Obituary: Rev. Casimiro Roca-Toscas Aug. 4, 2015


Rev. Casimiro Roca-Toscas, S.F., former rector of el Santuario de Chimayo in Chimayo, N.M., died Aug. 4, 2015.

At the time, he was at home in the rectory at Holy Family Church, with his brothers Sons of the Holy Family and caretaker, who have been helping him for several years. He had celebrated his 97th birthday 11 days earlier.

After 33 active years living in Spain and Italy, Fr. Roca came to Chimayo in 1954. For 52 of the next 60 years, he worked at restoring the Shrine, greeting pilgrims and hearing their confessions, blessing their vehicles and religious articles. He contributed to the Shrine becoming a Registered National Historic Landmark.

Along the way, he helped, found, and named Holy Family Parish in Chimayo, N.M. He also spent more than seven years serving Our Lady of Peace Parish in Greeley, Colo.

The Sons of the Holy Family thank the people of Gentiva Hospice for their attention to Fr. Roca in the last month of his life.

Wake Service:

  • Holy Family Church-Chimayo, NM
  • Tuesday, August 11 – 7pm
  • By Hermanos Penitentes

Mass of Resurrection:

  • Holy Family Parish-Chimayo, NM
  • Wednesday, August 12 – 11am

Interment of Ashes:

  • Santa Cruz de la Cañada, Santa Cruz, NM
  • Thursday, August 13 – Pending

One-Month Anniversary Mass:

  • Santuario de Chimayo
  • Sunday, September 13th – 12noon
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