Aid to the Church in Need-USA has lost a dear friend

Our team at Aid in the Church-USA learned with sadness of the gruesome murder of Father Dagoberto Noguera on March 10, 2018, at his home in Mamatoco, Colombia. He was killed in an apparent robbery. Before returning to his native country, he served as a priest at our home parish of St. Anthony-St. Alphonsus in Brooklyn, NY, on whose grounds our offices are located. The former pastor wrote this tribute to our beloved Father Dagoberto.

Father Dagoberto

St. Anthony-St. Alphonsus Parish was blessed to have had Father Dagoberto Noguera as a dedicated parochial vicar for almost seven years.  We have all been shocked and deeply saddened by the violence that took his life at his residence in Colombia.  He was a true servant of the People of God, a role he fulfilled with distinction.  He especially provided a very much needed impetus to the life and activities of the Hispanic community here at St. Anthony-St. Alphonsus.  With his priestly and zealous leadership the people received strong support and encouragement in their desire to participate more fully in the overall aims of the parish, lending increased vitality to the entire parish community.  He fostered reverence and devotion to the Most Blessed Sacrament, fervent devotion to our Blessed Lady, gave priestly guidance to the Charismatic Renewal, supported cultural activities, inspired increased social life and fund-raising activities for the parish, and found the time and energy to help the disabled through gathering up wheelchairs and other types of equipment for distribution to the handicapped in his native Colombia.

Finally, he was a pastoral priest who was not afraid to acquire the “smell of the sheep,” as he so closely identified with and loved the people he served.  He had a sense of humor and loved to laugh, but those who knew him would not ascribe to Father Dagoberto a flighty personality.  Rather he was a truly human being who was possessed of a strong and assertive nature, which could sometimes be challenging to others, but at the same time giving drive and intensity to his priestly endeavors.

May God grant him the reward of his labors and eternal rest in the company of the angels and saints of heaven.

Father Robert Czok
Retired pastor of St. Anthony’s, St. Alphonsus