by Mary Therese Encina
After serving the Archdiocese of Capiz for 25 years, Most Rev. Msgr. Onesimo Gordoncillo passed away at the age of 78 on the thirteenth day of November, Wednesday, with the proclaimed time of death at 5:25 PM due to a stage four lung cancer.
Msgr. Onie was scheduled to leave for Manila on the first week of November for chemotherapy when he was admitted at St. Anthony College Hospital on October 31. Prior to that, he had gone to Cardinal Santos Memorial Hospital in Manila in September for therapy due to the mass found on his lungs.
The burial mass was held on November 15 at the Carmelite Monastery prior to his interment at the Immaculate Conception Metropolitan Cathedral attended by devotees, students from different schools in Roxas City, relatives, the Capiz clergy and the children close to the late monsignor and who used to attend Summer Catechesis at the Archbishop’s Palace.
“As his vicar, I found on him the quality, the character of being a man of faith and a man of prayer. This was his strength, this was his joy,” Msgr. Vicente F. Hilata P.A, V.G. said in his homily during a mass prior to Msgr. Onie’s interment.
Born Samuel Onesimo Gordoncillo on February 16, 1935 at Jimalalud, Negros Oriental, Msgr. Onie was ordained a priest on March 18, 1961 and was ordained bishop on May 27, 1974. He became the second archbishop of Capiz from June 18, 1986 to November 9, 2011 with his motto, “Veritatem tuam anuntiabo” which means “I will tell you the truth.” Msgr. Onie was also known to have founded the Sancta Maria Mater et Regina Seminarium (SMMRS) in Cagay, Roxas City.