Richard Michael Fernando Healing Oil (Servant of God)
With this new criterion, we already have its pioneer candidate worthy for this criterion. Our own Jesuit Missionary Richard Michael Fernando, SJ. Bro. Richie’s life and martyrdom. Shows his dedication to serve others even risking his life both for God and his people.
Richard Fernando, better known as “Richie” ot his friends, family, fellow religious and students, was born on February 27, 1970. He attended elementary school in Dominican School, and finished his secondary education at the Claret School of Quezon City. He graduated with a degree in Developmental Studies from Ateneo de Manila University, then entered the Society of Jesus after college and took up Philosophical Studies.
The Mission in Cambodia
Fernando and other Jesuit missionaries went to Phnom Penh, Cambodia for his Regency in May 1995. It took him only three months to master the Khmer language. He served in the Technical School for the Handicapped which was run by Jesuits in the city.
One of his students was an orphan named Sarom, who became a soldier at 16 and was maimed by a landmine. Even while some at the mission found Sarom’s attitude troublesome, Richie wrote in letters to friends that Sarom still had a place in his heart.
On October 17, 1996, at around 9:30 a.m., Sarom. A troubled student who was holding a grenade rushed into Fernando’s classroom. Sarom, a student in the school, habitually involved in gambling. While everyone else in panic trying to get out of the room, Fernando determined to pacify Sarom. He embraced Sarom, and after moments of struggle, the grenade dropped and bounced back at Fernando. The grenade exploded and Fernando hit by shrapnel in the head, upper and lower back, and legs. He later died in a local hospital.
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