Former Dominican Priest Fr. Enrico D. Gonzales, OP, Passes Away

Priest Fr. Enrico D. Gonzales passed away. (Facebook/ Fr. Enrico D. Gonzales)

Fr. Enrico D. Gonzales, a former Dominican priest, passed away on May 11, 2023. Let’s see How did Fr. Enrico D. Gonzales die and Fr. Enrico D. Gonzales cause of death in detail.


How did Fr. Enrico D. Gonzales die?

On May 11, 2023, the priest Fr. Enrico D. Gonzales passed away.

The devastating news was announced in the official Facebook page of the National Shrine of Our Lady of Salambao – San Pascual Baylon Parish.

San Juan de Lateran college wrote,


We pray for the eternal repose of the soul of Fr. Enrico D. Gonzales, OP, formerly assigned to the Convent of St. John Lateran.
Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord, and let the perpetual light shine upon him. May the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.”

University of Santo Tomas wrote,

“We at the University of Santo Tomas pay tribute to the late Professor Emeritus fr. Enrico D. Gonzales, O.P., a beloved teacher and preacher whose lessons and reflections have touched so many over the decades. Rest in God’s loving arms, fr. Enrico!”


Fr. Enrico D. Gonzales cause of death

Fr. Enrico D. Gonzales cause of death was not disclosed yet. There are no information available about Fr. Enrico D. Gonzales cause of death. Medico topics have been trying to reach out to the family and relatives for comment on the incident. So far no responses have been received. We will update the page once enough information is available. More information on Fr. Enrico D. Gonzales cause of death will be added soon.


Who was Fr. Enrico D. Gonzales?

The former dean of the Faculty of Philosophy, Professor Emeritus Rev. Fr. Enrico D. Gonzales, O.P., PhD, reminded the retreat attendees that we need to distinguish between immediate problems and long-term issues. He explained that in order to distinguish between the two, we are both “Children of the Earth”—worried about what to eat, what to dress, what course to take, promotions, and pay—and “Children of God”—a child of love, which is self-giving. Both, according to Fr. Gonzales, are necessary, but it does not imply that they are equally important. What matters more is being a child of God. Daily worries are significant, according to Fr. Gonzales, since they are necessary for survival. He did warn, nonetheless, that, “if we become too fixated with survival, the law will be that of the jungle. Only the fittest will reign. Do not be afraid of struggle. It means you do not want to be an extremist.”

Fr. Gonzales stated that one-sidedness is the heresy of modern life. He also emphasized the importance of balance to the Thomasians, just as we strive to strike a balance between our immediate and long-term concerns. Fr. Gonzales advised against viewing life as a constant contest between two options; rather, he advised holding onto our faith in the face of difficulty because, like the Nazareno during the procession, no matter how slowly things move along, “we will still get there.”


Tributes to Fr. Enrico D. Gonzales

Minor Basilica of Our Lady of Manaoag wrote: ” Please join us in praying for the eternal repose of the soul of this humble servant of God. May 11, 2023. Eternal rest grant unto Rev. Fr. Enrico Gonzales, O.P., O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him. May he rest in peace. Amen. May almighty God bless us with his peace and strength, the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.”

Dale Dakilo wrote: “We lost a very great preacher today. Rest in peace, Fr. Enrico!”



One of the worst things anyone can go through in life is losing a loved one. Any journey must have a destination at the end. The person’s time on earth has regrettably come to an end now that they have died. We wish him eternal peace and send our thoughts and prayers to his loved ones, family, friends. May he rest in peace.

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