Date of death: 8/28/2018

Saint Meinrad Class: O 1962

ANNA ù The Rev. Federico C. Higuera, 77, died Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2018, in Memorial Hospital in Carbondale. He was born March 4, 1941, in Mexico City, Mexico, the son of Federico Higuera Fernandez and Elena (Vidal) Ortiz. Federico is survived by his sister, Susana Higuera Vidal of Mexico City, Mexico; nieces and nephews, Marissa, Gonzalo, Susana, Ana, Martha, Antonio, Lorena, Pablo, Fernando, Arturo, Maria, Jose, and Francisco Higuera; great-nieces and nephews, Mariana, Elena, Justin, Montse, Martin, Maite, Jade, Francisco, Ximena, Victor, Emilia, Brenda, Iker, Valeria, Anthony, Camila, and Fernando Higuera; great-great-niece and nephew, Isabel and Jack Higuera; other family and many friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Jaime Fernando Higuera and Gonzalo Arturo Higuera. Federico began his service with the church as a deacon, and during that time he was actively involved in Hispanic ministries throughout Southern Illinois. He was ordained to the Catholic Priesthood on June 5, 1982. That same year he became the associate pastor of Holy Family Catholic Church in Cahokia. In 1983 he relocated to St. MaryÆs Catholic Church in Anna and oversaw the Resident Hispanic Ministry. He moved to St. Andrew Catholic Church in Murphysboro and was the Parochial Vicar for St. Joseph Hospital. In 1988 he went to St. Joseph Catholic Church in Cobden serving the Spanish Ministry and continued to serve the community until he became pastor in 1991. In 2008, he went back to St. MaryÆs Catholic Church in Anna serving as pastor until his passing.