Monsignor Fernando G. Gutierrez HP
January 30, 1939 – September 6, 2020
Main Chronological Milestones, Events & Comments • Born Jan 30, 1939 in Hagonoy, Bulacan to Victor Gutierrez and Victoria Garcia • He has 8 siblings: Leonardo (d), Pedro (d), Domingo(d), Benjamin(d), Antonio(d), Leopoldo(d), Jose and Felicidad • Early education at Hagonoy Elementary School, first two years of high school at St. Anne's Academy (Hagonoy) and then entered Our Lady of Guadalupe Minor Seminary • Ordained to the priesthood in 1966, served in four parishes in the Diocese of Malolos, which includes Barasoian Church, Pulilan, Sibul (San Miguel), Pulong Buhangin (Santa Maria). He was Parochial Vicar (1966-1969) and Pastor (1969-1972) • He was in the United States 1975-1982 to take up his Masters and Doctorate at the Catholic University of America Washington, DC • He earned his Master in Religious Education and Doctorate in Ministry at CUA • His studies completed, he went back to the Philippines to helped his Diocese establish a Pre-college and a Major Seminary • He served as the first rector for fourteen years (1982-1995) at the Immaculate Conception Major Seminary and was Episcopal Vicar for Religious in the Diocese of Malolos. • He went back to the USA in 1995 and served in the Diocese of San Diego, California as Parochial Vicar (1995-1999) and Pastor (1999-2001) and served in the Parishes of St Francis Church Vista, CA; St Catherine Laboure Church Clairemont Area SD and St. Michael's Church Homedale Ave, SD. He also served as needed at St. Mary's Church National City, CA • In 2001, he joined the staff of the Metropolitan Correctional Center, San Diego (Federal Prison) US Dept. of Justice, Bureau of Prisons and retired in Aug 2009 (due to medical disability) as Federal Prison Supervisory Chaplain. • Between 2009 and 2016, he spent his retirement here in San Diego recovering from his health issues, on most Sundays serving Mass at the Paradise Village Senior Center Chapel (National City). He is also a weekly columnist for the Asian Journal of San Diego, CA and a broadcaster in his weekly radio programs, Ihulog ang Lambat (Lower your Nets) for Radyo Filipino America at National City. • Known for spicing his talks and speeches with humor, Msgr Gutierrez was often invited to conduct weekend retreats and deliver lectures at convocations and Cursillos in Christianity weekends and group reunions. Over the years since he arrived in the USA, Msgr was a catalyst in the Cursillo Movement especially in the San Diego Area. He also conducts talks and retreats for the El Shaddai Movement here in Sn Diego. • In Nov 3, 2016, Msgr Fer left permanently for the Philippines for retirement in his home in Hagonoy, Bulacan, although he has vacationed there since his retirement of 2009. He has come back 3 times since 2016 through 2019 for medical checkup, surgeries/ recoveries and also a big celebration. • Oct 7, 2016, Msgr Fer celebrated his 50th Golden Anniversary of Priesthood at St Charles Parrish Hall. • On his retirement in the Philippines, he continued to write his books... on his passing he was on his 13th book. • Msgr Fernando Gutierrez passed away on Sept 6, 2020.
Saturday, September 19, 2020