Georgia Bulletin

The Newspaper of the Catholic Archdiocese of Atlanta


Memorial Planned For Missionaries Of The Poor Brothers

Published April 3, 2005

A memorial service will be held at St. Andrew Church at 7 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 7, to honor two religious brothers of the Missionaries of the Poor who were killed Oct. 27 in Kingston, Jamaica.

Suresh Barwa, 22, a native of India, and Marco Laspuna, 31, a native of the Philippines, were shot at Corpus Christi in Kingston just after a Mass there.

Father Richard HoLung, MOP, in a statement said, “I grieve from the depths of my soul for these two innocent lambs, Suresh and Marco. I grieve as father for his children, and for all my spiritual sons who are with us in Jamaica saddened by the death of their brothers.”

The Missionaries of the Poor is an international monastic order of brothers dedicated to joyful service with Christ on the cross to serve the poorest of the poor. The order was started in 1981 by Father HoLung and has now grown to over 180 brothers. The U.S. headquarters for the order is located in Atlanta.