Robert's Random Ravings

Sadness in East Austin

It has been a sad time for a parish here in the eastern section of Austin. The church is called Cristo Rey Catholic Church. Their priest was getting set to retire from the ministry. He purchased a property in Nuevo Laredo, just across the border from Laredo, Texas. He was moving his belongings down to his new home in preparation for his retirement.

Last week, word came that the priest was missing. There was some hope for a while, but most suspected foul play. This past Sunday, the bad news came. His body was found next to his mattress on the side of a highway in Nuevo Laredo. The caretaker of his property in Nuevo Laredo is suspected in the stabbing death of Rev. Jesse Euresti. This has been reported, among other places, in the Austin American Statesman. To read more about this, click here.

Funeral arrangements are as follows:

  • April 7: Rosary at 7 p.m. at Cristo Rey Parish in Austin
  • April 8: Funeral Mass at 7 p.m. at Cristo Rey Parish in Austin
  • April 9: Private burial

So, why am I writing about this in my blog? I am writing about this because I am sad that such violence still exists in 2009. I am sad that this quiet church (which I had the privilege of visiting this morning in the Reverend’s honor) has been touched in this way. I am sad that this man who was just weeks away from retiring has had his life snuffed out in this way.

My partner and I went down to the church today (it is called Cristo Rey Catholic Church and is located in East Austin) so that we could pay our respects to the family and donate money to the fund for the funeral. We also wanted to, in our own way, stand with this congregation in its time of need. We do not always agree with the actions of the Catholic Church and the Pope, but these people are good, honest people. They have a beautiful sanctuary and facility in East Austin and while I was there, I was thinking that it represented what a church really should look like. It was not filled with gold statues and gaudy decorations. It is a simple, beautiful building – much like the community it serves.

My thoughts and prayers go out to the family of Reverend Euresti. I know it will not be easy for them, but I pray that their faith in G-d will help them in this time of sorrow.


04/07/2009 - Posted by | General | , , , ,

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