Reverend Alfred Villanueva entered into Eternal Life on Saturday, January 5, 2013. He was born to Frank and Beatrice Villanueva Sr. on April 2, 1956 in Alpine, TX and attended Centennial Elementary and Junior High, graduating from Alpine High School in 1974. He was attending Sul Ross University when decided to venture into the business world becoming the owner of 2 successful food stores, Hill Market and Best Buy Market, and received the Youngest Merchant in Town Award at age of 19. In 1987 he sold his stores and pursued a new vocation attending the St. Charles Minor Seminary in 1988 and graduated in 1992 from the University of Texas at El Paso with Major in Philosophy and a Minor in Psychology. He received a Masters in Divinity from the Mundelein Major Seminary in Chicago, IL in 1996 and was ordained a Deacon in 1995 at Our Lady of the Lake Chapel. On July 6, 1996 he was ordained a priest at Saint Patrick Cathedral in El Paso where he was assigned as Parochial Vicar from 1996-1998. Other assignments include Parochial Vicar 1998-99 at Cristo Rey Parish, Parochial Vicar at Our Lady of Fatima in Van Horn in 1999-2000 and its Administrator from 2000-2003, Administrator of Our Lady of the Light in El Paso 2003-2008. Since 2008, even though he was on Medical Leave he continued to serve in his ministry. He is preceded in death by his parents, Frank Sr. and Beatrice Villanueva, sisters--Yolanda Villanueva, Corina Ochoa. He is survived by sisters --Dolores Villanueva and Kathy Villanueva of El Paso, TX and brothers Frank Jr. of El Paso, TX and Danny of Alpine, TX, and cousin Msgr. David Fierro, 4 nephews, 6 nieces and several beloved uncles and aunts. Visitation will be from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm on Tuesday, January 8, 2013 at Hillcrest Funeral Home-Carolina. Vigil Service will held at Saint Patrick Cathedral on Tuesday, January 8, at 7:00 pm. Mass of the Resurrection presided by Bishop Armando Ochoa and priests of the El Paso Diocese on Wednesday, January 9, at 11:00 am. Rite of Committal will follow at Mount Carmel Catholic Cemetery. Services under the direction of Hillcrest Funeral Home. 598-3332
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Published in El Paso Times from Jan. 7 to Jan. 14, 2013