We are saddened to learn of the passing of Fr. John Britto, ORC, who spent time at Assumption Grotto around 2009. He was a member of the Order of Canons Regular of the Holy Cross, whose members worked closely with Assumption Grotto while in Michigan for Opus Angelorum.
Fr. John Britto died by accidental drowning while in Sao Pao, Brazil, as explained by one of his brother priests. There is also this article from India Matters:
Sao Paulo(Brazil): Fr. John Britto belonging to the Order of the Canons Regular of the Holy Cross (ORC) died in Sao Paulo, Brazil on December 28. He was 38.
Fr.John Britto was on a picnic with priests and seminarians at a lake in Sao Paulo when he slipped and drowned.
Fr.John originally hails from Neerkad,Kottayam district of Kerala, southern India. He was ordained in 2007 and had joined the Brazilian mission just three months ago.
Arrangements are being made to repatriate his body to Kerala.The funeral will be held at the congregation’s house, Mar Thoma Bhavan in Kalamassery. More details of the funeral are awaited.
If there is any new information, it will be passed along.
Please pray for the repose of Fr. John Britto, ORC, and for his family, and religious brothers and sisters in mourning. Here is Psalm 130, also referred to as, “De Profundis”
Out of the depths I cry to You, O Lord;
Lord, hear my voice!
Let Your ears be attentive
to my voice in supplication:
If You, O Lord, mark iniquities,
Lord, who can stand?
But with You is forgiveness,
that You may be revered.
I trust in the Lord;
my soul trusts in His word.
My soul waits for the Lord
more than sentinels wait for the dawn.
More than sentinels wait for the dawn,
let Israel wait for the Lord.
For with the Lord is kindness,
and with Him is plenteous redemption;
And He will redeem Israel
from all their iniquities.