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“We thank you, we salute you and we will continue celebrating life the way you did. And may your wish be granted to give your life to follow the Good Shepherd, who is the Way, the Truth, and the Life.”

Archbishop Luis Antonio Tagle of Manila attributed those words to +Sr. Mary Pilar Verzosa RGS, during the Mass of the Resurrection held on September 12, 2012.

Sr. Pilar passed away at 4:44a.m. on September 9 of herniation syndrome secondary to cerebellar bleeding (bleeding of the brain stem) at the De La Salle University Medical Center (DLSUMC). She was 67.

Sr. Pilar was at the DLSUMC on Thursday, September 6 as guest speaker of the nurses, medical personnel and staff who listened to her explain “Body-talk,” a consciousness-based, nondiagnostic therapy that works with the body in its healing process. Though her talk finished in the morning, Sr. Pilar, stayed on till the afternoon session as Ms. Marita Wasan, the national coordinator of Pro-Life Philippines, gave talk on Pro-life’s advocacy against RH Bill. Sr. Pilar while doing a summary of the afternoon talk informed the audience that she was feeling dizzy. She was immediately brought to the hospital’s emergency room.

While confined at the hospital, Sr. Pilar was visited and attended to by her family, members of the Religious of the Good Shepherd, fellow advocates from Pro-Life Philippines, and friends. After her death, Sr. Pilar’s remains were brought to the Arlington Memorial Chapels and crematory in Quezon City. A Funeral Mass and ritual preceded the cremation, a wish Sr. Pilar clearly wrote in her Affirmation of Life.

Hundreds of families and friends, people touched by her advocacy and concern to help women and children paid their last respects to Sr. Pilar. The Good Shepherd Congregation paid tribute to Sr. Pilar for the gift that she was to the Philippine Province for 45 years as religious.

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Homily by Most Rev. Luis Antonio Tagle DD, Archbishop of Manila

My Vocation Story by Sr. M. Pilar Verzosa RGS

“And she shall live in the house of the Lord forever.”
Psalm 23

SR. MARY PILAR L. VERZOSA RGS
(Pilar Lahoz Verzosa)
of Vigan, Ilocos Sur

September 24, 1944 – September 9, 2012

On September 9, 2012, our dear Sister Mary Pilar peacefully joined Jesus,
the Good Shepherd, after 45 years in religious life.
The Religious of the Good Shepherd, apostolic and contemplative,
her bereaved family and relatives
are grateful for your prayerful remembrances.
The wake is at the Good Shepherd Chapel, 1043 Aurora Boulevard,
Quezon City.
Masses at 8 p.m. on September 9, 10, 11, 2012
The Mass of the Resurrection is on Wednesday, September 12 at 3:00 p.m.
Inurnment follows at the Good Shepherd Columbary.