Archbishop extends prayers on the passing of Father Gus

Father Agustin "Gus" A. Gumataotao, OFM Cap. (Photo courtesy of the Capuchin Franciscans)

Archbishop Michael Byrnes has expressed his condolences to the family of the late Father Agustin A. Gumataotao, OFM Cap. and the Capuchin Franciscan Friars of Guam and Hawaii on behalf of the entire Archdiocese of Agaña.

The Capuchins announced that Father Gus had died peacefully this morning, Friday, Feb. 12. Father Gus was 65. Archbishop Byrnes asks everyone in the archdiocese to remember the beloved Chamorro friar in their prayers.

Father Agustin Aguon Gumataotao, OFM Cap was born on Guam on January 8, 1956, the son of Agustin Ungacta Gumataotao and the former Rosa Fejerang Aguon. He grew up in Saint Jude Thaddeus parish, Sinajana, where he became an altar boy. Inspired by the Capuchin priests who served at Saint Jude’s, he entered the Minor Seminary at Father Duenas Memorial School, where he graduated in 1974.

After completing some courses at the University of Guam, he entered the Capuchin Order on August 31, 1976, at the Capuchin Novitiate in Milton, Massachusetts. He studied theology at the Maryknoll School of Theology, New York, and returned to Guam to be ordained a priest by then-Bishop Felixberto C. Flores on October 23, 1982.

In his 38 years serving God’s people as a priest, Father Gus was assigned to serve in various parishes, both on Guam and Saipan, including Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament, Agana Heights; Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Agat; Our Lady of Guadalupe, Santa Rita; Saint Jude, Sinajana; and Kristo Rai, Garapan (Saipan). He also served the Capuchin fraternity of Guam and Hawaii as Vice Provincial (1997-2000), a member of the Vice Provincial Council and in formation work.

In 2019, due to health concerns, Father Gus retired from active ministry and received special care at Saint Fidelis Friary in Agana Heights. He died peacefully on February 12, 2021. He is survived by his Capuchin brothers and two brothers and sisters-in-law, Rear Admiral and Mrs. Peter A. Gumataotao and Mr. and Mrs. Anthony A. Gumataotao, numerous nephews, nieces and cousins, aunts and uncles.

May he rest in peace.