank you for the stories, the good memories and levities that made our collective pursuits easier and more fun. The search is not easy to find a friend and mentor like you.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: