You are now in what will also be our final destination. I pray for you and also for those who have left before me. I will always be very proud of you because you spread the word of God in a language that could be easily understood and would help and inspire others. May God Bless you Always. I have many fond memories of you.
Father Sardinas married my husband and I at St Francis in Miami Beach when he was very young. I remember him telling me he loved music and we gave him the latest version of George Bensons album as a gift, which he was very grateful for. A wonderful person to see leave us so soon. may you rest in Peace.
I have not recognized a Father/Priest since your presence in my life, nor an entire mass. I used to say it's because I married a Jewish guy from Barry University...The truth is, once we moved to Atlanta, for my future~husband to do a residency, I no longer heard what I needed to hear...or so I felt...I didn't have to hear you to see you or see you to hear you, or either to feel what it was you were allowing to come through you to me and others, through your gifts of openness, unwavering listening, and consistently connecting with all that came to you, as you felt, but were not sure,"When spirits are meant to meet, than I am not one to deny what God has shared with me."
I'm many years away from St. Thomas...I have taught, and I am going back again this year. I looked you up, and I found that you were no longer in what "we" call the human form.
Beyond this form and through many years, as I graduated, when you were p/t at the school and at Our Lady...in 1993...Forgive me for not keeping in touch with you and bidding farewell...
"Everything happens as God has planned." : ) You asked me one day, after a poem(prayer) was published in the Driftwood, what else has I written, did I paint, did I dream and when/if I did these things, WHEN?
I laughed and said yes, to all, that's why I wanted to be an elementary school teacher so that could do all of that through the arts to connect us all. You asked me why I laughed, and I told you noone's ever asked me when I wrote, painted, sang, played piano.
Your reply will stay with me always, as I'm going through a time of "questioning" myself and what it is that I may give and be happy. You told me that when I stopped hiding my gifts, that I could stop fighting what God's intentions were for me, and that it was only my fears that kept me from hiding "who I was".
You were/are right...I'm tired of battling at 41 years old...I am a teacher...who connects with my students as you did myself and countless others. You not only did it through your sermons(writing) and speaking(teaching) but connecting others through the arts...
I never got it...Until I looked for you and saw what others had written...
I am very fortunate to have heard you, and to connect to you...I'm grateful for the gifts I have and I'm not afraid...I have you within, as the Spirit of God is within...There enlies only Trust and Faith, to follow...
Thanks for that chat, sitting in front of the Law Library, as it was then, on a cement bench, with your Birkenstocks and your shorts, sitting Criss-Cross, Applesauce~and I the same toward you...
As we talked about GIFTS and GOD...
May God be with your family~before them as to guide them, behind them as to push them, on either side to keep them moving forward, underneath, as to not allow to fall, and above them, to allow them to reach up and out for God's help and love.
All my devotion,
St. Thomas University, Fall '1993
A Morning Prayer
Guide me in the direction
Of happiness and righteousness.
It won't matter if I'm alone-
I have YOU.
All I need is to wake up
Proud of myself each morning-
Loving myself and loving YOU.
Knowing that I am pleasing You
Makes my life deservingly
Successful and content.
Guide my loyalty
So that the products of my work
Will be everlasting in love.
As I sit here making up the scrapbook for the history of St. Richard Parish that the Archbishop asked us all to do for the 50th Anniversary of the Archdiocese, I started to reflect on you as our Associate Pastor. Your part in our history. The joy and inspiration you brought to us. You truly wanted us to be walking in Jesus' footsteps, and was showing us the way.
I remember sitting in the rectory living room under one of your wonderous paintings filled with a palate of fabulous colors
- giving my confession!
Nor, will I ever forget your homily that included your trip to the beach. What fun and so human.
They say that the good die young. No, God had other plans for you. There is so much work to be done. We have not forgotten you, and I know that you are looking out for all of us. Thanks.. Janice 2008
PLease contact me in regards to Father Jorge Angel Sardinas
For every painting I begin, I can't help but think of you coaching me to not be afraid of expressing myself, and telling me, "you can never use enough paint" to complete your thought. You have left an everlasting impression.
I hear how wonderful this man really is. Though I never meet him, I date his cousin.He is greatly missed and still loved by all.
Father George you was a wonderful man, I enjoyed your Sundays Masses,you brought me throught ruff times,and I got throught it fine.
thank You Father George.
Father George, You will be greatly missed by so many. I thank God my family was allowed to be a small part of your short but powerful life. You are thought of every day. Your Painting hangs with great honor in my house. You were so Loved.
It's been two years since your passing, but you will never be forgotten... Father Sardinas. God bless you always.
Father Sardinas brought our family together and helped us through our roughest times. We were married by Father Sardinas and recall the Homily like it was yesterday. While at the mall, he seen an elderly couple walking in front of him, they were holding hands. They sat on a bench, still holding hands, and kissed each other. He said that this reminded him of us because without a doubt, he knew we would be together for eternity. We are sadden for everyone’s lost, but are joyful for knowing that Father Sardinas will always be watching over us. God be with you.
Jorge and I were in grad school together at UF and I was trying to find his most recent contact info when I came across this. He was a wonderful fellow - very talents, alot of fun and full of life. He will be missed.
So many memories. He had been a friend of our family for years... long before I was born. I remember going to some of his art galleries and being so inspired. If it wasn't for him, I'd probably never know about, let alone want to do, anything of the arts. I'm a musician... and my next album is dedicated to the loving memory of this great man. I know he's watching over his thousands of friends and making sure we are all safe. We love you, Father Jorge!!
How sad to have just learned of Father Jorge's passing. Rarely does a human being posses the gift to touch so many and positively affect our lives. Just days ago I told my wife I was anticipating returning to Miami for Christmas in hopes of hearing/seeing Father Jorge. We carry his memory in our hearts.
An example of what it means to be a great priest. He will surely be a loss to the Miami ArchDiocese and to the world of ART May he rest in peace.
I will miss you father sardinas and I will always remember you.
You will be missed by many and I know I will miss you alot. You were the one who made me smile in great days and also in tough days. You were a great teacher and friend. I will always remember you and never forget what a great person you were. May God keep you in his glory.
Espero que estes viviendo en tu reino
We are so sad to learn of Father Jorge's death. He gave us the understanding of how so many people would travel from afar to listen to Jesus. We learned so much from his homilies and expect that his smile lights up heaven now.
god needed an angel and he took mr.sardinas.People come to this world with a mission i'm sure mr.sardinas touch some lifes and made a difference.
It is so sad to lose someone. May your family have peace. Isaiah 25:8
You are an angel in heaven Father Jorge and I am so very thankful to have met you and listened to your beautiful homilies during your time at Saint Richard's Church. My thoughts and prayers are with your family, friends, and students.
How shocked I was to watch the morning news and hear your name. How saddened I was to realize it was you they were talking about. Ken, Scott and I have so many memories of you and our time together at Saint Helen. The laughter, the dancing, your spiritual strength when my brother died, your friendship and guidance. Over the past few years we drifted away - but Ken so enjoyed your most recent talks. Now you are with God - hopefully watching over your flock of friends and family left behind. You are always in our hearts.
Ken, Teri and Scott Jarry.
Fr. Sardinas was a wonderful human being. He was full of life and passion. He taught his classes with experience,profound knowledge, and great appreciation for the arts. He taught me to see the world through the eye of an artisit and find beauty in eveything around us. He will always be remembered and he is greatly missed!!!! Class just isn't the same anymore!!!!
It is with a very heavy heart to bid farewell to Father Jorge, he will be so deeply missed. father Jorge was my priest for many years at St Helen. He performed my marriage, even attending the reception. He could really cut a rug.
How we will miss his up beat sperit, a truly one of a kind unique person. A great loss to all who knew him.
He has touched many lives, those in which will greatly miss him. May the family and friends gain comfort from the Scriptures he was so well versed in. I know he would want everyone to remember John 17:3 where it says this means everlasting life their taking in knowledge of you the only true God and of the one whom you sent for Jesus Christ. He will not be forgotten.
We have lossed a wonderful priest a great artist and a good firend. I will miss loaning him my vido's
May you rest in the arms of Jesus
Jorge, I will miss you and keep you in my prayers. You will be my new angel of canasta, (we used to play every night in a friend's house with his mother Sara and others... We had fun dancing in my 25th wedding anniversary, i thank you again for having known you and kept your friendship for more than 40 yrs...it has been my priviledge.
You will always be in our hearts.
Thanks for giving so much of yourself. We always looked forward to hearing your sermons at Our Lady of the Lakes, although we never knew when you would be there, we were always pleasantly surprised when we saw you walk down the aisle, with your spikey hair and sandals. Thank you also for giving so much to the Women's Emmaus team. We learned to be better Catholics and to understand scripture because of you. God Bless you Father, we will miss you dearly.
I will miss Father Sardinas as a great priest, great artist, and a wonderful teacher. I took a class with him this summer, and realized the wonderful person he is. He is still alive, in the Chapel of St. Anthony that has his signature everywhere. I will remember his excitement, artistic passionate nature, and his Love for God! May He Rest in Peace...
Fr. Jorge, Thanks for being loud, being honest, being passionate and being so incredibly COOL! What you said always meant so much more because you felt it so passionately, so humanly, and in such a direct and uncensored way. I pray that you are not lonely any more and that you have the angel wings you need to soar where your humanly body did not allow you to go. Watch over us and keep us full of hope and passion for our faith. Everyone who heard your words and experienced your devotion loved you. What an extraordinary gift you have given us. Stay outside the box in heaven and shake things up a bit.
I remember Fr. Sardinas was the first person I met at St. Thomas. Later that day I realized I would be taking an art class with him. He loved art and he loved teaching people about his passion. Which made it that much special.
I remember some mornings I would see him walking his dog on campus. I can never wave to him in the morning as he walked his dog or when he would pass me by the library entrance.
I didn't know him personally but I did know his passion. Which is, I think, what he was all about.
What happened that night happened for a reason, it's not for us to know why. Just to accept and remember him now and forever. His legacy will live on in all the people he touched in his 53 years on this earth!
