More pay tribute to Fr. James Reuter, ‘the honorary Filipino’



MANILA, Philippines — He was one “great Filipino,” a brother and an inspiration.

The late American Jesuit priest, Fr. James Reuter, SJ, indeed touched many lives in his seven decades in the Philippines that his legacy — in communication, in activism, in the arts — may well live on as a legend.

Vice President Jejomar Binay recalled how Reuter, a Jesuit broadcast pioneer in the country, made use of his mastery of communication to reach out to Filipinos through an underground radio station during the martial law years.

“Father James Reuter harnessed the tools of media and communications in promoting the Catholic faith and in the defense of freedom and democracy, especially during the days of martial law and the glorious 1986 Edsa Revolution,” said Binay, a human rights lawyer during the fight against the dictatorship.

“In life, Father Reuter was a man of faith and a defender of the rights that we hold sacred. In death, he will be remembered as a great Filipino,” said the Vice President.

Long frail due to age, Reuter, 96, passed away on Monday due to lung and heart failure at the Our Lady of Peace hospital in Parañaque City, where he had been under the constant watch of private nurses for three years.

Reuter’s remains will be at the St. Paul University in Manila until Wednesday, and will be moved to the Church of the Gesu at the Ateneo de Manila University in Quezon City, where public viewing will be open until Friday.

Reuter will be laid to rest on Saturday at the Jesuit cemetery at the Sacred heart Novitiate in Novaliches, Quezon City. The funeral mass will be held at the Gesu at 8:30 a.m.

The New Jersey native, officially proclaimed by Congress as an honorary Filipino in 1996, had many times professed his love for the Philippines and its people, even saying at one time that “Filipinos brought God to me.”

Former Ateneo de Manila University president and prominent Jesuit priest, Fr. Bienvenido Nebres, said many of his fellow priests considered Reuter, a long-time Ateneo educator, as their big brother.

“For myself and Jesuits of my generation, Fr. Jim was an older brother we looked up to and admired for his deep faith, his love for the Church and the Philippines, for the Society of Jesus and the Ateneo,” Nebres said.

He said Reuter often shared this in his talks and writing.

“I am deeply grateful for the gift of having lived and worked with him as an older brother and friend,” said Nebres.

The activist priest, Fr. Robert Reyes, meanwhile took time off his “silence” break to honor Reuter, the “great communicator” he considered his mentor.

“Fr. James insisted that knowing how to use and relate with media is one thing. However, his life was both medium and message as he spoke both in word, action and silence about Jesus, the word made flesh,” said Reyes.

He sent the statement from the Juan de Plasencia Franciscan Novitiate in Liliw, Laguna, where he has been residing after deciding to take a break from public life in 2011.

Reyes, an activist priest often seen in media while advocating various causes, credited Reuter for helping him understand the culture of the press in the Philippines. He offered a prayer run for Reuter on Tuesday.

“It will be different now without the voice, the pen, the face of the priest in the white Jesuit cassock. Not really, for this communicator did not die in vain. He has taught hundreds to speak well and effectively about Jesus through the means of social communication. But more than skill and art, he passed on a spirituality,” said Reyes.

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  • Anthony Buenaflor

    RH bill advocates often called the catholic church and its Bishops and clergy as henchmen in the ills of Filipino society.  Fr. James advocated LIFE and PRAYER.  Look at his accomplishments…do you think he add miseries to Filipinos?  

    • Noel

      God shall judge Fr. Rooter for his role in ousting a President.  If Cardinal Sin is now suffering in the lake of fire, Fr. Rooter now joins Sin.

      • Edward

        c’mon anti-catholic..paid inc, add, etc. blogger..

        Read and understand history of events without malice and being a non-anti-catholic, moron..

      • litobetita

        You will be judged as well! For spreading false information……a product of your imagination.  

      • Jerry

         Ignorant moron!

    • READMENOW2011

      Fr. James advocated LIFE and PRAYER.
      Rafael Dy-Liacco left. Fr. James Reuter died.

