We invite you to please remember our deceased priests and deacons in your prayers. Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord. And let perpetual light shine upon them. And may they rest in peace.
Father Valentin Ramón, C.M.F., died Wednesday, July 17, 2019. He was ordained in 1964, and served as pastor at Our Lady of Solitude in Los Angeles, associate pastor and pastor at San Gabriel Mission in San Gabriel, and associate pastor at Our Lady Queen of Angels in Los Angeles.
Deacon Ken Elsey died Sunday, June 30, 2019. He was ordained in 2002 and served at Santa Rosa de Lima in San Fernando until his retirement. He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Lillian Elsey, nine children, and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Bishop Stephen E. Blaire died Tuesday, June 18, 2019. At the time of his death, he was the Bishop Emeritus of the Diocese of Stockton, California. Bishop Blaire was ordained for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles in 1967, and served here until he was installed as bishop of Stockton in 1999. He was a chaplain at the Newman Center at Pierce College, principal at Bishop Amat High School, and auxiliary bishop for Our Lady of the Angels pastoral region.
Father Donal Mulcahy died Saturday, June 15, 2019. Fr. Mulcahy served the Archdiocese of Los Angeles from 1951 through his retirement in 2014. He was associate pastor at several churches, including Cathedral Chapel in Los Angeles and La Purisima Concepcion Church in Lompoc. He was also pastor at Our Lady of the Assumption Church in Ventura.
Father John J. Vogel died Tuesday, May 28, 2019. Father Vogel was ordained in 1986 and served the Archdiocese for over 30 years. He was associate pastor at a number of parishes, including Annunciation in Arcadia and St. Frances of Rome in Azusa.
Father Eugene A. Gilb died Saturday, May 25, 2019. Father Gilb was ordained in 1957 and served the Archdiocese through his retirement in 2000. He was pastor at Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Los Nietos and pastor emeritus at St. John Fisher in Rancho Palos Verdes.
Reverend Monsignor Sean B. Flanagan died Tuesday, May 7, 2019. Rev. Flanagan was ordained in 1959, and served the Archdiocese until his retirement in 2013. He was assigned as associate pastor in many parishes, and pastor at St. Catherine of Siena in Reseda and St. Bartholomew in Long Beach. Rev. Flanagan was also Chaplain of the Long Beach Fire Department.
Father Rock J. Janowski died Thursday, May 2, 2019. Father Janowski was ordained for the Capuchin Franciscan Order in 1964, and served in the Archdiocese from 1997 to his retirement in 2001. Among his assignments were associate pastor at St. Joseph Church in Long Beach and senior priest at St. Peter Claver Church in Simi Valley.
Monsignor Richard H. Murray died Monday, April 29, 2019, at the age of 103. Father Murray was a diocesan priest who was ordained in 1943, and served for 76 years. He served as the associate pastor at All Souls Church in Alhambra and St. Paul in Los Angeles, and pastor at St. Bernardine of Siena in Woodland Hills.
Deacon Victor Tiambeng died Tuesday, April 9, 2019 after a long struggle with kidney disease. Deacon Tiambeng was ordained in 2009 and served in St. Martha Church in Valinda. He is survived by his wife Maria Dolores (Dolly) Tiambeng, two adult daughters, and extended family.
Father John Coleman, O.Carm., died Wednesday, April 10, 2019. Father Coleman was ordained in 1978, and was assigned as Faculty at the Carmelite Community in Encino. He assisted with Masses at St. Charles Borromeo Church in North Hollywood and Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Northridge, and provided counseling services.
Father Eugene S. Buhr died Sunday, March 31, 2019. Fr. Buhr was ordained in 1954 and served on the staff of St. Pius X-St. Matthias High School in Downey and as the Vice President of Bishop Montgomery High School in Torrance.
Father Charles Gordon, S.T. died Thursday, March 29, 2019. Fr. Gordon was ordained in 1952, and served as associate pastor at Ascension Church in Los Angeles, and pastor of Our Lady of Victory in Compton.
