MANILA, Nov. 18, 2014 — Fr. Thomas López Francisco, a former provincial of the Order of Preachers (O.P.) in the Philippines, died Sunday, Nov. 16, from a yet undisclosed cause, the Dominican Students’ Media Center reported.
He was 88 years old.
Francisco was the prior provincial of the Dominicans from 1980 to 1984, Master of Students, and most notably, rector and president of Colegio de San Juan de Letran Manila from 1986 to 1989.
Father Thom, as he was affectionately called, was born on Oct. 27, 1926 in Suátao, China, from a Peruvian mother and a Filipino father from Baras, Rizal.
He had celebrated his 60th sacerdotal anniversary on March 25 this year.
His remains currently lie in state at the Chapel of Colegio de San Juan de Letrán in Intramuros, Manila.
He will be transferred to Santo Domingo Church in Quezon City on Thursday, Nov. 20, and interred the same day after a Funeral Mass at 2:00 p.m. at the Santuario de Santo Domingo. (Raymond A. Sebastián)