      Who are
      the true SJ Catholic theologians left at Ateneo?His
      death, like any other deaths, is a good time for reflection. And a good
      starting point to reflect on is this: Why a substantial/significant numbers of
      the Ateneo products are disobedient to the Catholic Church? So, why continue to

      of supporting behind the cause of the Catholic Church they supported her
      enemies even if they knew that evil hands and money were actively in control.

      is the perceived strength of Ateneo. But in the RH Bill battle, if appears that
      discernment was its obvious weakness.

      “Fr. Catalino Arevalo, SJ, the teacher of Cardinal Tagle, is still with the
      Ateneo. Fr. Adolfo Dacanay, SJ, a foremost theologian and Canon lawyer, still
      actively teach in the Ateneo.”

      were they during the critical time about the RH Bill … when the legislators and
      the faithful needed guidance?

      Why Fr.
      Bernas sounded more of a lawyer than a priest? Is that the present day SJ
      valued most, that in between the two, the former weigh the most?

      Is that
      the reason also that the lawyers that Ateneo produced behave more like
      non-Christian lawyers?

      maybe better not to offer law. If they produce non-Christians lawyers.

      • READMENOW2011

        Evangelicals like sibling senators Cayetanos were very vocal about their
        positions (on RH issues), the products of Ateneo were very silent. And WORST, THE ATENEO

        WHAT A

  • Noel

    Fr. Rooter was one great example of clergy interfering in state affairs.  And he was even a foreigner.  He used underground to call on people to rebel against the government.  He should have been deported.  But lucky he was, the 1986 Edsa Revolt benefited Cory, the one he protected.  That was his only accomplishment, if you would like to call it accomplishment.

    • 444mangyan888

      the heck is wrong with ur mind..?

    • Edward

      c’mon anti-catholic..paid inc, add, etc. blogger..

  • S. de Ibarra

     I remember Fr. Reuter during my days in the Philippines.  Humble, intelligent but a stronq fighter!  He is more a Filipino than Juan de la Cruz!  Cheers to His Splendid Life and Rest Peacefully Padre!

  • el toro bumingo

    I remember Fr. Reuter during my childhood and elementary days and his Family Rosary Crusade. I hope someone would continue his works. He’s such a great influence.

    • littlesoulxv

      we can continue his work by praying the holy rosary, daily.


    “The late missionary also fought for the truth, especially on matters about faith…”Was Fr. Reuter not frustrated about Ateneo community’s support of the RH Law? Was he not upset about Ateneo Community’s disobedience to the Church in the Philippines?

    • Edward

      I’m sure he’s upset with the pro-RH bill professors. (Ateneo’s stand as a community was anti-RH bill). In fact, I’m sure you missed the report in general circulation, where father Jim said that those professors who are pro-RH bill have no right to teach in ADMU…

      Check this report
      Pro-RH Bill Ateneo teachers have no right to teach in ADMU, Jesuit priest James Reuter reportedly saysPublished: May 18, 2011 – 10:58am

      Check also this report

      DZIQ: Pro-RH bill Ateneo teachers are free to go—Fr. Reuter INQUIRER.netFirst Posted 15:17:00 05/17/2011

  • Jose Ma Bonifacio Escoda

     Fr Reuter SJ , unknown to many ,was also a great winning coach of
    Ateneo de Naga inthe 1950s and later in Ateneo de Manila responsible
    in making a football star player of Ateneo to a great basketballl player
    ( two-time Olympian Edgardo Ocampo)

  • Anthony Buenaflor

    Definitely in his silence and in his last three years of being confined in a hospital, Fr. James was praying for his Jesuit brothers and atenistas for wrongly supporting RH Bill.  He was a rosarist and worked hand in hand with Fr. Patrick Peyton’s Family Rosary Crusade.  He advocated Christian Family Life.  He’s definitely not supporting RH Bill.  It’s funny how some people talk like they knew Fr. Rooter and his ministry very well.  Read 1986 people power history very well before you condemn this Holy Man of God.  Don’t comment like you know everything. 

  • txtman




    “A MAN OF GOD”





  • DGuardian

    Fr.James Reuter is now in Heaven with God. Filipinos will miss a great and devoted friend.  

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