Rev. CASTANON, Aniceto OP


* Birth in Linares (利納雷斯), Spain (西班牙): [9 March 1915]
* Ordination in Hong Kong: [1940]
* Arrival in Hong Kong: [1936]
* Death in Hong Kong: [11 June 1975]

Death of Father Aniceto Castanon, O.P.

About 8 oclock in the morning of 11 June 1975 Father Aniceto Castanon, OP was found dead, in his room by his confreres, the Dominican Fathers of St. Joseph House, in Kowloon Tong. He was still clutching the holy rosary in his hands, but his body was already cold. He had died of heart attack in the early hours of the morning.

Father A. Castanon was born in Linares, province of Asturias, Spain, on 9 March 1915, and he was only 21 when he arrived Hong Kong in 1936 to pursue his ecclesiastical studies at the Dominican House of Studies, Rosaryhill. Four years later he was ordained priest at Rosaryhill.

He spent most of his 35 years of priesthood in Manila, but on three different occasions he was assigned to Hong Kong: first in 1948, as assistant to the Master of Students and professor of Theology in Rosaryhill; in 1952, when he was elected prior of Rosaryhill, a post that he hold for two consecutive terms until 1958; and in January 1974, when he became a member of the small community of Dominican Fathers in Kowloon Tong as Provincial Secretary of the Spanish Dominican Missions.

After his election as Provincial Superior in 1969, Father Castanon established the Dominican House of St. Joseph in Kowloon Tong, where he was to spend the last days of his life on earth.
20 June 1975

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