Archbishop Coakley on the death of Father Roberto Quant:

“We will feel his absence deeply”

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK (May 7, 2013) – The Reverend Roberto Quant, a priest of the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City and pastor of Sacred Heart parish at Shartel Ave. and SW 26th St., died unexpectedly May 6.

The Most Reverend Paul S. Coakley, Archbishop of Oklahoma City, said the members of the archdiocese – and most especially the parishioners of Sacred Heart parish – will miss his joyful presence.

“Father Roberto Quant was such a joyful priest,” Archbishop Coakley said. “He often mentioned to his friends that he considered it among his greatest blessings to have been called to the priesthood and to have had the opportunity to serve in that way – and he lived his vocation to the fullest.

He leaves behind him a rich legacy. As a priest, a son, brother and friend, he enriched the lives of those around him with his delightfully animated intelligence and abiding good spirits. As the beloved pastor of Sacred Heart parish, he attended to the spiritual needs of more than 8,000 parishioners with generosity and a smile. As the judicial vicar in the provincial tribunal, he was an effective and amiable colleague. We will all miss him.

As Catholic Christians, we believe in the resurrection of the body and life everlasting. Father Roberto shared this faith and hope. As his unexpected death brings home for us the fragile hold we have on this life, we are especially grateful for God’s faithfulness. God has revealed Himself to us through the person of Jesus Christ, who suffered, died and rose from the dead more than 2,000 years ago so that, today, we might have the hope of a life of eternal communion with God, who is love.”

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