Dedicated to the Restoration of a Catholic Identity
Friday, June 15, 2007
Dona eis requiem
This was an emotionally draining week. I offered five funeral services; three at the parish church and two at funeral homes. We commended the souls of -- Paul Daniel, a sixth-month premature baby boy, Patrick, a 49-year old man, Alfredo, a 61-year old man, Barbara, a 67 year-old woman, and Olga, a 76-year old woman -- to the arms of our merciful Lord. Also, I anointed Francisco, a 91-year old man who had fallen and suffered brain trauma.
Fr Loren Gonzales is a priest of the Diocese of Phoenix AZ currently shepherding a parish in Peoria. Fr Gonzales received his MDiv from the Franciscan School of Theology of the Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley CA. He was ordained to the presbyterate by the late Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, + Most Rev Carl Fisher. He is a former member of the Order of Friars Servants of Mary (Servites). He has ministered in the Archdioceses of Denver and San Francisco, and the Dioceses of Oakland, Orange, and Tucson, where he has served the people of God as a catechist, campus minister, liturgist, musician, parochial vicar and vocation director. His an advocate of the Reform of the Reform.Two years ago he received faculties from the Bishop of the Diocese of Phoenix, + Most Rev Thomas Olmsted, to celebrate the Classical Liturgy according to the indult Ecclesia Dei. On September 14, 2007 Fr Gonzales celebrated a Missa Cantata in honor of His Holiness’ Motu Propio Summorum Pontificum. He celebrates the usus antiquor regularly. This blog, Overheard in the Sacristy, is inspired by his smattering of memoirs, Fifty Sophomoric Summers.