San Agustin Church placed on lockdown after Parish Priests dies from COVID-19

The Archdiocesan Shrine of Our Lady of Correa known as San Agustin Church in Intramuros, Manila went on lockdown on Sunday, March 21, 2021, after Fr. Arnold Sta. Maria Cañoza, OSA died because of COVID-19.

Fr. Cañoza, 45 years old, is the parish priest of San Agustin Church.

“It is with a heavy heart that we inform you that, according to the report of the Local Prior of Convento de San Agustin – Intramuros, R.P.FR. ARNOLD STA. MARIA CAÑOZA, OSA, assigned at the Convento de San Agustin as PARISH PRIEST of Archdiocesan Shrine of N.S. de la Consolación y Correa – San Agustin Church, PASSED AWAY due to COVID-19 on 21 March 2021,” according to San Agustin Church’s Facebook post on Sunday.

Fr. Cañoza’s death placed the church on lockdown starting March 21, 2021, until further notice.

“Access to the church and convent will be restricted, and operations at the Parish Office will also be suspended until further notice”.

“These recent developments are due to the death of our dear parish priest, R.P. FR. ARNOLD STA. MARIA CANOZA, OSA from COVID-19. We ask for your understanding and prayers”.

Fr. Cañoza had been a professed religious in the Order for 14 years. He first professed his vows on June 1, 2006, and made his solemn profession on Feb. 5, 2011. (Jheng Prado/RCAM-AOC)

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