Dedicated to the Restoration of a Catholic Identity
Tuesday, August 14, 2007
The parish staff celebrated three birthdays today with a luncheon at a nearby buffet. We spent nearly 1 ½ hours in the middle-of-the-day enjoying a fine repast and pleasant repartee. This is most certainly the best parish staff I have ever enjoyed working with. Each person realizes that they are—as our Holy Father has expressed—co-workers in the Vineyard of the Lord. They are not back-biting, back-stabbing hypocrites (as found in many office situations). Instead, they all are accepting, caring, and loving; true Christians in word and deed. Additionally, and most importantly, they are faithful and faith-filled Catholics. They are faithful to the Magisterium and the Church’s dogma, doctrine, and discipline. They are not Roman Protestants. They are Roman Catholics! The Most Holy Sacrament of the Altar is their strength, and the One True God is their all. I thank the Lord everyday for putting this team together.
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.