Father Jarlath K. Dolan died Wednesday, March 27, 209. Fr. Dolan was ordained in 1974, and served in many churches in the Archdiocese, including pastor at Transfiguration Church in Los Angeles and St. Maximilian Kolbe in Westlake Village.
Father Carlos C. Castillo, C.M.F. died Saturday, March 2, 2019. He was ordained in 1973 and served as associate director of both the Claretian House and Renewal Center in Los Angeles, and the chaplain and Queen of Angels/Hollywood Presbyterian Hospital in Los Angeles.
Father George Patrick O’Brien died Friday, February 22, 2019. He was ordained in 1957, and served in as principal at Bishop Conaty - Our Lady of Loretto High School in Los Angeles and Bishop Montgomery High School in Torrance.
Deacon Johnny Castorena died Thursday, February 7, 2019. Deacon John was ordained on June 10, 1995 and assigned to Santa Clara Church in Oxnard, where he served for 23 years.
Father Ildefonso M. Madrigal died Monday, February 4, 2019. He was ordained a priest in 1957, and served as associate pastor at several parishes in the Archdiocese, including Divine Savior in Los Angeles and St John of God in Norwalk.
Father Robert M. Kleiner, M.C.C.J. died Saturday, February 2, 2019. Father Kleiner was a Comboni Missionary ordained in 1971. He served as an associate pastor at Holy Cross Church in Los Angeles and as part of the team ministry there and at St. Cecilia in Los Angeles.
Deacon Jesus Villegas died Saturday, February 2, 2019. He was ordained on June 11, 2005. His parish was Guardian Angel Catholic Church in Pacoima.
Reverend Arnold Gonzalez, CMF, died Saturday, January 26, 2019. Reverend Gonzalez was ordained on June 14, 1958, and served as pastor at several parishes, including San Gabriel Mission Church in San Gabriel and Our Lady Queen of Angels in Los Angles, He was also the director of the youth encounter movement at St. Vibiana Cathedral in Los Angeles.
Reverend Donald Lavelle, CMF, died Friday, January 25, 2019. Reverend Lavelle was ordained on December 21, 1946, and served as associate pastor at San Gabriel Mission Church in San Gabriel. He was also a part of the outcast ministry at Casa Claret Dominguez Retreat Center in Rancho Dominguez.
Father James Lawrence Cleary, O.F.M. Cap., died Tuesday, January 15, 2019. He was ordained on September 5, 1970, and served as faculty at St. Francis High School in La Canada Flintridge and San Lorenzo Seminary in Santa Ynez. He was also the pastor at Old Mission Santa Ines in Solvang and St. Lawrence of Brindisi in Los Angeles.
Monsignor William H. Stetson died Thursday, January 3, 2019. He was a priest of the Prelature of Opus Dei. After his ordination in 1962, Msgr. Stetson served in Rome and Spain, and then across the U.S. in Boston, New York, Los Angeles, and many other cities. For 17 years, he was the Vicar of Opus Dei for the Midwest. When he came to Los Angeles in 2011, Msgr. Stetson carried out pastoral work at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels and was a confessor at St. John’s Seminary.
Father Michael P. Gleason died Tuesday, January 1, 2019. In his 40 years of priesthood, he served at several parishes throughout the diocese, including St. Joseph in Log Beach, St. Paul High School, and St. Anthony in San Gabriel. Most recently he was pastor at St. Cornelius in Long Beach.
Father Antonio Zamora died Sunday, December 30, 2018. He served as the associate pastor at St. Helen Church in South Gate, Our Lady of Guadalupe Church in El Monte, and Our Lady of the Rosary Church in Paramount.
Father Richard DeTore, CMF, died Sunday, October 28, 2018. Father DeTore joined the Calretians at Dominguez Seminary in California and taught at San Gabriel Mission High School. He served in various parishes and schools across the country and in Nigeria, and was the director of Annunciation House in Long Beach.
