Father Aroldo Guerra, Sch.P., who served at parishes in Manhattan and Mount Vernon, died Nov. 26. He was 90.
A Funeral Mass was to be offered Wednesday, Dec. 1, at Incarnation Church in Manhattan. Retired Auxiliary Bishop Gerald T. Walsh was to serve as principal celebrant and homilist.
“He was a very fine parish priest, came here from Cuba; he was a man of prayer, dedication and service,” Bishop Walsh told Catholic New York, “He was the third of seven children, and grew up in the town of Guanabacoa.”
Father Guerra and Bishop Walsh were colleagues on the faculty of Cathedral Prep Seminary in Manhattan in the 1980s. “And he later taught in the school of Annunciation parish in Manhattan,” the bishop said.
Father Guerra was a senior priest at Incarnation, 2006-2014, before he retired. He served as temporary administrator of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Mount Vernon, 2004-2006. He was parochial vicar of Annunciation in Manhattan, 1994-2004.
Born in Havana, he studied for the priesthood in Spain and was ordained for the Piarist Fathers there in 1954. He was incardinated into the Archdiocese of New York in 2000.
He served parishes in Cuba and later parishes in California and Massachusetts before coming to New York.
In “The Word This Week'' column of Catholic New York, written in 1995, Father Guerra said, “Before we criticize others, we must submit ourselves to honest self-criticism...Love is the key to our relationship with others. But true love implies empathy, a word that sums up the real meaning of love.”