UST Center for Campus Ministry Director Assoc. Prof. Richard Pazcoguin, O.P., better known in the University as “Sir Tsard,” passed away on Friday, June 25. He was 41.

Pazcoguin died at 10:17 p.m. in UST Hospital after a bout with pneumonia. 

Pazcoguin was a full-blooded Thomasian. He finished at the UST Grade School in 1991 and UST Education High School (EHS) in 1995.

He graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in education, major in religion education, in 1999. 

Pazcoguin earned his master of arts in higher religious studies, magna cum laude, from the University in 2004, obtaining the Rector’s Award for Academic Excellence.

From 2006 to 2007, Pazcoguin served as a supervising teacher of religious education EHS. He was also an adviser for the Marian Evangelization Community, a University-wide religious organization.

He was awarded the “Gawad San Lorenzo Para sa Natatanging Likha” during the 2008 Dangal ng UST Awards for his musical composition “We Are Thomasian Christians.”

He sang and composed “Children of Unending Grace,” which was written in time for the Quadricentennial celebration of UST in 2011. 

He co-wrote theology books including “Salva Vida (Salvation Story and Study for College)” and authored the web-enhanced “Theology 1 Course for the Electronic Learning Access Program (e-LeAP) of UST.”

Pazcoguin was active in leading University events, including “Ambag” or the University-wide retreat for administrators, faculty members and members of the support staff, and student recollections. He often played the organ during Masses at the Santisimo Rosario Parish Church.

He was named director of the campus ministry since 2016 and served as vice president of the Sanctus Dominicus Lay Dominican Fraternity of UST until his death.

In a statement, the University described Pazcoguin as a figure synonymous with the University’s liturgical celebrations, having served UST, the Santisimo Parish and the Dominican Laity.

“Under his leadership, student religious organizations continued to be havens for the Catholic formation of our learners,” the University said.

“We commend Sir Tsard to the Father’s loving embrace and are one with his family in mourning his passing. Eternal rest grant unto Richard, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him. May he rest In peace,” it added.

Details of his interment have yet to be released. with reports from Joenner Paulo L. Enriquez, O.P.


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