Father Thomas M. Acton died Wednesday, October 17, 2018. Father Acton was the pastor at Maria Regina Church from 1978 until his retirement in 2003. He remained active in the parish as the Pastor Emeritus until his death.
Father Michael O’Shea died Wednesday, October 3, 2018. Father O’Shea served the Archdiocese of Los Angeles from 1952 until his retirement in 2009. He was a pastor at Santa Clara Church in Oxnard and St. Anastasia Church in Los Angeles, and a senior priest at St. Bernard Church in Bellflower and Beatitudes of Our Lord in La Mirada.
Father Royale Vadakin died Monday, September 17, 2018. Father Vadakin was a trusted advisor to four Los Angeles archbishops. He served as pastor in many churches throughout the archdiocese, including St. Vibiana and St. Paul Churches.
Monsignor James J. Loughnane died Monday, September 17, 2018. Father Loughnane was appointed the pastor at St. Denis in 1993 and served there for many years. He also served as the episcopal vicar of the St. Gabriel Pastoral Region from 2012-2015.
Father Theo Fuentes, CMF, died Wednesday, September 12, 2018. Father Fuentes was a Claretian priest from Spain who served in parishes and missions across the world. Before he retired in 2018, Father Fuentes was co-director and administrator at the Claretian Retreat Center in Los Angeles, and Associate Pastor at San Gabriel Mission.
Father Michael J. Mandala, S.J. died Sunday, September 9, 2018. Father Mandala was president of Verbum Dei High School. Prior to taking that position, he was the school’s director of community relations, and pastor at Blessed Sacrament Church in Hollywood.
Father Robert Gallagher died Thursday, July 26, 2018. He was a priest in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles for 45 years, serving as principal of St. Paul High School in Santa Fe Springs as well as associate pastor at St. Joseph in Hawthorne and Our Lady of Peace in North Hills. Father Gallagher was pastor at St. Charles Borromeo from 2000 until his retirement.
Father Enrique De Los Rios died Saturday, July 7, 2018. Father De Los Rios was a diocesan priest in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles from 2000 until his retirement in June 2018. He was an associate pastor at several parishes, including St. Alphonsus in Los Angeles and St. Elizabeth in Altadena.
Father James J. Melley died Sunday, July 1, 2018. Father Melley was the Chaplain of the Archdiocese for the Military Services from November 1987-October 2001.
Father William A. Ryan, O.S.A. died Tuesday, June 19, 2018. Father Ryan was a religious order priest who served the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. He was an associate pastor at Our Mother of Good Counsel in Los Angeles, and a resident at St. Thomas Aquinas in Ojai.
Father John P.H. Won died Thursday, June 7, 2018. Father Won served the Archdiocese of Los Angeles from 1986 until his retirement in 2004. He was the associate pastor at St. Vibiana Cathedral in Los Angeles and St. Christopher Church in West Covina.
Father Michael J. Hoolahan, C.P. died Saturday, June 2, 2018. Father Hoolahan was ordained a priest in 1961, and spent several years at Immaculate Conception Parish in Chicago, IL. He also served on the staff of Mater Dolorosa Passionist Retreat Center in Sierra Madre, CA., and assisted at Sts. Felicitas and Perpetua Parish in San Marino.
Father Jesús Vela, O.F.M., Cap. died Friday, May 25, 2018. Father Vela served the Archdiocese of Los Angeles from 1998 until his death. He entered the Capuchin Order in 1991, and was ordained in 1998. Father Vela served as associate pastor at several parishes, and pastor at St. Lawrence of Brindisi in Los Angeles. He was also a Chaplain for the LA Police Department, and was the vocation director at San Lorenzo Friary.
Deacon Joe Manion died Wednesday, May 16, 2018. Deacon Joe was ordained as deacon in 2000, and served on the staff of St. Jude’s Church. Along with his wife Carol, he also served on the Los Angeles Archdiocesan Diaconate Council, the Deacon Selection Committee, and the Los Angeles Deacon Formation Staff.
