Rev. Alexander Affonso Obituary
October 26, 1941 - December 13, 2013
Resident of San Jose
Beloved son of the late Martin Robert Affonso and Agnes Philomena Affonso, brother of Anthony Affonso (Jennifer), Arthur Affonso, Albert Affonso (Patricia), Alfred Affonso, the late Francis Affonso, Mary-Clare Affonso, Angelo Affonso (Linda), Agnello Affonso (Ramona), Christina Slate, Maria Picardo (Max), Anna Affonso (Georgie), uncle to several nephews, nieces, grand-uncle to nephews & nieces. A priest for 45 years, 11 months and 1 week.
Formerly of the Archdiocese of Karachi, Pakistan, from 1968 to 1993. Father Affonso served as a pastor at various parishes in Pakistan for 25 years. A former Chancellor, Assistant Procurator, Vicar General, a Canon Lawyer under Cardinal Joseph Cordeiro, he had one of the finest choirs in the Archdiocese of Karachi, Pakistan. Father Alex worked for many years among lepers in the leper colony in Karachi, Pakistan.
Upon his emigration to the United States in 1993, and after his incardination as a priest of the Diocese of San Jose, he served in the following capacities: as parochial vicar at Church of the Resurrection, Sunnyvale from 1994-1997; he served as parochial vicar and administrator at St. Simon Parish, Los Altos, from 1997 to 2007; as parochial vicar at St. Catherine of Alexandria parish, Morgan Hill, from 2010 to 2013; Chaplain at O’Connor Hospital and Chaplain at El Camino Hospital from 1997-2007.
Father Alex lived the life of St. Francis of Assisi and Blessed Mother Theresa of Kolkata. Hobbies: loved nature, music, making kites, gardening carpentry, sports, was an athlete in 100 meters track champion, and he was selected for the Olympics in field hockey.
He remained true until the end to his priestly promises of chastity, poverty and obedience.
His last words on 12-10-2013: 2:45 pm:
“I have learnt that sickness is very cruel. But with God and with the help of very close friends I can overcome those handicaps. One day all must pass through the door.”
Friends and family are invited to attend an all night Vigil and Viewing held on Thursday, December 19, 2013, starting at 7:00p.m at Church of the Resurrection, 1399 Hollenbeck Ave. (at Cascade), Sunnyvale, CA. 94087. Funeral Mass will be held Friday, December 20, 2013 at 10:00a.m at Church of the Resurrection. Burial immediately following Mass at Gate of Heaven Catholic Cemetery, Los Altos. Reception at Parish Hall at Church of the Resurrection, 1395 Hollenbeck Ave., Sunnyvale, CA. 94087. Funeral Services being handled by LIMA & CAMPAGNA SUNNYVALE MORTUARY.
Donations can be made in memory of Fr. Alexander Affonso to Church of the Resurrection, Sunnyvale or St. Simon Parish, Los Altos, or St. Catherine Parish, Morgan Hill.
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