Father “Miguel” Bafaro was received into the arms of his Father on Thursday, November 28, after a long convalescence.

The Latino community of Worcester, along with the whole of our city, and the thousands of lives he touched in Central, South American, and everywhere he spent any significant amount of time, are in mourning this week.

Father Bafaro spent his entire life helping, counseling, healing, strengthening and loving whoever needed it.  But he also spent a lifetime fighting alongside, empowering, advocating and serving those who suffered from injustice, discrimination, and oppression.  He fought those battles even within his own institution.  As a founding Board Member of CENTRO, then known as Centro Comunal Hispano, Father Bafaro was an agent of change, who fought vigorously to protect the rights of Latinos and immigrants in Worcester and abroad.

Today, CENTRO serves tens of thousands of families meet many of their most basic needs, employs dozens of highly committed members of our community, and provides great value to our stakeholders.  We would not exist, but for his vision, sacrifice and love.

As an institution, we urge our employees, clients, and steak-holders to join us in prayers of appreciation for the life and time of this amazing man.

With our deepest thanks and love; Rest in peace father Miguel!

Fondly,

Juan A. Gomez, MPA
President & CEO
Centro Comunal Hispano/CENTRO