Saint Meinrad Seminary & School of Theology

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Alumni Obituaries

Father Federico Higuera

ANNA — The Rev. Federico C. Higuera,
77, died Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2018, in  Memorial Hospital in Carbondale.

He was born March 4, 1941, in Mexico
City, Mexico, the son of Federico Higuera Fernandez and Elena (Vidal) Ortiz.

Federico is survived by his sister,
Susana Higuera Vidal of Mexico City, Mexico; nieces and nephews, Marissa,
Gonzalo, Susana, Ana, Martha, Antonio, Lorena, Pablo, Fernando, Arturo, Maria,
Jose, and Francisco Higuera; great-nieces and nephews, Mariana, Elena, Justin,
Montse, Martin, Maite, Jade, Francisco, Ximena, Victor, Emilia, Brenda, Iker,
Valeria, Anthony, Camila, and Fernando Higuera; great-great-niece and nephew,
Isabel and Jack Higuera; other family and many friends.

He was preceded in death by his
parents; brothers, Jaime Fernando Higuera and Gonzalo Arturo Higuera.

Federico began his service with the
church as a deacon, and during that time he was actively involved in Hispanic
ministries throughout Southern Illinois. He was ordained to the Catholic
Priesthood on June 5, 1982. That same year he became the associate pastor of
Holy Family Catholic Church in Cahokia. In 1983 he relocated to St. Mary’s
Catholic Church in Anna and oversaw the Resident Hispanic Ministry. He moved to
St. Andrew Catholic Church in Murphysboro and was the Parochial Vicar for St.
Joseph Hospital. In 1988 he went to St. Joseph Catholic Church in Cobden
serving the Spanish Ministry and continued to serve the community until he
became pastor in 1991. In 2008, he went back to St. Mary’s Catholic Church in
Anna serving as pastor until his passing.