|Fr Luis Gutierrez was the main celebrant at the Mass at Laventille Devotions on July 12, 2009.
Fr Luis Gutierrez, 52, a member of the Opus Dei Prelature in Trinidad for many years, died February 27 in his homeland of Venezuela.
He had been battling cancer of the lymph, said Fr Mark Georges, who informed the Catholic News of his death via email.
“He was undergoing a procedure to transplant bone marrow and developed an infection that the doctors were not able to contain. He was surrounded by loved ones and accompanied by our prayers. We can feel sure that he is in heaven as he was a good and faithful priest to the end.”
Luis Gutierrez was born on December 23, 1961. He joined Opus Dei as a student while studying Electrical Engineering in Caracas. He moved to Trinidad in February 1986 to help with the formation activities at Briar House. He also worked part time in the Language Department at the University of the West Indies. He was the director at Briar House from September 1992 to May 1997. During that time he obtained his Trinidad and Tobago citizenship.
In August 1999, the Prelate of Opus Dei asked him to come to Rome to pursue advanced studies in Theology. He was ordained on September 1, 2002 and assigned to Trinidad in 2003 to continue to support the apostolic activities here.
He exercised his priestly ministry between Trinidad and Venezuela until the illness appeared two years ago.
Fr Gutierrez was deeply devoted to Mary and frequently attended Marian Devotions at Laventille to hear confession and concelebrate the Mass.
A Mass for the repose of his soul was celebrated at North Hall on February 28. A Mass was also celebrated that day at the Church of the Holy Family of Nazareth, Caracas. Later that day his body was carried to Maracaibo, the city of his birth. An all-night vigil was held and after two more Masses, he was buried in his hometown on March 1.
The Catholic News extends condolences to the family of Fr Gutierrez and the Opus Dei Prelature in Trinidad. May he rest in peace.