At 2:01 PM (local time), Sunday, July 14, 2013, at the Angeles University Foundation Hospital in Pampanga, the Lord Jesus welcomed unto eternal life, our brother Pauline priest
FR FELINO PEREZ QUITALIG, SSP
69 years of age, 57 years of Pauline life, 47 years of Religious profession and 43 years of Pauline priesthood
Fr. Felino, born on October 16, 1943 in Cutcut, Capas Tarlac, Philippines, entered the Society of Saint Paul on June 29, 1956 in Pasay City. He finished his Bachelor’s Degree in Philosophy at St Paul Seminary Makati and entered the Novitiate on June 29, 1964. He made his first profession of vows on June 30, 1966 taking the religious name Luke. He took his theological studies in Rome where he had his perpetual profession on September 8, 1969. He was ordained deacon on April 5, 1970, and on May 17, 1970, he was ordained a priest in Rome.
In the service of the apostolate and administration, he worked in the composing Department of the Printing Press, from his entry into the congregation (1956) until he went to Rome. When he returned after his ordination, Fr. Luke was fondly called Among, the Kampangan endearing word for Father. Hebecame a formator of the High School seminarians (1970-77), of the Novices (1978-81; 1999). He then became the Regional Superior of the then SSP Philippine Region serving from 1981 to 1986. He then worked as a missionary to the United States (1989- 1992) and Australia (2006). When he returned to the Philippines, he became the Local Superior of the Formation Community of Silang, Cavite (1993-1999) while serving as the Provincial Councilor (1995-1999). He then became the Master of Novices, after which he retired in the Novitiate Community of Pampanga due to complications from hypertension and diabetes.
Around 2009 his health began to deteriorate. His immediate kin took him to their care. His lingering illness worsened, and lately, he was put on dialysis until his demise.
We remember Among Quits , Fr. Felino, as one of our Filipino pioneers— The First Filipino Circumscription Superior, having served as the First Filipino Regional Superior after Fr. Pietro Campus— and a leader when the SSP Philippines-Macau was placing the foundations for a responsive congregation in the Philippine Church. He was always ready to respond to whatever was the call of the moment, in whichever aspect of the Pauline life, even for missions abroad. During the years of his suffering, confreres who visited him were inspired by the courage with which he faced his debilitating condition.
Members of the Pauline Family in the Philippines were gathered for conference on the Spirituality of Primo Maestro when they heard of his demise. We entrust him to the Divine Master who will receive him, his faithful servant into the heavenly banquet.