Br. Jose Francisco Echanove, OSB
Born: December 23, 1946 in Vizcava, Spain
Died: July 12, 2013 in Jerome, Idaho
Age: 66 years old
Jerome, Idaho - Br. Jose Francisco Echanove, OSB, a member of the Benedictine Monastery of the Ascension, age 66, died suddenly and unexpectedly at Monastery of the Ascension in Jerome, on Friday afternoon, July 12, 2013.
Jose Francisco Echanove, son of Nemesio Echanove and Tomasa Aguirre Echanove was born on December 23, 1946, in Vizcaya, Spain. His early years in the Basque area were spent living with his family and included a variety of occupations, including cooking at a local restaurant.
In October, 1974, Jose came to the United States. His first work was for three years as a cook for a sheepherding operation based in Hagerman. That was followed by nine years working at the Tupperware plant in Jerome. During that time he was a very active member of the parish community of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Twin Falls and a participant in the Cursillo program. It was through his connections at Guadalupe that he became aware of the Benedictine community in Jerome. After an initial three month discernment stay at the monastery in 1989, in July of that year he made formal application to join the community. He made his first monastic vows in August 1990. Three years later he made his perpetual vows on August 15, 1993.
Br. Jose was a man of many talents. He was an excellent cook and up until the time of his death helped with food services for the monks and guests alike. His sewing skills served the monks in tailoring as well as mending. He was an accomplished knitter, as many local wearers of his stockings will attest. His fluency in Basque, Spanish and English made it possible for him to serve the needs of persons seeking immigration status. He spent two days a week helping many with that at St. Jerome's Parish in Jerome. He received official recognition and certification for that work and most recently was awarded for his 20 years of service.
Br. Jose was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Marina. He is survived by three sisters, Rosali, Melchora and Mari Tere, all in Spain. His brother monks at the monastery will miss not only what Br. Jose could do, but the man he was.
There will be a vigil service at 7:30 PM on Thursday, July 18, 2013 at St. Jerome Catholic Church, 216 2nd Avenue East, Jerome, and a funeral Mass on Friday, July 19, 2013 at 12:00 Noon, also at St. Jerome. Burial will be at the Monastery of the Ascension, 541 East 100 South, Jerome, at about 3:30 PM.
Arrangements are under the care of Farnsworth Mortuary of Jerome.