REMEMBERING BROTHER LINO

We have been touched by his very presence and life. Now that he is gone in our world, we will certainly treasure the memories he had forever etched in our hearts as a brother, a friend, and for the younger generation, a tatay.

BRO. LINO LERUM CORPIN, OFM was born on September 23, 1934, in the town of Biliran, Province of Biliran. He is the son of Bernabe Corpin and Simeona Lerum. He was baptized at St. John Nepomuceno Parish, Biliran. He entered the Franciscan novitiate on June 12, 1964, and made his profession of vows on June 14, 1965, as a Franciscan friar affiliated with St. John the Baptist Province of Cincinnati, Ohio, United States.

Bro. Lino has been assigned to various ministries and in different capacities as a lay brother. From June 1965 to October 1965, he was a lay brother member of the formation team at the Our Lady of the Angels Seminary in Quezon City. After that brief period in Luzon, Bro. Lino headed down south with most of his assigned ministries in the Visayas region. From October 1965 to May 1966, he was a co-pastor in the then Franciscan administered San Miguel the Archangel Parish, Maripipi, Biliran.

He then became a formator for lay brothers in the Franciscan formation in Baybay, Leyte from May 1966 to June 1967. Eventually, he spent almost a decade as a member of the pastoral team with assignments in the Franciscan parishes of Biliran, Maripipi, Kawayan, Caibiran, all in the island Province of Biliran from 1968 to 1976.

With his fraternal charisma, Bro. Lino was naturally drawn to the formation ministry. From 1976 to 1979, he was back as one of the formators in the formation house in Cebu City. His last assignments in the formation ministry in Luzon were spent in the novitiate in Tala, Caloocan from 1980 to 1982 and the Postulancy formation house in San Francisco del Monte, Quezon City from 1982 to 1983.

With his fraternal charisma, Bro. Lino was naturally drawn to the formation ministry. From 1976 to 1979, he was back as one of the formators in the formation house in Cebu City. His last assignments in the formation ministry in Luzon were spent in the novitiate in Tala, Caloocan from 1980 to 1982 and the Postulancy formation house in San Francisco del Monte, Quezon City from 1982 to 1983.

After that missionary works of dialogue, Bro. Lino was drawn to other forms of ministry. He spent almost a decade, from 1989 to 1998 in Negros Oriental belonging to the communities at the Our Lady of Buensuceso Parish and St. Francis College, both in Guihulngan City and in Bungtod sa Kabulahanan, Sibulan as member of the pastoral team or the school ministry.

Bro. Lino had also held positions of fraternal service within the friaries. He was the house vicar of the Balay Piksalabukan Friary in Josefina, Zamboanga del Sur from 1998 – 2001 and 2004 to 2007. And from 2004 to 2007, he became the Guardian of the same friary. Officially affiliated with the newly erected Custody of St. Anthony of Padua, an Order of Friars Minor entity in the southern Philippines, Br. Lino became the House Vicar for the Walay a Kalilintad community in Baloi, Lanao del Norte from 2008 to 2010.

For the 2010 – 2013 triennium, Bro. Lino juggled between the school ministry in St. Francis College, Guihulngan, and the St. Anthony of Padua Novitiate in Ormoc City as a member of the school pastoral ministry and the formation team, respectively. And from 2013 to 2016, he was back in Baloi, Lanao del Norte as house bursar. With a penchant for manual work such as farming, Bro. Lino found a community close to his heart at the Harden de Francesco in the novitiate compound in Ormoc City. Unfortunately, this assignment was short-lived.

During the 2017 Friars Annual Retreat held at Talavera House of Prayer, Cebu City, Bro. Lino suffered a stroke. The episode commenced the deterioration of his health. To give him a better medical arrangement, he was assigned as a member of the Franciscan Retirement Community in Minglanilla, Cebu. In the later part of 2019, he was diagnosed with Severe Aortic Stenosis and eventually underwent a medical procedure called Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR). Though the procedure was successful, Bro. Lino had bouts with other complications and was admitted to the hospital now and then. On September 28, 2020, he was diagnosed with Pneumonia. After more than a month in a medical facility, Bro. Lino’s condition deteriorated.

Finally, he was given the Last Rites on November 19, 2020. At 4:21 in the morning of November 21, 2020, the Memorial of the Presentation of Mary, Bro. Lino embraced Sister Death. He was 86 years old and a Franciscan religious for 55 fruitful years.

Nanghinaot kami sa imong pahulay nga dayon Tay Lino. Apan nasayud usab kami nga dili pa gyud ka makapahulay tungod kay diha sa bangkete sa langit, walay hunong ang pagsayaw sa kuratsa mayor ug walay katapusan ang tagay sa bahalina uban ni San Francisco ug sa atong Ginoo.