Hernando Molina Obituary

Hernando  Molina
Hernando Molina

June 10, 1922 - December 15, 2019
Born in Medellin, Columbia
Resided in New London, Connecticut


Hernando de Jesus Molina

New London - Hernando de Jesus Molina, 97, of New London, died peacefully in his sleep on December 15, 2019, at Bayview Health Care in Waterford, CT. He was born June 10, 1922 in Medellin, Colombia, the son of Benjamin and Carolina (Correa) Molina. He graduated from the University of Antioquia, Medellin, Colombia in 1941 and the Conciliar Seminary of Medellin in 1946. He was ordained priest and served 10 years there.

Hernando immigrated to the USA in 1956, and began work at the Evangelical Foundation in Philadelphia, where he met his wife, Julia Turner. They were married in 1957 in the First Presbyterian Church in Williamsport, PA. He obtained US citizenship in 1963.

He is survived by his wife, five children - Dudley (Cheryl), Waterford, CT, Richard (Carol) Sparta, NJ, Anthony, Philadelphia, PA, Dwight, Medford Lakes, NJ and Marcia Yang (David), Kansas City, MO - 15 grandchildren, 9 great-grandchildren, so far, and brother, Jairo of Tampa, FL. He was pre-deceased by his brother Daniel and sisters Luz (Tirado), Blanca (de la Torre) and Ruth.

Hernando learned English while working in the sign shop of E. J. Korvette, ultimately becoming head of the sign shops for the whole chain of Interstate Department Stores. In 1980, he earned a Master of Theology from Princeton Seminary while working in New York City, and helped found Christ the Redeemer, a Spanish-speaking Catholic church in Mt. Holly, NJ. He taught Spanish at Willingboro Jr. and Sr. High Schools for 15 years; coached champion boys soccer teams and girls swim teams. He authored several books including Refranes y Modismos Antioquenos : Diccionario Costumbrista, which is housed in the Princeton University Library Special Collections. He obtained an audience with Augustin Cardinal Bea in Philadelphia and gave him a letter for Pope Paul VI requesting restoration to the faith and validation of his marriage. Approved, he and his wife were remarried in the Diocese of Trenton, with an expectation that his marriage as a priest remain a secret. He did this, but his Christian witness was apparent and inevitably, people guessed. His latest place of witness was Bayview where he freely blessed the staff and residents. He was a life-long practicing Catholic, who also attended church with his Presbyterian wife, Julia. He was truly catholic.

A memorial service will be held at 2 PM Saturday, Jan. 11 at Crossroads Presbyterian Church, 70 Cross Rd, Waterford, CT.



Cross Roads Presbyterian Church
70 Cross Roads
Waterford, CT USA 06385
Saturday, January 11, 2020
2:00 PM

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