May 29, 2016
Beloved priest, counselor, friend and family member Fr. Edward Marroquin Bernal, 66, passed to his heavenly celebration on May 29, 2016. He was preceded in death by his parents Ernesto M. Bernal and Herlinda Marroquín Bernal, and one niece. Fr. Eddie is survived by his brother, Dr. Ernesto M. Bernal, sister-in-law, Dr. Carmen Tafolla, three nieces, Ann Richter, Mari Tafolla Bernal, and Ariana Tafolla Bernal, two nephews, Sean Hazuda and Israel Tafolla Bernal, several godchildren, 40 first cousins, many friends and extended family members, and his beloved dog, Snow.
He attended St. Ann's Catholic School, St. Paul's Catholic School, Holy Cross High School, Jefferson High School, St. Mary's University, and the Oblate School of Theology. He worked as a Family Counselor with Catholic Charities until he entered the seminary, and was ordained in 1987. Always involved citywide in pastoral, theological, ecumenical, social justice, and humanitarian efforts, he served as Pastor of St. Matthew's Catholic Church, St. John Berchmans Catholic Church, St. Leo's Catholic Church, and St. Benedict's Catholic Church, where he served for the last 13 years of his life. Fr. Eddie received many awards including The Unity of Humanity Award from the MLK Interfaith Committee, and numerous Distinguished Achievement Awards from many community organizations.
Fr. Eddie cared deeply about many communities, and treated all with great care respect, and beautiful humor. He always stood in defense of the poor and the disempowered, the vulnerable, the judged and the excluded.
Parish Rosary will be recited Thursday, June 2nd at 7:00pm at St. Benedict's Catholic Church, 4535 Lord Rd.
Rosary will be recited Friday, June 3rd at 7:00pm at St. John Berchmans Catholic Church, 1147 Cupples Rd.
Prelude and Funeral Mass beginning at 9:30am, Saturday, June 4th at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church, 9883 Marbach Rd., with Archbishop Gustavo Garcia-Siller as main celebrant.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in Fr. Eddie's name to: The Retired Priests Fund at Padua Place, 80 Peter Baque, San Antonio, TX 78209 or St. Benedict's Catholic Church, 4535 Lord Rd., San Antonio, TX 78220.
A meal/reception will follow the mass on Saturday at the St. Rose of Lima Parish Hall.
Condolences may be sent
to the Bernal family at www.theangelusfuneralhome.
Published by San Antonio Express-News on Jun. 2, 2016.