Fr Sardinas was a wonderful person and will be greatly missed by our community
Father Sardiñas, I didn't have the fortune of knowing you, but for what I have read about you I just can thank God for sending angels like you to the Earth. Well, now you are in Heaven. Rest in peace and God bless you forever and ever.
No words can express the emptiness you have left in our hearts. I will always remember your classes and masses, and whenever I look at that drawing I thought I couldn’t do but I finally did with your help, I will remember you and will know that as time passes by I will be a little closer to see you again.
Father,one of the last things I said to you was that when I got married, I was to fly you where ever the wedding was going to be...you will be missed. You showed me how art can let your soul be free. I am a better artist because of you. Rest in Peace
You have truly touched the lives of each and every member of our school and parish family. We are so very greatful for the time we had with you.
You will be forever in our hearts,
Samantha and Amanda Alvarez
You were the best person I have ever known. I want you to know that im makeing a documentary about you and your lifes work. I will continue to share your work with them all.I will never forget you.
your New York Italian Buddy.
My Fr Jorge rest in the peace of Christ forever. I am so sorry to hear of the tragic accident.
Fr Jorge was a joyful, peaceful presence at the parish and university when he studied in Gainesville. My sincere condolences to his family.
This is a very painfull moment for me, I just moved out from Miami last Tuesday and I had the privilege of been on his last mass at Our Lady of the Lakes last Sunday, he's still alive for me in my heart for ever.
We will miss Father, his sense of humor and great talent which drew so many towards him. Condolences
Mr. & Mrs. Peter Powers and Family
He was an excellent priest, full of life, joy, and inspiration. May God bless Father Jorge and keep him in His care.
Dear Father Sardiñas, Jorge,
I attended many of your services while I was living in Miami. I always tried to never miss any of your masses. Even though I spoke with you only few times, those were enough to make me appreciate your unique and great personality as a priest and as an artist. I tell you, I will always have you present in my memory. Only God could have done such a great work through you, and only God could have called you in such a rush. I know God always blessed you George, but I still want to say -as a farewell: "God bless you George and thank you for your friendship and availability always"
Fr. Jorge, you leave a hole in our hearts and in our parish. Even though we know you are in heaven and we are glad for that, we miss you. We will miss your honest way of sharing with us and your homilies that spoke of committment to God and living our faith in daily life. We ask you to pray for us at Our Lady of the Lakes and for all in the Christian community.
You were a joy to have at St. Richard Parish when you were assigned there. Our St. Richard Council of Catholic Women were looking forward to our planned visit with you at St. Thomas this coming March to see the chapel that you designed and to have lunch with you! You left so many happy memories with all. May you enjoy paradise, and may your blessings reach down to us below. All your talents will be missed. You were so blessed by God. Sincerely, Phyllis E. Casey , President of St. Richard Council of Catholic Women
Words can not express the feeling of sadness and disbelief I felt upon hearing of this tragedy. Father Sardiñas's kind, cheerful and loving aura will always remain. I will really miss him. May he rest in peace and always live in our prayers and thoughts.
Whenever I would see you on campus, I knew this would be a finer day. Crossing paths with you is as touching pieces of the sky, for you’re as a ray of sunshine that shine brightly, warming hearts and radiating good vibrations. In our passing were smiles, kind words, or amusing comments. You are an absolute delight, a caring spirit that took the time to make another happy, and a presence that made the world a better place.
Your compassion and example to take one day at a time and enjoy life’s beauty reaffirms to all of us the cause for rejoicing and being glad. (Ps 32:11).
You will be greatly missed.
Dear Father George,
What a shock it was to read about your death. I never knew you well but was a parishioner at St. Augustine's while you were there 20 years ago. I'll never forget one time I ran into you while you were walking your dog at that time at the Univ. of Miami. I was taking a walk, so we sat down and had a nice long chat on the baseball field. I was glad to hear you found your happiness in life in completing your art studies, and becoming a professor. Your artistic design for the chapel at St. Anthony's will be an indelible legacy. I hope our paths will cross again while we are out walking again in eternity.
Fr. Sardinas your smile and presence will truely be missed. Not only in the church but at St. Thomas where you made education an experience never to be forgotten. May your spirit soar with the angels.
You will be deeply missed by everyone.For me, I never had a class with you, up until now during the summer.I am honored to have taken your class. Not only you taught the subject, you made it alive with passion and beauty in it. You will be an inspiration to not only me but everyone who knew you. Also, you reminded me of a spanish Robin Williams. You will be in my heart and prayers forever.
Father Sardinas was a rare priest. He made the sermons light-hearted and applicable to daily life. It was a joy to be in his presence. May he rest in peace.
Father Jorge married my wife and I some 17 years ago when he was at Saint Helens. I know everyone will miss him as we missed him when he left to teach. That seemed to be his main calling I think..
