Surfing Seminarian who Died on the path to Sainthood - Surfing Angel - SHARE!
Guido Schaffer drowned in 2009 aged 34 in Barra da Tijuca, Rio de Janeiro. Schaffer was a seminarian drowned just weeks before he was due to be ordained as a priest.
He was known for his work with the poor – especially native Brazilian tribes.
The Holy See has issued a nihil obstat – or ‘no objection’ to his cause. Schaffer was nicknamed ‘the Surfing Angel’ and was loved by his community.
Father Roberto Lopes, from the archdiocese of Rio said last May: ‘He was very sensitive toward others and was a man of great faith and was passionate for the word of God.
‘On the day of his burial, the Church of Our Lady of Copacabana was filled with bishops, priests and many believers who saw him a young man who was different and deeply loved God.’ He added that Schaffer ‘inspires more and more young people to follow the way of holiness while continuing to do everything that young people do’.