The students and faculty of Chaminade College Preparatory in West Hills are mourning the loss of a religious brother who energetically served for more than 20 years on the school’s campus ministry, discussing social justice issues with the students as well as his beloved Los Angeles Dodgers baseball team.

Brother Francis “Skip” Matthews, a religious of the Society of Mary, passed away on Dec. 14 in Cupertino, California, after 57 years of service to the Catholic Church. He was 77 years old.

Also known for his care of the homeless through his frequent visits to Skid Row and shelters, Brother Skip was a “true inspiration, mentor and confidant” to the faculty and staff at Chaminade, said school principal Mike Valentine, adding, “To the students he was the official greeter, the one who woke them up and started their day with an encouraging word and a smile.” 

The funeral service took place Dec. 20 at the Chapel of the Marianist Community in Cupertino. 

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