I'm very sad that our father Sardina will not longer be with us, but as he was so positive in his life, I know deep in my heart that he will enjoying the rest of his eternal live with God. Father Sardina has been the best priest that I have run into for the last 46 years as far as a great communicator to spread the word of catholisim. He put it in plain terms and how life really is. I'm happy and fell proud to have had the opportunity to have share his sermons. He made a big difference in me and in my family.
you were one in a million, the est priest at Our Lady of the Lakes...may the angels lead you home
It was with deep sorrow that I first saw about the tragic loss of FR. Sardinas. My husband Charlie and I spent 19 years at Our Lady of the Lakes, and Charlie loved the homilies of both FR Sardinas & FR Murphy. FR Sardinas always had a moment to spend with us and all the parishiners who clamored to see him after Mass. We fully intended to continue to visit often, but Charlie became seriously ill a few months after we moved to Pembroke Pines. May Father Sardinas rest in peace. He will be deeply missed by all. With Love in Christ, Jean & Charles Hayek
Dear Father Sardiñas,
I will miss you VERY much you were the BEST priest ever and i will always remember you as that! I always remember you saying that the Palmetto was the Pulgatory and i'll never forget that!! You not only inspired people by your beautiful words but by your beautiful art!! I will NEVER forget you!! I MISS YOU ALWAYS!! The church will be sad without your good jokes we will all miss that!! YOU ARE THE BEST!!!!!
Father, May God have you standing next to him. You will be missed very much.eventhough, I hardly spoke to you; but,I allways listened to what you had to say in church. I will never forget the joke about the purgatory.
Your friend forever.
Jose A. Barroso
To the Memory of Fr. Sardinas, a great priest and wonderful person:
Through his extraordinary sense of humor and character, he projected in his sermons his love for art and life. He was able to confort and talk about faith in simple words, without losing perspective of the reality of life.
Our family will really miss him always. We pray for his eternal peace in the presence of God.
Our most sincere condolences to the Sardina family.
Jorge E. Garcia and family.
Rev. Sardinas will be missed very much. Even though I am now in the midwest I want to send my condolences to all those who were close to him and those that are at STU. God Bless him and STU
Thanks so much for the beautiful wedding you performed for us on December 30th, 1995 at St. Richards Catholic Church in Miami, Florida. December is a celebration of birth, a years ending, and a new beginning. We have been trying to have a child since our wedding and finally Deysi is pregnant. We are blessed. I have written the following poem for you and those morning your loss.
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“In love our spirits are one”
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Your parting has created emptiness and sorrow,
With love can be seen tomorrow,
Our life, only to borrow.
His creation here on earth,
A beginning, his love at birth,
In fellowship is measured our worth.
When the day is finished and done,
In sacrifice he gave his son,
Through death he has risen and won.
The journey has only begun,
A beginning an end, an end to none,
In love our spirits are one.
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Dear Rev. Sardinias,
You will be missed terribly by all those fortunate enough to have been touched by your gentle joy, your loving heart, and your incredible inspiration, not only as a priest, but also as a friend.
I would first like to say "step away from the painting", as were your last words to me on the morning of your departure. That semester I took art with you was one of the best points in my life. You inspired me more than you could ever imagine. The inner solace I walked away with has been the thing that has helped me through many tough times in my life. You unleashed a part of me that I will forever be grateful for, and I thank you with all my heart and soul.
I would also like to say that I hope your journey to the outer world was a good one, I am sure it is beautiful there. May you find peace and comfort within your soul the way you did here.
I am certain that in the passing time until your next given task you will paint us a lot of butterflies and sunsets. For there is no way the love that so powerfully radiates from your soul could just disappear like that.
Take care for now; I look forward to meeting up again.
Your forever friend,
Brenda Hixson(St.Thomas University)
Rest in peace father, rest in peace.
Father Jorge Sardinas,
Perhaps I was your student in two occaccions, most recently as last semester, I still have to pick the frames you grade, I still remember how you always made the class so cool to be in, and I never forget not only the quality of your class, but the quality of your heart, you taugh me many lessons,but there is one lesson that always be there.All humans deserve a second chance. You'll always be miss, thank you and may God have you with him to decorate or pain the walls of heaven.
You will be greatly missed. Your words were always a comfort and your sermons at mass came across in a way that I could feel it, understand it and apply it. I wish you didn't have to go....you were a scource of strength to our community and will be missed.May you rest in peace and rejoice for all eternity in heaven in the prescence of our father.
The ST. THOMAS community is very small so it is easy to share griefs and joys. Thank you for being passionate about art, being a part of our small family, and not expecting anything in return. You are truly selfless.
Royce Brent Bishop, 3L, class of 2005
Father Sardinas, I was crushed to hear of the horrible tragiedy. I knew you from St. Richards, with Julie and Jan I sang with them. I'm now away from home and wish i could attend the services but I'm glad you are watching over your people, we love you. I love you. ~mayra kucera
I will always remember you by your down-to-earth style of preaching the good news. And your picture you kept in your wallet of your dog, after showing you my kids pictures in mine. I will see you in heaven, thanks to your part in converting me to Catholicism. I look forward to continuing my gift of art through your vision. My prayers and heart go out to your family, friends, students,and parishioners...you are SO missed.
My sincere & heartfelt condolences to Father Sardinas' family. I am so sad at hearing the news, I knew Father Sardinas from St. Richard's and my family & I have wonderful memories of him. My prayers & thoughts are with everyone there in Florida.
