On Thursday evening, 18 July, God called to himself Fr Amin Abboud, an Australian priest of Opus Dei. Fr Amin was making a retreat at the Kenthurst Study Centre, where he had spent several days with Pope Benedict XVI prior to World Youth Day in 2008. It was the second day of the retreat and the topics of the meditations were the last things of death, judgment, heaven, hell and purgatory. Fr Amin died suddenly that evening at the age of 48.
Fr Amin was a medical doctor, a graduate of Sydney University with first class honours. He later studied at the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross in Rome and obtained a doctorate in moral philosophy from the University of Navarre. He was ordained a priest in 2006 by the Prelate of Opus Dei, Bishop Javier Echevarria. Fr Amin was very much involved in the field of bioethics and at the time of his death was preparing his doctoral thesis on Peter Singer for publication.
His sudden death was a blow to the many people who knew him and received spiritual assistance from him. He was a true father, the epitomy of kindness, gentleness, prudence and generosity. He was truly a man of God and an exceptional priest, much loved by all who knew him. Mgr Victor Martinez, Regional Vicar of Opus Dei in Australia and New Zealand, said that Fr Amin “was a humble and holy priest, who always put the needs of others before himself. His loss is deeply felt.”
And Bishop Javier Echevarría, Prelate of Opus Dei, wrote to Mgr Martinez: “I received your note with the news of the death of Amin with deep sorrow. It still seems impossible that Our Lord wanted to take this son of mine; he could have done so much for the Church and the Work. Like you, there comes to my mind the prayer – as with our Father – the filial complaint to the Lord, and immediately I feel the consolation that only He can offer us. The inscrutable Providence of God knows more than we do: fiat, adimpleatur… ! I am quite sure – in Faith – that this blow will also be a new and effective push forward for the fidelity of us all, and for the growth of the apostolic work in Australia and throughout the whole world.”
I ask your prayers for the soul of Fr Amin and especially for the members of his family, who will be feeling his loss even more than the rest of us. May he rest in peace.