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6/17 - Saint Francis of Assisi Parish

6/17 - Saint Francis of Assisi Parish

6/17 - Saint Francis of Assisi

St. Francis of Assisi Parish June 17, 2012 • Eleventh Sunday in Ordinary Time . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Since I fi rst became a pastor in 1984 at Star of the Sea Church in Santa Cruz I have tried to connect with parishioners in a personal way each week by wri� ng something for the bulle� n. On my second Sunday back at St. Francis as your pastor, I would like to tell you a li� le about my background. I am a fi � h genera� on na� ve of San Juan Bau� sta, CA. My ancestors on my Dad’s side came to what is now California as Spanish military and colonists from central and northern Mexico in the late 1700’s. There is documenta� on of my fi � h great-grandfather serving at the Presidio of Monterey in 1790 and another great-grandfather of the same genera� on as one of the fi rst dozen people at the Pueblo of San Jose. My fi � h great-grandfather who had served at the Presidio of Monterey was sent to Mission San Juan Bau� sta in 1803 to serve as Majordomo of the pueblo and to oversee the building of the current Mission Church. In short, my paternal family roots go back to the California Mission period. My mother’s side of the family came from North Texas in the early 1930’s and se� led in Bakersfi eld, CA as migrant workers. Eventually they se� led in San Juan Bau� sta prior to the Second World War and commuted between San Juan and Berkeley where my maternal grandparents worked in the Richmond Shipyard war eff ort. I grew up pumping gas in my Dad’s 76 Union gas sta� on in San Juan Bau� sta, learning auto mechanics, and when old enough, driving the AAA tow truck. I a� ended public schools through the sixth grade; when my parents could aff ord the tui� on, my last three years of grade school, I a� ended Sacred Heart School in Hollister. All but one of my younger siblings and I a� ended Catholic grade school. All fi ve of us a� ended Catholic High in Salinas, CA. A� er high school I a� ended Junior College and was employed by a medical laboratory doing offi ce work and supervising other college employees. I entered St. Patrick’s College Seminary in Mt. View, CA at the age of twenty-one as a seminarian for the Diocese of Monterey. A� er college gradua� on I took a li� le � me off and worked as a volunteer WEEKEND MASSES Saturday Vigil 5:15pm Sunday 7:30am, 9:30am, Noon From the Pastor’s Desk…. WEEKDAY MASSES (in St. Clare Chapel) 12:10pm for the Diocese of Juneau, Alaska a� er which I began my theological studies at St. Patrick’s Seminary in Menlo Park. During this � me I was employed as an Emergency Room Technician at the Valley Medical Center in San Jose. I learned much about pastoral ministry during the three years working in the ER. I was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Monterey in May 1979. For the next eighteen years I served in the Diocese of Monterey as associate pastor, as pastor of three diff erent parishes, and as Voca� on Director, Judicial Vicar and Director of Priestly Life and Ministry. In 1991, I was granted a sabba� cal, which took me to the Jesuit School of Theology in Berkeley where I earned an MA in Theology. During this sabba� cal, I began to discern the life of a Friar Minor. A friend who had been a diocesan priest in San Diego before joining the friars a few years prior advised me to return to the diocese and, if the desire was s� ll alive a� er fi ve years, I needed to act upon it. Five year passed quickly, and 15 years ago this month I made the plunge into my new life. I completed novi� ate and professed temporary vows in December 1998. Following vows I spent some � me in Guatemala and then in Rome for a semester in Franciscan Studies. In March of 2000 I was asked to come to St. Francis in Sacramento as pastor, where I served for two years. I then professed solemn vows as a member of the Order of Friars Minor. Returning to Rome, I earned a Licen� ate in Canon Law from the University of St. Thomas in June 2004, then taught canon law at the Franciscan School of Theology and con� nued as Judicial Vicar for the Diocese of Monterey for the next fi ve years. In 2006 I was elected to serve as a member of the Provincial Council and in 2009 elected as Vicar Provincial in which capacity I will con� nue to serve un� l January 2016. This is a brief review of my life and ministry and speaks mostly about what I have done; in � me, through my preaching and my personal interac� ons with you, I’m sure you’ll discover more about who I am and what makes me � ck. Un� l next week….kjl RECONCILIATION Saturdays 4:00-5:00pm or by appointment CHURCH HOURS M-Th 9:00am-3:00pm Fri 9:00am-1:30pm

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