No need to introduce myself to you. Thank you for your friendship that neither time nor space can seperate. As you continue your journey, I only hope we come into contact with one another and recognize it as such. You are missed by many, including me.
May he rest in peace a beloveded priest, professor, and friend. He will be missed. My favorite memory of him, was being in his painting class where I got to see where his spirit really shined. The passion that he had for art drifted into my heart, and I give my all to him and his family that mourns for him. rest in peace Father Sardinas.
We are still reeling from the shock of your early departure, but you are in heaven, so please pray for us.
My sympathy goes to all your family members, specially Sarah Saborido, who was one of my students last year.
Rev. Fr. Sardinas was a great asset to the University for his artistic, cultural and educational contributions. He will always be remembered becuase his
bequethal to us remains in the beauty of his Chapel of St. Anthony.
As a former student of Father Sardiñas it saddened my heart to learn of his sudden passing. I took him for a humanities course and it was the best experience of my life. He knew so much about art and life and opened my eyes to culture. Whenever he saw me he inquired about my future and how I was doing. My thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends at this sad time. He truly was a legacy that is not forgetten and he will live on in our hearts.
I remember you from St. Richard Parish back after Hurricane Andrew. My children were at such an impressionable age then and LOVED to hear your homilies. Your words were so down to earth, just like you! Our condolences to your family, thanks for all the good you did for so many. Now "Little Jesus" is with his maker. God Bless you and hold you in the palm of his hand!
Dear Father Sardinas I was really shocked when my mom told me you passing away will really miss you you gave the best sermons you where a great priest and very good friend i will never forget your homilies they where the best I will never forget you, Isabel Garcia (lazos de amistad)
As an aspiring artist and a member of the Our Lady of the Lakes community, I am deeply saddened by the loss of one of the most inspirational people I have ever met. The passion he shared for both art and his faith touched me closer than I had ever been touched before. His sermons were always the highlights of my Sundays and I was able to connect with his open mind and his wonderful sense of humor.
Now, just starting my academic life at the University of Miami, his words, his passion, his faith and his very being continue to inspire and push me forward in my art and in my faith.
Father, your life has made all the difference in the lives of so many others, and you will live on forever in our hearts.
Dear Fr. Jorge,
You have been such an important part of our family's life since you arrived on the scene at St. Richard Catholic Church. You buried my brother, married my sister and her husband, but most importantly, officiated at my precious Jackie's Christening. We missed you when you left to work at St. Thomas University, but knew you were doing what you loved. I hope that you will paint heaven with the same wonderful presence you had here on earth. We will always consider you one of our "Angel"s!
I will remember you as a great artist and a real person, one who could laugh and share the moment, so human. I will keep you in my heart, please keep me in yours until, hopefully, I will see you again.
Our heartfelt condolences go out to Father Sardinas' family and to all whom he touched. He was taken from us way too soon. His passing leaves a tremendous void in all our lives. We will always remember his stories and will miss him dearly.
May he rest in peace,
Jorge, will be sorly missed, he is such a man of many talents, wit, humour,
Such a wonderful man, just the day prior to his passing, I had the pleasure of chatting with him in the hallway. A very fond memory that will be with me all the days of my life.
Dear Fr. Sardiñas:
I met you when I started working at St. Thomas University. I always had a great respect and admiration for you because you were a great professor, wonderful artist, and especially a great person and priest.
I remember all your work and dedication during the construction of the St. Anthony Chapel at St. Thomas University. Every day when I come in to work I see you reflected on that Chapel. Everything inside the Chapel reminds me about you.
I remember that one day I received an e-mail from Ariel Gil, a former employee of St. Thomas University with an invitation to have dinner with Fr. Sardiñas to honor him for the wonderful work he did for the St. Anthony Chapel and to give him a plaque. Of course, I went to La Carreta Restaurant in Hialeah and had dinner with him and a group of people from St. Thomas. We had a wonderful time. He made us laugh and enjoy the evening with his jokes and his company. He said something that night that I will never forget:
"My dream is to go back to Cuba with freedom and democracy and have a little house in Batabano Beach."
Batabano Beach is located on the South of Havana, Cuba.
I will always remember you, Fr. Sardiñas and you will be in my prayers and my heart.
Paula Flor (Hialeah, Florida)
Father Jorge: You were an "Angel" to our Family. I have known you for almost 30 years and spent many happy times with you. You married a few of our family members and baptized most of our children. You helped us bury family members and grieved along with us. You will be deeply missed. We love you. May God bless you and take care of you forever. Terry Deegan-de Caso
Father Jorge was a wonderful addition to our family at St Richard's in Miami. He will always have a special place in my heart.
I was his art student in 98' I still remember the when he told me..."Your an artist, don't you ever let go of that talent". Those words stuck in in my head ever since and have influenced me so much in my career. I wouldnt be doing what Im doing now if it wasn't for those words of guidance.
