Bucharest Archdiocese gives $1,000+ to family of newly-reposed priest

Parava, Romania, August 12, 2019

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Fr. Marius Gabriel Bărăscu of Parava, Bacău County, 160 miles northeast of Bucharest, tragically died in a car accident last week, the day before his 35th birthday. He leaves behind a wife, Petronela, and four children: Anastasia, 9, Irina, 7, Sofiana, 4, and Nicolae, 18 months.

Fr. Marius was on his way home, where his family was waiting to surprise him with a birthday cake when the accident occurred.

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The newly-reposed priest was buried yesterday in Parava by His Eminence Archbishop Joachim of Roman and Bacau.

Today, the Archdiocese of Bucharest decided, at the initiative of His Beatitude Patriarch Daniel, to provide financial support to Fr. Marius’ grieving family, reports the Basilica News Agency.

The Archdiocese is providing $1,184 (5,000 lei) to Fr. Marius’ wife and children, Fr. Ionuţ Iordăchescu told the Agency. The money comes from the “Good Shepherd” Fund, which is specifically intended to help clerics or their families who are in difficult situations.

“It's not a one-off case. The Archdiocese of Bucharest constantly provides financial support for clerics and families who need help,” said Fr. Ionuţ.

A GoFundMe fundraiser was also launched by Fr. Marius’ sister-in-law to support the family in this time of crisis. Visit the fundraiser and support the family here.

May Fr. Marius’ memory be eternal!

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