Archdiocese mourns passing of Deacon Louis

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By Umatuna Si Yu’os Staff

The Archdiocese of Agaña is mourning the death of one of its faithful clergymen, Deacon Louis Agbulos. The church learned of his passing on Friday, Sept. 21.

Archbishop Michael Byrnes extended his prayers and condolences to his wife Cynthia and their two children on behalf of our entire archdiocese.

“He inspired many people … by the simple but ardent way he witnessed to Christ alongside you in his vocation as a devout husband, father and family man who put his entire trust in God,” the archbishop said in a personal letter hand-carried to the family by Deacon Steve Martinez.

“We will always be grateful for the many ways your husband helped our Church on Guam,” the archbishop said. “… your husband was truly an active servant of Christ during his time on earth.”

Deacon Louis was an integral member of our Church on Guam for many years. He was ordained a permanent deacon on August 16, 2003 and faithfully served our archdiocese and his parish of Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament in Agaña Heights.

He and his wife Cynthia, relocated to California recently. Cynthia retired as Superintendent of Catholic Schools in 2017.

Deacon Louis also served as a director in the archdiocese’s Division of Pastoral Ministries, along with his wife. He was a professed member of the secular Franciscan order, St. Padre Pio Fraternity, also with Cynthia.

Father Patrick Castro of the Order of Friars Minor Capuchins praised the deacon and Catholic family man. “Deacon Louis was passionate in learning, living and sharing his faith with those around him,” Father Patrick said. “To Cynthia and family, thank you for supporting Deacon in his various ministries.”

Led by the spirit, Deacon Louis’ wife, Cynthia, shared the following, “Louis, he had a generous heart, humble spirit, and (was) a very prayerful person. He had a big heart and was capable of loving many.”

“He loved to spend time with his grandchildren; they were his pride and joy, and his natural medicine. He was a serious, quiet person but loved to laugh and enjoy life,” she said. “As husband and wife, we laughed all the way to our last day together.”

Deacon Louis had a wife whom he loved beyond measure.  He and Cynthia have two children: Louis T. Agbulos III (Sir Louis) and Josefa (Muffit) who is married to Patrick Taylor. The Agbulos have four grandchildren: Arabella, Aubrie, Sofia, and Olivia Louise who was born the day after he was called to eternal rest. The deacon also has one sister, Sepriana Gogue, who resides in La Palma, Cal. 

“He promoted formation everywhere he went and wanted people to not just be ritual Catholics, but to know the faith and to stand up for the faith, especially for pro-life,” Cynthia said.

“He not only knew his faith, he also had a deep personal relationship with Christ. He was a secular Franciscan and the formation director for many years,” she continued. “He loved the life of St. Francis and strived to follow his footsteps. Mainly to follow a life of simplicity, serve the poor and more importantly to live the gospel values daily in his life—living gospel to life and life to gospel.”

“He loved the poor and supported the missionaries of the poor in building an orphanage in Manila for unwanted children with disabilities,” she said. “In fact, his 60th birthday invitation to friends was to help him with the poor by giving him $30 for his birthday and he matched their $30 to make it $60 which ended up giving over $3,000 to the poor.”

Since 2010, Deacon Louis’ health deteriorated due to complications with prostate cancer. “It was a challenge to maintain his health however he tried his best,” Cynthia said. “Although in pain he continued to be grateful for the life God gave him.”

Deacon Steve was among the 12 men ordained with Deacon Louis’ in 2003. He recalled his friend and brother deacon.

“He was a Cursillista since the mid-90s. But I saw his real passion in the youth,” Deacon Steve said. “Long before becoming a deacon he brought the Search Retreat to Guam. Both Agaña Heights and Sinajaña parishes have used this form of retreat for Confirmation students.”

“It is an intense retreat and requires a lot of staff and a lot of time and effort to prepare for,” he said. “But Deacon Louis and Cynthia always worked together to make sure the youth in Agaña Heights had the opportunity to experience a Search Retreat. Many former retreat students also became staff in subsequent years.

“Deacon Louis did not like the spotlight, but he did all the things he did because he knew they would help others grow closer to Christ,” Deacon Steve said. “Whenever he committed himself to a project or a group, he was always fully committed and took his obligations very seriously. His quiet demeanor and steadfast commitment were an example other deacons inspired to live up to.”

The last night of the rosary for Deacon Louis in the U.S. mainland was Saturday, Sept. 29 in La Palma, Cal. The viewing and rosary will be Monday, Oct. 1 from 5 to 8 p.m. at All Souls Mortuary in Long Beach, Cal. His funeral is on Tuesday, Oct. 2, 10 a.m. at St. Peter Chanel Catholic Church in Hawaiian Gardens, Cal.

Locally, on Guam, the memorial Mass for Deacon Louis is scheduled for this Friday, Oct 5 at 6 p.m. at Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in Agaña Heights with. Reception will follow.

The mailing address for the Agbulos family is 4792 Elben Drive, La Palma, CA 90623.