To Genifer Buckly: In Memoriam

August 24, 2019 at 9:31 pm 8 comments

Genifer Buckly
Genifer Buckly (Photo from her Facebook account)

Genifer, 24, was a volunteer who went to Pangantucan, Bukidnon, Philippines to teach and do community work under the auspices of the Jesuit Volunteers Program.

On Friday, Aug. 23, she died after being repeatedly stabbed by a man who broke into their quarters. The other teacher who was with her also suffered serious injuries but survived.

Genifer would be the first violent casualty of this 40-year volunteer program aimed to “teach in under-served areas, train grassroot community leaders, assist cooperatives, implement livelihood projects, minister to the disabled and abused, engage in youth formation, advocate environmental issues, uphold the dignity of Indigenous Peoples and fight for the right of the oppressed.”

I will remember her smiling with seeds in her hands. With her untimely passing, it will be up to others to plant them and continue the work she has left behind. From above, looking down below, she’ll be watching the seeds grow and bring forth fruit.

I offer condolence to the Buckly family and to those who have known her in this life. May she rest in peace.

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8 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Epi B  |  August 25, 2019 at 12:40 am

    Horrific. My condolences.

    • 2. plaridel  |  August 26, 2019 at 9:25 am


      i know. really sad happening to a good person.

  • 3. blackhelios  |  August 25, 2019 at 11:27 am

    my sincerest condolences. 😔

    • 4. plaridel  |  August 26, 2019 at 9:26 am


      it was unfortunate it happened to a very nice person.

  • 5. Prior...  |  September 5, 2019 at 3:37 pm

    Because of this post, Genifer’s story and essence trickles a bit more. And it sounds like to me she did more in her limited years than some (most) people d in 70.
    So many folks live the heroine treadmill or don’t give back until
    the generativity life phase (if then)- and so to have someone so outrewaxh and otters focused at a young age is inspiring.
    Also – it was beautiful to imagine her looking down and smiling and encouraging us all – to think of others more – to love – to water – etc.

    • 6. plaridel  |  September 8, 2019 at 8:14 am


      she was indeed one of a kind.


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