The Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of Saint Peter has announced the tragic death of former Episcopal priest Antonio Contreras-Rodriguez, who was the pastor of a prospective Ordinariate community in Flushing, NY.
It is with great sadness that we report the death of our dear brother Dr. Antonio Contreras, 45, a candidate for ordination to the priesthood in the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of Saint Peter. Dr. Contreras, who formerly served as an Episcopal Priest in the Diocese of Long Island, was on tour of India and Sri Lanka when he apparently suffered a fatal heart attack in early August.
This past spring, Dr. Contreras led a group of his former parishioners into the Catholic Church, and they were worshiping at St. Michael’s Parish in Flushing, NY.
Arrangements are pending.
He was born in Puerto Rico on August 21, 1968, and was ordained an Episcopal priest in 2005. He served the San Jorge, Flushing, and La Santa Cruz, Brooklyn, neighborhoods. He also worked as a school psychologist in Yonkers.
Please keep his family and parishioners in your prayers
Interestingly, his former Episcopal bishop is presiding at a Thanksgiving liturgy for the life of Fr. Contreras in his own cathedral this evening!
The website of the Episcopal Diocese of Long Island announced:
August 9, 2014
It is with deep sadness that The Diocese of Long Island announces the death of the Rev. Dr. Antonio Contreras.
Padre Contreras died of a heart attack this morning, August 9, while on pilgrimage in Sri Lanka.
Padre Antonio was born in Puerto Rico on August 21, 1968 and ordained priest in the Diocese of Long Island by the Rt. Rev. Orris Walker on April 24, 2005.
Most of his priesthood was spent serving the San Jorge, Flushing and La Santa Cruz, Brooklyn communities where he was known for his dynamic preaching and his generous pastoral heart.
In addition to his priestly duties, Padre Antonio worked as a school psychologist in Yonkers.
Please keep Padre Antonio and his family in your prayers.
Updated Posting August 22, 2014:
AUG 27, 6 pm – Invitation to Liturgy of Thanksgiving for Father Antonio Contreras-Rodriguez at the Cathedral of the Incarnation.
In honor of the life and ministry of Father Antonio Contreras-Rodriguez, who died on Saturday, August 9, Bishop Provenzano will preside at a Liturgy of Thanksgiving at the Cathedral of the Incarnation on Wednesday, August 27 at 6:00 pm.
Liturgical color: white