Father Domingo Y. Zuñiga, C.M.F. died Sunday, May 6, 2018. Father Zuñiga was a religious order priest in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles from 1983 until his retirement. He served as associate pastor at Our Lady Queen of Angeles and Our Lady of Solitude, both in Los Angeles, and as a resident at Casa Claret in Rancho Dominguez.
Deacon Richard Acquaviva died Friday, May 4, 2018. Deacon Dick, as he was known, was ordained permanent deacon in 1982, and served the Catholic Community of St. Clare of Assisi Church in Santa Clarita until his retirement.
Father Fernando Iglesias died Saturday, April 23, 2018. Father Iglesias was a diocesan priest in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles from 1956-2003. He served as pastor at several parishes, including Holy Family Church in Wilmington, St. Philip Neri in Lynwood, and St. Mariana de Paredes Church in Pico Rivera.
Father Thomas Joyce, CMF died Friday, April 6, 2018. Father Joyce became a Claretian Missionary in 1951, and was ordained as a priest in 1959. He spent time in Rome, Germany, England, Washington, D.C., Jamaica, and Chicago, before requesting a move to the Dominguez Seminary in Rancho Dominguez. He was active in the Congregational programs of Justice, Creation and Integrity of life.
Monsignor Patrick Reilly died Wednesday, April 4, 2018. Msgr. Reilly served in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles from 1958 until his retirement. He was the associate pastor at several parishes, including Nativity Catholic Church, and Pastor Emeritus at St. Robert Bellarmine Catholic Church in Burbank.
Father Edward Landreau died Saturday, March 31, 2018. Father Landreau was a diocesan priest in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles from 1957-2015, and served as associate pastor at several parishes, including St. Catherine Laboure in Torrance. He also served as administrator and Pastor Emeritus at St. Frances of Rome in Azusa.
Father Diosdado Martin died Tuesday, March 27, 2018. Father Martin was ordained in 1966 and retired in 2013. During his time in the Archdiocese, he served as the pastor of a number of parishes, including All Souls Church in Alhambra.
Father James Stephen Tucker died Friday, March 23, 2018. Father Tucker was ordained in 1969, and served as the associate pastor at both St. Euphrasia in Granada Hills and Our Lady of Lourdes in Tujunga. He was released to the Society of Priest of St. Sulpice, and remained incardinated in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles.
Father Luigi Zanotto, M.C.C.J. died Saturday, March 17, 2018. Father Zanotto was a religious order priest, and served the Archdiocese of Los Angeles from 1992 to 2007 as associate pastor and pastor for St. Albert the Great Church in Rancho Dominguez, and pastor at St. Cecilia Church in Los Angeles.
Father Rody Ignatius Gorman, pastor emeritus of St. Matthias Church in Huntington Park, died on Wednesday, March, 14, 2018. Father Gorman was ordained in 1955, and served as associate pastor in many parishes in the area, including Our Lady of Refuge in Long Beach. He was the administrator pro tem at both St. Helen Church in South Gate and St. Matthias.
Father Roderic M. Guerrini, pastor emeritus of St. Mark Church in Venice, died on Wednesday, March 14, 2018. Father Guerrini was a diocesan priest in Los Angeles from 1976 to 2009. He served as the associate pastor at Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Santa Clarita, and the pastor of St. Mark Catholic Church in Venice.
Father Thomas James Peacha, pastor emeritus of Holy Trinity Church in Los Angeles, died on Sunday, March 4, 2018. Father Peacha was ordained in 1959, and served the Archdiocese of Los Angeles until his retirement in 2016. He was associate pastor at several parishes, including St. Basil Catholic Church in Los Angeles, and was the pastor at both St. Cecilia Church and Holy Trinity Church in Los Angeles.
Father Ernest N. Candelaria, CSJ, died on Thursday, March 1, 2018. Father Ernest was ordained in 1958, and served in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles as a teacher at Paraclete High School and Lancaster, an associate pastor at St. Peter Church in San Pedro and Casa Nazareth Church in Los Angeles, and as an administrator at St. Junípero Serra Church in Los Angeles.
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