Father Sardinas, I first knew of you about 10 yrs ago when you started at St. Richards Parish, from the first time I heard your homily I always would call to see at what time you were saying mass. You brought me back to the church and correlated it with the world today. You had the gift on how to relate to the young and the teens your masses were the best. Also I am very blessed that you did the mass for my grandmothers funeral 8 yrs ago.You made that easier for me to accept and understand and become at peace although at times its still hard. When my mom called me today to tell me of your passing I was in disbelief and shock, felt like I was in a dream. I couldn't believe that such an awesome, loving, caring man of god would be called upon so soon. I always said the day I get married I would want you to be the father that married me, but that time in my life had not come yet. You were the best thing that happened to the St. Richards Parish and I will keep you and your family in my thoughts and prayers and close to my heart. Also how people say that you remind us of the images of Jesus Christ, yes I had always described you like that because with your long hair and that loving and caring smile you do. May God Bless You and keep you right beside him. With love to the Greatest Priest Father Jorge A. Sardinas.
I attended Mass at Our Lady of the Lakes on several occasions. In his homilies, Father Sardinas always related the Gospel to modern-day life. He was always friendly and gave a warm welcome to those who attended Mass. He will be missed very much. I am sure he is now in Heaven with Jesus, watching over us and praying for us.
Father Jorge Sardinas touched many lives during his years as cleric and as professor. From his sermons at Our Lady of the Lakes church to his classroom at St. Thomas University, countless lives were touched and transformed by Fr. Sardinas. I find myself blessed to have been amongst those who Fr. Sardinas inspired. He will surely be missed by parishioners, like myself, who admired his awe inspiring words which were colored by that intricate humor that became his trademark. His art flowed from the classroom to the altar with such ease and assurance that you knew the man was genuine. He no doubt rests tonight in a much better place. May God have mercy on this faithful servant.
You will always be remembered, I had the pleasure of knowing the extraordinary person, professor, and priest you were. You made a difference in the lives of those who knew you. You made many people smile and you encouraged many to "look forward, and never look back". Those words will always be kept in my heart and memories. You left us behind, but you will always be considered our hero.
I was shocked when I heard the news, but I can only say that you will always be in our hearts father.
I will never forget your wisdom, carisma, and your passion for the arts.....You were a great inspiration in my life and I will be forever grateful. peace be with you .You were always there for us.....
God bless you...
Even though we have not seen each other in quite a long time you will be greatly missed. We love you very much. You are in our hearts and prayers.
Horacio, Gloria, Natalia y Zef
God blessed our family with the honour of having met you, Father. We can still remember your homilies at Our Lady of the Lakes Church. Today, when we learned about you earlier departure, we felt immense sorrow and sadness. We hope one day we will have again the privilege of meeting you, wherever you are now.
Oime, Padre George:
How you will be missed here at St. Thomas University,
and how you will live through each of us you touched,
and how some will remember your leading us through St. Peter's Jubilee Year Doors and later following San Francesco's steps within and outside Assisi and later still along the gallery halls of the Uffizi and Guggenheim and blessed our pilgrimage sharing with you in the Eucharist,
and how every Art Gallery opening inspired us,
and how you served hundreds of students as guide nurturing their talents and their seeds of faith,
how you wrenched keystone blocks from South Dade quarries and designed the sacred sculptures at our St. Anthony's,
how yesterday you shared your thoughts on the sermon for Dani's upcoming wedding...
Oime Padre, how you will be missed!
Yet with what joy we now treasure your joining your mother and father and so many friends in God's eternity.
Dear Father Sardinas
I was stunned with grief to learn of your untimely passing. When you were at St Richard's I made a point of attending the Mass at which you officiated. Your homilies were an inspiration. When you left the Parish was at a great loss. You were missed by all. You accomplished some wonderful things. Now you are with God. May he Bless you and keep you in Peace with Him.
Please pray for us as we will pray for you.
I was fortunate to have Father Sardinas as a profesor for a Bible Literature course. I knew him as an awesome spiritual person and always willing and able to listen to a students needs. He was an angel and May God Bless him.
Thank you Father Sardinas for your words of God. And may God enjoy your special way with words as i have. God bless you, and may your journey now be everything your faith has promissed you.
I still remember the first time I saw Fr. Sardinas, on my first day as a freshman at St. Thomas University...it was a bit of a mystical and magical moment. As he walked down the hall I noticed this man with long brown, wavy hair and a beard, wearing all black and sandals. I stopped and stared for a brief moment as my heart palpitated. For a minute, I thought I was face to face with Jesus. He always reminded me of Jesus or at least the images of Him we've known of for so long. Till this day I have a photograph of Fr. Sardinas in the white cloak he wore for masses and every time I see it I am mesmerized. I am glad to have had him as an art professor during my time at St. Thomas. His smile, charisma, good heart, faith and vision will always remain with all those who knew him. To His Family -My prayers are with you all. May your faith grow deeper as you continue to seek the Lord for the strength to overcome the loss. To All Who Knew Him - Though his death was very untimely, the Jesus (image and faithful servant) of our time, or my time, will now rest at the side of his Maker. May the Lord be with you all.
