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July 3 marks the loss of a good person in the Recoletos family, Rev. Fr. Delfin Castillo, OAR at the age of 68. He passed at 10:03 pm of multiple organ failure due to pancreatic cancer.


“Fr. Delfin,” as most of his colleagues and friends called him, was born in Tacloban City Leyte on July 10, 1946. He had his simple profession on September 7, 1968 at Monteagudo, Navarra, Spain. His simple profession on October 17, 1971; diaconal ordination on March 19, 1972; and his sacerdotal ordination on June 29, 1972 were all held at Marcilla, Navarra, Spain.

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The last religious assignment of Fr. Castillo was at the San Sebastian College – Recoletos Canlubang  Laguna as the HRDC Head and Assistant Property Administrator. During his early years as the servant of the Lord, he was very obedient to his religious assignments:

1972 – San Carlos City Negros Occidental

1979 – Bacolod City

1991 – Talisay City Negros Occidental

1997 – Spain

1997 – Talisay City, Cebu

2003 – Provincialate, Quezon City

2011 – San Sebastian College – Recoletos Canlubang, Laguna

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In the burial mass held last July 7 at the San Nicholas de Tolentino Parish, attended by Fr. Delfin’s friends, relatives and brothers from the order, his nephew Rev. Fr. Randy Castillo, OAR shared his last months’ life experience with his “Tito Delfin”.  Fr. Randy was able to ask for his Tito Delfin’s message to the Recoletos family. Among Fr. Delfin’s message was “Maraming, maraming, maraming salamat po.” He gave thanks to the people who offered prayers for him, for all the people who became his brothers and sisters. Fr. Delfin thanked God for the servers and parishioners of the church. He also asked for continuous support for the religious vocation with prayers, love and care. Fr. Delfin also gave emphasis on forgiveness and reconciliation.Fr Delfin 3Fr Delfin 4