Don Bosco Philippines South Province

Salesians of Don Bosco – Philippine South Province FIS

Thank you, Fr. Ben!

It is with deep sadness that we share the news of the passing of Fr. Ruben Fernandez, SDB. Fr. Ben died at 9:00 PM this August 14, 2021. After a year-long struggle with lung cancer, he succumbed to his sickness aggravated by severe pneumonia due to COVID-19. We ask for your prayers for his eternal rest and for the consolation of the Salesians and the Fernandez family.

Cremation Schedule

Fr. Ben will be cremated on August 20 at the Cosmopolitan Funeral Homes in Cebu City. The queue is rather long in all funeral homes in Cebu. This is the earliest we could have him listed. His remains are now kept sealed in St Bernard’s Funeral Homes along N. Bacalso Ave. Viewing is not allowed.

Update: Due to logistical difficulties, we are not able to stream the rites during cremation.

Online Viewing

The cremated remains of Fr. Ben will be kept at the Salesian Community chapel in Don Bosco Technical College – Cebu. Due to heightened quarantine restrictions in Cebu City, online viewing is encouraged.

Online Vigil
Live from DBTC-Cebu
August 20 to 21, 2021
8:45 PM to 11:00 PM
(after the Novena Mass)
Facebook Live

Novena Masses (Online Only)

Note: There are ongoing changes to the list of celebrants and masses. Please revisit this page for the latest updates.

Date and TimeCelebrantLink
Sunday, August 15, 2021
8:00 PM
Fr. Medelino “Bong” Borgueta, SDB
Rector, DB Mambucal
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Monday, August 16, 2021
8:00 PM
Fr. Eligio “Gio” Santos, SDB
Rector, DBTI Victorias
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Tuesday, August 17, 2021
8:00 PM
Fr. Mario Baclig, SDB
DB Parañaque
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Wednesday, August 18, 2021
8:00 PM
Fr. Samson “Bong” de Leon, SDB
DB Boys Home – Liloan
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Thursday, August 19, 2021
8:00 PM
Fr. Randy Figuracion, SDB
Rector, Lourdes Parish
Facebook Live
Lourdes Shrine
Don Bosco FIS
Friday, August 20, 2021
8:00 PM
Fr. Philip “Peewee” Lazatin, SDB
Novice Director, DB Novitiate
Facebook Live
DBFC Lawaan
Saturday, August 21, 2021
8:00 PM
Bishop Patricio Buzon, SDB, DD
Diocese of Bacolod
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Sunday, August 22, 2021
8:30 AM (adjusted time)
Fr. Arvin Abatayo, SDB
Pastoral Animator, DB Dumaguete
Facebook Live
SLS DB

Funeral Mass and Schedule

The funeral of Fr. Ben is scheduled on August 22, 2021 (Sunday). The rites will begin with the funeral mass at Don Bosco Technical College-Cebu. His remains will be brought to Don Bosco Formation Center – Lawaan after the mass and will be interred at the Salesian Cemetery.

Funeral Mass
Sunday, August 22, 2021
1:00 PM
Fr. Fidel Ma. Orendain, SDB
FIS Provincial Superior
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Burial RitesSalesian Cemetery
Don Bosco Formation Center – Lawaan
Facebook Live
DBFC Lawaan

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