Fr James Reuter dies at 96
(UPDATED) MANILA, Philippines - Rev Fr James Reuter, the American Jesuit priest best known for his work in the academe and media here in the Philippines, died Monday, December 31. He was 96.
Reuter died of old age at 12:51 pm Monday, according to The Guidon, the official student paper of the Ateneo de Manila University, quoting the Jesuit Residence. He was comatose for over a week, Jesuit Fr Noel Velasquez, house minister of Dela Costa House said.
His wake will be held at the Loyola House inside the Ateneo de Manila University on January 2, Fr Celerino Reyes SJ added. There were previous plans of holding the wake tonight at San Jose Seminary, but plans had changed.
Reuter died at the Our Lady of Peace Hospital in Parañaque City, and will be interred at Arlington Memorial, the Philippine Daily Inquirer reported.
Reuter was born May 21, 1916, in the United States. He is best known as a pioneer in Philippine media post-World War II, and was instrumental in the formation of the Family Rosary Crusade, as well as JesCom, the communication arm of the Philippine Jesuits.
"His love of the Philippines and Filipinos was legendary; so much so it earned him a stature and affection beyond the measure of the many awards, both national and sectoral, that he received throughout his long life," said presidential spokesperson Edwin Lacierda.
"We join the Society of Jesus in the Philippines, the generations of alumni of the Ateneo de Manila University, and men and women of media, arts, and letters, who mourn the loss of this man of faith, good cheer, and eloquence," he added.
He was awarded the Ramon Magsaysay Award for Journalism in 1989, and was given the Outstanding Service Award by Pope John Paul II in 1981. - Rappler.com