Fr. Juan Ledesma, SJ, 102date posted: 2007-11-22 12:01:48
Fr. Juan Ledesma, SJ, passed away on November 9, 2007. He died at the age of 102.
He spent 83 years as a Jesuit, 71 years as a priest.
“Those are numbers that few of us can fully grasp, let alone attain ourselves. And yet his going home last night was quiet and peaceful, the end of a long life lived in great simplicity, perseverance and dedication,” said Fr. William M. Abott, SJ, during his homily at wake Mass on November 10, 2007 at the Oratory of San Ignacio, Loyola House of Studies.
During his long and fruitful life, Father Ledesma helped form men for the priesthood at the San Jose Seminary and sold the devotional compilation “My Travel Companion” all over the Philippines to raise funds for seminarians in need. He also conducted serious research on the life of Fr. Diego Luis de Sanvítores, the Jesuit missionary martyred in Guam, thus contributing to the efforts that led to Blessed Diego’s beatification by Pope John Paul II in 1985.
During the commencement ceremony at the Ateneo de Davao in 2006, Father Ledesma was bestowed the Archbishop Clovis Thibault Award, an award given to priests and religious for outstanding service to the Church. He was recognized for his zealous support of candidates for the priesthood and his scholarly studies and work for the beatification of Blessed Diego and Pedro Calungsod.