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Identified through ring: Archdiocese of Cebu confirms priest’s death due to Odette

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A priest from the Archdiocese of Cebu was among those who perished from typhoon Odette.

“It is with deep sadness to inform you that our dear brother priest, REV. FR ELISEO “LEO” FERNANDEZ is confirmed dead after identifying his body through his celibacy ring,” reads the statement from the archdiocese to the faithful.

The archdiocese said his remains were “found floating in the shores of Bato, Toledo City on December 18 and was reported to the Toledo police on said day.”

Aside from the ring, it noted that clothes of “the body Said body was found floating in the shores of Bato, Toledo City on December 18 and was reported to the Toledo police on said day.”

“Despite our pain and sorrow over this unfortunate event, we are thankful that Fr. Leo’s body has been finally recovered,” the archdiocese stated.

“In the spirit of our ministerial brotherhood and being one in Faith, we pray for his eternal repose as we also include all who died because of this recent calamity,” it added.

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