Fr. Salvador Aragon, OFM, age 87, passed into eternal life on Monday, October 24, 2016, at Assumption Friary, Rio Rancho, NM.
Salvador Telesfor Aragon was born in Peña Blanca, NM, on December 13, 1928, the son of Telesfor Aragon and Guadalupe Montaño. Salvador professed his first vows on August 15, 1947, and was ordained to the priesthood on June 9, 1955. He celebrated his first Mass at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church in Peña Blanca, NM.
Salvador ministered at many parishes, including Holy Family, Albuquerque, and St. John, Roswell, as well as in Chama, Clovis, Cuba, Los Ojos and Tierra Amarilla, NM, and San Angelo, TX. He was pastor of St. Francis Parish, Gallup, from 1977-1994, and rector of St. Francis Cathedral, Santa Fe, from 1994-2000. He served on the Provincial Council from 1994-1997, and as Vicar Provincial from 1997-2000. For the past five years, he had lived and ministered as Chaplain for the Felician Sisters in Rio Rancho, NM.
According to Larry Dunham, OFM, with whom he served on the Council, Salvador abhorred meetings, but he did “rather enjoy the coming together aspect of the fraternity, the regional meetings.” Salvador told Jack Clark Robinson, OFM, during a visit in 2015, “To me, death is God’s call to come home. But God’s mercy is there, and you become more accepting of it in your life. We don’t deserve God’s mercy, so that is why it’s mercy.”
Salvador is survived by his sister, Virginia Aragon Long, and brother, Gilbert Aragon, along with many nieces, nephews and cousins.
His surviving classmates are: John Turnbull, Simeon Cleves, and Hilarion Kistner, of the Franciscan Friars, Cincinnati, Ohio.