Jorge Sardinas has been a part of our family for the past 20 years. He married us, baptized our children and godchildren, renewed our parents' vows at their 50th wedding anniversary, and helped us bury parents and dear friends. It is unimaginable that he is gone. As I write this, an oil painting of the Christ Jorge gave us years ago hangs in front of me. We will treasure this and other mementos from the good times with our friend, as we treasured him.
i was fortunate enough to here farther sardinas's homilies, the best homilies i have ever heard. He touched me my pop and the rest of my family, an when i heard of his passing it touched me even more. If you did not recognized today was a very glommy day but knowing a great man is in the safest place you can be, the love and peace of god is even more assuring. may he rest in peace.
You will always be in our hearts father.
I will never forget your wisdom, carisma, and your passion for the arts.....I even tried to learn how to paint myself.......
You were always there for us.....
God bless you...
Padre Jorge: your presence in our lives will be greatly missed but you did leave us with your sense of beauty, color and spirituality and we thank you for it.
Father Sardinas, though I did not have the privilege of sitting in one of his classes, never hesitated to extend a friendly hello or a good piece of advice to me. I too was shocked and saddened by the news that we had lost this wonderful and inspirational man...yet I suppose we should not be surprised. God does, after all, give us His best and then take them to His side when He has need of them. Father Sardinas, I know you look down upon us now, as you paint your most magnificent work in Heaven at the Lord's side. Rest in peace, Father.
Fr. Jorge Sardinas will be sorely missed by the many students he inspired to great art, by the staff with whom he worked so gently, and by his teaching colleagues who looked to him for wisdom. Of course any time would have been too soon for someone as special as Jorge. There are simply not enough people like him in this world. If you were fortunate enough to have known Fr. Jorge, blessed to be considered his friend, you know what I mean. Fr. Jorge was someone who makes your days brighter, challenges you to be creative, inspires you to perform your very best and is simply a pleasure to be around – that’s how so many of us felt about Fr. Jorge. It was certainly a privilege to work with such a human being. He touched the lives of countless students. Fr. Jorge was one of the most intelligent, gentle, trustworthy, principled and dedicated person I’ve ever known. He was fun to be around, had a great sense of humor, an infectious laugh, and a cheery voice that I miss hearing so very much.
Fr. Jorge Sardinas’s spirit will forever remain in our hearts and souls of those that loved him. In tribute to Fr Jorge, I hope you’re encouraged to share your spirit with friends and colleagues. Whenever I’m walking my dogs, whenever I see a beautiful dachshund, Fr. Jorge will be an easy man to remember and it will always bring a smile to my face. I appreciate the gift of perspective that such a tragic loss always brings.
Director of Marketing & Communications
St. Thomas University
St. Thomas University School of Law
Dear Father Sardiñas – It is hard to accept that you are no longer among us. Art openings and mass will not be the same without you. You were a great mentor and artist. I’ll miss you.
What a tremendous loss for the STU community. Fr. Sardinas was always so sweet and friendly I regret that I did not know him better. I came onto campus for the first time at night last week and saw those magnificent stained glass windows shining in the darkness, they reminded me of him. I immediately thought to myself just how much more beautiful those windows are in the darkness. And now in the darkness of our loss, I am learning just how much more of a beautiful person he was from all those who knew him so well.
Psa 39:7 And now, Lord, what wait I for? my hope [is] in thee.
"Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him and he will direct your path." Prov. 3:5-6
I am stunned and shocked. Jorge was an example of what it mean to be alive to the world around him, and so he could see and know his God.
Jorge, may the angels lead you into paradise. May you be welcomed by those who loved the Lord and his people, as you have done.
We were sad when Fr. Sardinas left St. Richard's. But we were comforted knowing that he was doing what he loved. Now the world is void of this wonderful person. God Bless you Father! We will miss you.
I am extremely saddened by your sudden departure from this world. I am very happy I had the opportunity to work with you. Even though it was brief,you had a tremendous impact on me. You were an angel sent to all of us here at St. Thomas University. You will forever have a special place in my heart. May your beautiful soul rest in eternal peace.
We will truly miss Fr.Sardinas. He was a friend and advisor to me and the Latino Officers Association Florida rest in peace.
Its a sad day here on earth. But heaven is a little nicer now that Fr. Sardinas has arrived. Thank you FR Sardinas for your help in baptizing my little ones. Although it has been 10years. I haven't forgotten you. I was the one that said you look like Jesus with your long hair and wearing your sandles.
Words can't express the deep sorrow that our hearts feel. We have lost a great human being. More than a priest, he was a friend. His words touched our hearts and his smile while always be in our minds. Now, we must pray for his prompt unity with God. We will miss you!
Aunque hemos perdido un apoyo espiritual para nuestra comunidad, el Padre Sardinas nos ha dejado un legado de enseñanzas y asi mismo mediante su arte una compilacion de la manifestacion viva de Dios mediante su actividad como docente y sacerdote. Permanecera en nuestro pensamiento por siempre...
Dear Father Jorge -
My heart has sadden to hear of your passing. You were my catechism teacher at St. Francis during my teenage years in the 1980s. You touched my life in ways you never knew. Thank you for being you and showing me how to be a better me. You will be forever loved and greatly missed. My God have you in his glory always.
