Bishop Camacho to be laid to rest today


The islands’ Catholic Church is inviting the whole community to witness the burial of bishop emeritus Tomas Aguon Camacho, the Diocese of Chalan Kanoa’s first bishop, today.

Today, the burial mass for Camacho will start at 8am, after the arrival of the body from the Commonwealth Health Center, and would end at about 12pm after the body is buried.

Public viewing will start at 8:30am and will end at 10am.

The official burial Mass will start at 11am and will immediately be followed by the burial ritual.

Camacho will be buried inside the Chalan Kanoa Cathedral in the crypt beneath the sanctuary.

According to Fr. Jason Granado from the San Vicente Parish, the ceremony was organized to be as simple as possible, as per Camacho’s wishes. There will be no government recognition whatsoever to keep the ceremony as solemn as possible.
Camacho passed away on March 5 at the Commonwealth Health Center after a lingering illness.

Camacho served as the diocese’s bishop from 1984 to 2010.

He was the 2008 Saipan Tribune Person of the Year.

Camacho was born on Sept. 18, 1933, and was ordained priest on June 14, 1961, at the age of 27.

On Nov. 8, 1984, then Pope John Paul II appointed him as the first bishop of the newly created Roman Catholic Diocese of Chalan Kanoa.

Camacho was consecrated on Jan. 13, 1985, and served as head of the diocese from 1984 until his retirement on April 6, 2010 and lived his remaining years at his residence in Kannat Tabla.

Kimberly Bautista | Reporter
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