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WATCH: Funeral service for El Paso Catholic priest who died of cancer

UPDATE, May 13: In the video player above, you can watch the funeral mass held Thursday from St. Patrick Cathedral in downtown El Paso for Rev. Trinidad Fuentez, a Catholic priest for 40 years who served at various parishes across El Paso. He died earlier this month at age 69 following a battle with cancer.

Below is ABC-7's video obituary on Father Fuentez.

UPDATE, May 11: The El Paso Catholic Diocese has announced the details of funeral services for Rev. Trinidad Fuentez, the beloved parish rector of the St. Patrick Cathedral in downtown El Paso and a longtime priest at numerous other parishes, who died earlier this month at age 69 following a battle with cancer.

The diocese said funeral services will be held over 3 days in both his native Pecos, Texas and his final resting place in El Paso. ABC-7 is making plans to livestream the El Paso service here on KVIA.com because in-person attendance is being limited to family and clergy.

The schedule is as follows:

  • Tuesday May 11, 2021:
    • Viewing and Rosary - Santa Rosa De Lima Catholic Church, Pecos, TX
    • Public viewing: 3:30 PM - 6:30 PM - Rosary at 7:00 PM
  • Wednesday May 12, 2021:
    • Funeral Mass - Santa Rosa De Lima Catholic Church, Pecos, TX
    • 10:00 AM Santa Rosa De Lima Catholic Church, Pecos, TX
  • Thursday May 13, 2021:
    • Public Viewing from 8:30 AM – 9:30 AM - St. Patrick Cathedral, El Paso, TX.
    • Funeral Mass - 10:00 AM - St. Patrick Cathedral
    • Burial at Mt. Carmel Cemetery, El Paso, TX.

In the below video player you can watch Wednesday's funeral mass in Pecos.

UPDATE, May 4: El Paso Bishop Mark Seitz said Tuesday night that the Catholic diocese was "in mourning for the loss of a beloved priest" after a battle with advanced-stage cancer.

Rev. Trinidad Fuentez, 69, parish rector of the St. Patrick Cathedral in downtown El Paso, died just days after being hospitalized, where officials had said he was "resting comfortably" while awaiting hospice care.

“We ask the entire El Paso community to pray for his soul and the souls of all faithful departed,” Seitz said in a statement Tuesday night announcing the priest's passing.

The diocese said funeral arrangements were pending for the Peco, Texas native who was one of 15 siblings.

Fuentez served the Diocese of El Paso for over 40 years in various parishes including St. Joseph’s, San Antonio de Padua, St. Joseph’s – Fort Davis, Christ the King – Balmorhea, Santa Lucia, San Elizario, Most Holy Trinity, Queen of Peace and St. Patrick Cathedral.

ORIGINAL REPORT, May 2: EL PASO, Texas -- El Paso Bishop Mark Seitz made a somber announcement Sunday, asking for prayers for a beloved priest.

Father Trini Fuentez, rector of St. Patrick Cathedral, has been diagnosed with advanced-stage cancer and is in the hospital. He will soon be transferred to hospice care, Bishop Seitz said.

"He is resting comfortably, surrounded by his family at his bedside," said Seitz during Sunday's Mass from St. Patrick, adding Fuentez is one of 15 children.

"We understand the news regarding Fr. Trini is difficult to hear but we must ask friends and parishioners not to attempt to visit. The hospital remains under Covid restrictions and Fr. Trini is not taking visitors or phone calls. We would like to ask that you bring him to God and do that with your thoughts and your prayers," said Bishop Seitz.

Rev. Fuentez, who previously served at Queen of Peace parish in west El Paso for 18 years, was born in Pecos. He was appointed rector of St. Patrick in 2015 after Fr. Richard Matty died of natural causes.

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  1. Awwww. GOD BLESS FATHER TRINI. Terrible news, terrible disease.
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    My parents were married in the adjacent chapel of St.Patricks in 1957. Still married 63 years later.

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