Statement from HLI president Father Shenan J. Boquet on the passing of Monsignor Ignacio Barreiro-Carambula, former interim president of HLI and longtime director of HLI’s Rome office.
Monsignor Ignacio Barreiro’s courageous five year battle with cancer ended this morning at 2:00 am, when he surrendered his life and spirit to the Lord. The entire HLI community mourns with his family, as Monsignor was a part of HLI’s family for more than twenty years. During this length of service, Monsignor touched and even saved countless lives with his many articles in defense of the most vulnerable, and his advocacy for them in often tenuous circumstances.
Today begins the Holy Triduum, and on this day, Holy Thursday, Our Lord instituted the Sacred Priesthood and Most Holy Eucharist. Monsignor loved his vocation to the priesthood and centered his life around the Holy Mass. Today was very special for him. I think it only fitting that on this day Monsignor would surrender his life and spirit to the Lord Jesus, the High Priest, who so generously allowed him to share in His priesthood. May Our Lord welcome his faithful priest and servant home: “Well done, good and faithful servant… Come, share your master’s joy.”
Eternal rest grant unto Monsignor O, Lord. And, let Your perpetual light shine upon him.
We will publish details on his funeral when they are available.