Father Cesar Ageas, a beloved priest of the Diocese of Sacramento for nearly 24 years, died on Aug. 3 in Fair Oaks, where he resided at St. Mel Parish. He was 66 and had recently been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.
Father Ageas was most recently parochial administrator and then pastor of St. Joseph Parish in Auburn from July 2012 until his retirement on June 30, 2019. He served for 23 years in seven parishes in the Diocese of Sacramento.
Before coming to Sacramento, he served for 13 years in two dioceses in Mindanao in the southern Philippines.
“My years in the diocese have been challenging, but also happy ones,” Father Ageas told Catholic Herald magazine in June 2019 when he retired. “I’ve had the opportunity to serve not only the Filipino community but also parishioners of various ethnicities and cultures.”