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11/5/2012 5:12:00 PM
Seminarian dies in car accident
Br. Robin Bernabe, MSpS
Br. Robin Bernabe, MSpS

A 35-year-old seminarian studying for the Missionaries of the Holy Spirit died in a car accident on Nov. 2, All Souls Day.

A rosary and vigil for Brother Robin Bernabe is set for 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 7, at Mount Angel Abbey Church. The funeral is set for 11 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 8, at St. Mary Church in Mount Angel. Archbishop John G. Vlazny will preside.

Oregon State Police say that at 2:30 p.m. on Nov. 2, Brother Robin was driving a 2002 Honda Civic southbound on Highway 214 north of Silverton when an Oregon Department of Transportation truck drove into an intersection.

Brother Robin lost control and his car slid broadside into the northbound lane where it was struck in the passenger side by a northbound SUV driven by 37-year-old Lorinda McKinley of Silverton. Brother Robin was ejected from the car. McKinley was injured, but her life is not threatened.

Brother Robin was born in 1977 in Makati City, Philippines, the oldest son of Antonio and Roberta Bernabe. He joined the Missionaries of the Holy Spirit in 2005, made his novitiate in Long Beach, Calif. and professed his first vows in August 2007. After completing his philosophical studies and his first two years of theology at Mount Angel Seminary, Brother Robin worked last year in vocations ministry and at St. Martha Parish, in Huntington Park, Calif. doing youth ministry. He had just completed his preparation for final vows and was starting his third year of theology.

The Missionaries of the Holy Spirit have a house of studies near Mount Angel Seminary.

Brother Robin is survived by his mother Roberta “Rica” Bernabe, and his brother Juan Miguel Antonio, and many other family members, as well as his brothers in the Missionaries of the Holy Spirit.

"Bother Robin was a quiet, gentle man with a good sense of humor and a joy-filled smile," says a letter from the Missionaries. "To say that he will be missed is a tremendous understatement. This is a hard loss for all of us, but may our faith in Christ give us consolation and strength."





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