Father Jorge: We were shocked and saddened this morning when we heard about your tragic accident. A few years ago you gave sermons at St. Richards in Miami - We loved you! Your talents as an artist and a priest will be greatly missed. May God grant you eternal peace in Heaven.
We will very much miss you. God bless you Father.
Father Sardinas, I cannot believe and accept the fact that you are gone. You were one of the best people I knew. Charisma, wisdom, passion, and humor were few of many amazing attributes you possessed. You will be in my heart and prayers.
Father Sardinas married me and my husband 21 years ago at St Augustine church in Coral Gables. We always had a a special place for him in our hearts. He will be greatly missed.
Father George was a profound man of God. His paintings show a search for the holy, and his awe for the human person as image of God (Ps.8).As well as clay and afflicted by the original wound.
As an artist he deepened his call to priesthood. As a priest he marvelled at beauty as a trascendental and as such a presence of God.
His preaching reflected a very personal understanding of Scripture and a wisdom of life for the present.
I personnally delighted in his humor
and this showed how much he really cared to be in south Florida.
I will never forget his homily for his mother funeral at St. Augustin:
a celebration of life as a grace from the faith in the risen Lord. This homily would be the best indicator how he would want his own funeral.
What a gift for us that he finished St. Anthony Church which reflects so well the level he had reached. He so graciously called his Michaellangel moment.
+Felipe de Jesus Estevez
Auxiliary Bishop of Miami
I blest enough to know Fr. Sardinas during my time as a student at St. Thomas University. His smile, character, and talents will be greatly missed. He was a blessing here on earth, and he now he is one in heaven now, as well.
The beloved friend Jorge leaves behind a devoted group of friends who was constantly inspired and encouraged by his spirit, courage, and positive presence. He will be remembered forever with so much love.
Father Jorge was a great friend, I miss him.
This news comes as a shock to me and many students who have had Fr. Sardinas as a professor. Although his passion for art was at times overwhelming he always helped you appreciate the art behind what is seen by the human eye. He will be missed and I'd like to send my condolenses to his family, The Students and Staff at St. Thomas University and all who cared for him. RIP father.
With his witt and cleverness, Father Jorge captivated my soul and guided me down Jesus path at the time I most needed it. May his soul rest in peace.
Para mi primo Jorge,
Un gran ser humano, un buen hijo y hermano. Se que ahora estaras junto a tu mama Sara Maria y junto a tu padre Alfredo. No te olvidaremos y oraremos porque tu alma descanse en paz. Muchas fueron tus obras buenas en este mundo y es por eso que viviras eternamente en muchos hogares.
Tu prima que te quiere,
Maria del Carmen
Que en paz descanse, y que Dios lo tenga en su Gloria. Yo pertenezco a Our Lady of the Lake
I am a Miami Lakes Resident and I attend the mass in Our Lady of the Lakes. Father Sardinas knew how to explain the passages of the Bible and how to keep the people really interested.
We will miss him, but we know that GOD was waiting for him.
We will always remember your kindness and support of the Matrimonios en Victoria ministry.
Your sermons at St Augustine, your candor and zest for life will be missed. May Father Sardinas rest in peace,
Although I moved from Hialeah to South Dade 9 months ago, I continued driving to Miami Lakes for the 9:30 am Sunday mass. Father Sardinas made it worth the drive. He will be GREATLY missed.
As a Christian, we pray that Father's Soul is in heaven with the Almighty GOD. I didn't know him, but I will pray for his family.
Keep the peace.
Father? I'm so shocked and sad because you left us. I will always remember your teachings and how you always welcomed me and introduced me to your art students when I dropped by. As a matter of fact, I was going to drop by the art exhibition this 23rd, but...
You will forever live in our hearts Father Sardinas. I promise you forever love and admiration. Much strength to your family and to the ST. Thomas University family. We love you.
Had the pleasure of knowing Fr. Sardinas when he was at St. Richards. Rest in peace and we will miss you.
May God keep you very close
Thank you for your life, your art, your words -
I knew of Fr. Sardinas by way of a parishioner at our Lady of the Lakes. This parishioner has always spoken highly of Fr. Sardinas saying how Fr. Sardinas brought the gospel down to everyday living.
On this memorial of Our Lady of Sorrows may Mary our mother, pray for his repose and his family's consolation.
Fr. Jorge Sardinas was a great artist and a great priest! As I sit here and write this entry I see a humming bird outside my window and I reminded of how Fr. Jorge brought beauty and art to those he encountered! Peace be with him! I am prayig for his family and friends.
Father Jorge - you touched so many lives in such a special way. You will be greatly missed by all here on earth, but we know that you are in a much better place now. May your wonderful soul always rest in peace. God Bless you! Love Gina & Ramiro
Dear Father Sardinas,
I was deeply saddened to learn of your untimely death. Though I usually go to mass at another parish, I was blessed to hear you preach on occassions. Your presence and sense of humor will be sorely missed by all those who knew you. Though you were with us briefly, your soul was too beautiful for this earth! You touched my heart and I am sure you will continue to pray for us in Heaven. Rest in Peace!