Death of former Passionist Secretary General


From the Passiochristi Website –

With great sadness, we wish to inform you that last night our beloved Father Fernando Ruiz Saldarriaga passed away in Medellín, Colombia. Fr. Fernando was affected by ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Syndrome), which was diagnosed 10 months ago, in April 2019.

Fr. Fernando was born on May 24, 1968, professed on July 2, 2005, and was ordained on May 14, 2011.

He came to Rome in May 2017 to work in the General Curia first as translator for the General Council and then as Secretary General, a position he held for two years. He was well appreciated and loved by all who knew him.

Fernando nurtured a sincere and deep love for Jesus Crucified and the Virgin Mary; he was blessed with a special gift in communicating this love to others. Both the religious community and the lay people who came to know him here in the last two years share a deep impression of his joyful witness to the love of God.

As a true man of God, he entrusted himself fully to Him in taking up with courage and faith the Cross of his illness. We are grateful to God for the gift of his life to the Congregation.


All powerful God, grant to our brother, Fernando, one with us in the sacred bonds of the Passion, forgiveness for his sins. His desire on earth was to be like Christ, your Son. May he rejoice in his presence and praise you for ever. We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.   (Votive Mass for Deceased Members of the Congregation of the Passion, Passionist Sacramentary)


2 Responses to “Death of former Passionist Secretary General”

  1. steinmillerusa Says:

    I worked with Fernando while we were preparing for the last General Chapter.
    It was an incredible experience.
    He had great patience with my technological limitations.
    Everytime he got close to my computer he would comment how “dirty it was” and he would clean it for me.
    He was truly a brother in Christ! May he now enjoy eternal life.
    Fr. Alex Steinmiller, C.P

    • steinmillerusa Says:

      We will offer Mass for Fernando this coming Monday.
      We are saddened by his death, grateful for his eternal reward!

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