Deacon Pablo Berrios, community and church leader, dies


Deacon Pablo Berrios, who made many contributions to the life of the church in South Jersey, died peacefully at home on Nov 26. He was 80 years old.
Born in Puerto Rico, Deacon Berrios had resided in Swedesboro for the past 51 years and is remembered as a devoted and loving family man and a strong community leader. He owned and operated Berrios and Son Market in Swedesboro, and was a member of St. Clare of Assisi Parish where he was a deacon for the past 15 years.
He was ordained on Feb. 13, 1999 by Bishop James T. McHugh at the Cathedral in Camden
“I saw Pablo as a man of quiet leadership in the church, in his community and in his family,” said Deacon Leo McBlain, director of the permanent diaconate for the Diocese of Camden.
Deacon Berrios has a list of significant accomplishments. He was the first Eucharistic Minister at the former St. Joseph Parish, and was instrumental in starting the Mass being said in Spanish and the Outdoor Stations of the Cross on Good Friday. He founded the former Holy Name Society, was a member of St. Francis Council, Knights of Columbus, and for the past 30 years was the director of the Cursillo School for the Diocese of Camden.
Deacon Berrios is survived by his wife of 58 years, Ana, his children, Mercedes, Carlos and wife Bonnie, his granddaughter, Jenna Berrios and his sisters, Gloria and Maria V Berrios. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews.
The Mass of Christian Burial was Nov. 30 at St. Joseph Church, Swedesboro. Interment was at St. Joseph Cemetery, Woolwich Township.