Father Alvin Cabacang, 50, a solemn professed friar and priest of the Order of Friar Servants of Mary, died suddenly Tuesday, Jan. 31. There will be a funeral Mass at 7 p.m.  Thursday, Feb. 9, in the Chapel of Mary, at The Grotto.

Father Alvin was a member of the Servite community at The Grotto Monastery of Our Sorrowful Mother in Portland, where he had lived and worked for the last five years.  Father Alvin had been a friar for 18 years and a priest for 12 years.

Father Alvin was born Dec. 27, 1966, in Catbalogan, Samar (Diocese of Borongan), in the Philippines, the son of José and Fé (Balmes) Cabacang. After completing university studies in psychology and several years of work in the public service sector, he entered the Servite Order in Muntinlupa City, Metro Manila, where he made his novitiate and professed first vows May 16, 2000.  He completed his theology studies at the Pontifical Theological Faculty “Marianum,” Rome, Italy, and professed solemn vows Dec. 27, 2003.  He was ordained to the priesthood Oct. 10, 2004.

In addition to pursuing an advanced degree in liturgy, Father Alvin also served in parishes, formation houses and as vicarial secretary of the St. Peregrine Servite Vicariate in the Philippines. In July 2012 he was assigned to ministry at the The Grotto (The National Sanctuary of Our Sorrowful Mother), in Portland, where he served until his untimely death.  Father Alvin’s outgoing, joyful and friendly manner left a deep impression on many visitors and friends who came to The Grotto from all over the world. He also worked closely and lovingly with the Filipino and Asian Catholic communities in the Portland area.

Gifts in memory of Father Alvin may be sent to The Grotto, PO Box 20008, Portland, 97294, or made on The Grotto website at thegrotto.org.