Obituary: Fr. Tarsicio Luis Samaniego Barriga, LC, 87, of Cheshire

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CHESHIRE, CT – (From Alderson-Ford Funeral Home) Tarsicio Luis Samaniego Barriga, LC, passed away on Wednesday, June 15, 2022 in New Haven, CT.

He was 87 years old and in his 54th year of priesthood. Pr. Tarsicio was a community member in Cheshire, USA, although he had spent the last few months in a nursing home near Cheshire, CT. receive the necessary medical care.

Pr. Tarcisio was born in Puruándiro, Michoacán, Mexico, on November 21, 1934. He entered the vocations center, like his older brother, Fr. Alfonso Samaniego (who died in 2018) and, in 1953, received the novitiate of the Legion.

Pr. Tarcisio was ordained a priest in the parish of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Rome on December 24, 1967 by Cardinal Hildebrando Antoniutti. As a religious he worked at the Cumbres Lomas Institute in Mexico City and later as a priest he was director of the CEYCA school from 1966 to 1990.

In 1990 he was assigned to the Cheshire Novitiate and Humanities Center, where he served for many years as a teacher and confessor. There he also spent his last years of illness.

He is also remembered by many for his talent as a photographer, a task he performed from his formative years, including during the sessions of the Second Vatican Council. .

It has carried out various training, cultural and sports activities: 1. creator and founder of friendship tournaments.2. Nativity Creator plays with the participation of teachers and students.3. Founder (with Fr. Faustino Pardo) of a retreat and leisure centre: Las Peñas; located near Yautepec, Morelos.4.

Obtained the land for Ceyca High School and then started construction.5. In 1977, the Ceyca high school had 180 students. When Fr. Tarsicio moved to Cheshire in 1990, there were 1,100 students.6. Founder of another center for retreats and spiritual exercises called ICIF. It is located at the foot of the volcanoes, near the town of Amecameca.

Funeral Mass for Father Tarsicio Samaniego, LC will be held at the Legionaries of Christ Seminary 475 Oak Avenue in Cheshire, CT on Tuesday, June 21, 2022 at 9:30 a.m. Interment will follow at Saint Bridget Cemetery.

There will be a prayer vigil the evening before, June 20, 2022 from 8:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the Seminary.

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