The Rev. Nelson Aguila, S.A.C., who had been pastor of Baltimore's St. Jude's Shrine, the former St. John the Baptist Church, died Tuesday of cancer at a New York City hospital. He was 32.
A mass of Christian burial for Father Aguila will be offered at 10 a.m. tomorrow at Our Lady of Pompeii Church in New York City.
He was pastor of the Baltimore church from 1989 until last August, when he was reassigned to the New York parish.
He also was pastor of the Baltimore church from December 1987 until August 1988, when he was named vocational director of the Pallottine Fathers at their provincial headquarters in Merchantville, New Jersey.
He continued to serve as vocational director after returning to the Baltimore church.
He entered the order in 1981, was ordained in 1986, and was first assigned as associate pastor of Our Lady of Pompeii, which is in Brooklyn.
Father Aguila was a native of New York City.
He is survived by his mother and stepfather, Nancy and Gerson Carratala; a brother, Gerson Carratala Jr.; a sister, Barbara Carratala; his maternal grandmother, Christina Hurtado; and a nephew. All are from New York City.