Msgr. Alfred Hernández, pastor emeritus of St. Ignatius, dies
Funeral Mass was held May 30 at St. Ignatius of Loyola Church in Highland Park for Msgr. Alfred Hernández, pastor emeritus, who died May 26.
Ministering locally for 41 years before retiring in 1996 (following 18 years as pastor of St. Ignatius) he was part of the largest class of ordinands (31) in the history of the archdiocese.
Born in East Los Angeles, Msgr. Hernández graduated from St. Mary School, Los Angeles, and attended Mount Carmel High School for two years before entering Los Angeles College (the former minor seminary). He graduated from St. John’s College and Seminary and was ordained April 27, 1955.
He spent much of his priesthood as a chaplain at juvenile detention facilities and hospitals throughout the archdiocese, while also serving as an associate pastor at numerous parishes. Among them: St. Anne (Santa Monica), St. Camillus (L.A.), St. Joseph (La Puente), Resurrection (East LA) and San Antonio de Padua (L.A.).
In 1975, he was named a Chaplain of His Holiness (monsignor), and in 1978 was named pastor of St. Ignatius. Additionally, he was part of numerous archdiocesan/clergy committees, and also served as coordinator of the archdiocesan Spanish-speaking apostolate.
Msgr. Hernández kept active at the Hollenbeck Palms convalescent home in Boyle Heights, where he lived the last few years. He told The Tidings at last year’s annual Retired Priests luncheon at the Cathedral that his non-sectarian rest home was like having a little parish. When he moved in, he was invited by the staff to hold a Sunday Mass, attended by about 40 residents.
“You’re retired but not from priestly work,” said Msgr. Hernández, holding one of the rosaries handmade by his former parishioners that he enjoyed handing out to people. “You have to perform your ministry. I meet a lot of people who are not practicing, and it’s an occasion to bring them back to the Church.”
“He was a very kind man, very patient and always had time for everybody,” said Fr. Edwin Duyshart, pastor of St. Ignatius. “He loved being a priest.”
Surviving family members include his sister, Yolanda, and his brother, Edward, and their families. Interment was at Calvary Cemetery, Los Angeles.
Fr. Jorge Augusto Pe√±aloza Serpa
Funeral Mass will be held June 6, 11 a.m., at St. Francis Xavier Church, Pico Rivera, for Father Jorge Augusto Pe√±aloza Serpa, 82, who died May 28. Father Pe√±aloza served in the archdiocese for 32 years before his retirement.
Born in Huancavelica, Per√∫, he was ordained on Feb. 11, 1960, and incardinated in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles in 1985. Among his assignments, he served as associate pastor of Immaculate Conception Church in Los Angeles; chaplain of Cathedral High School; administrator pro-tem of Our Lady of Loretto Church in Los Angeles; chaplain of Movimiento Familiar Cristiano; and as director of the Catholic Maritime in San Pedro. From 1989-2006, he was pastor at St. Francis Xavier, becoming pastor emeritus upon his retirement.
Vigil services will be held at St. Francis Xavier on June 5, 7 p.m. Condolences may be sent to the Family of Father Pe√±aloza c/o St. Francis Xavier Church. Interment will follow the funeral at Resurrection Cemetery and Mausoleum in Montebello.
Sr. Mary Dominic Bussino, OP
Funeral Mass was held April 24 at the Monastery of the Angels in Hollywood for Dominican Sister Mary Dominic Bussino, who died April 21.
After graduating from Immaculate Heart College, she taught at several grammar schools in Los Angeles. In 1962, following a pilgrimage to Rome and the Holy Land, she entered the Monastery of the Angels, where she served as prioress and novice mistress over a number of years.
Sister Bussino died in the 50th jubilee year of her profession, which will be celebrated In Memoriam at the Monastery on Aug. 24, on which day will also be celebrated the 90th year of the foundation of the Monastery.
Manuel A. Martinez
Funeral Mass was held June 4 at St. Francis of Assisi Church in Fillmore for Manuel A. Martinez, who died May 25 at Maywood Acres Health Care facility in Oxnard. Surviving family members include Deacon Manny Martinez, Friar of the Sick Poor, archdiocesan director of deacons in ministry.
Sr. Mary Lynn Liederbach, SND
Funeral Mass was held June 4 at the Sisters of Notre Dame Chapel in Thousand Oaks for Sister of Notre Dame Mary Lynn Liederbach, 85, who died May 27.
Born in Cleveland, she entered the Sisters of Notre Dame on Sept. 8, 1946, after graduating from Notre Dame Academy. She earned an MA in economics from Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., as well as a second MA in library science from Western Reserve University in Cleveland. She then taught high school in the Cleveland and Elyria areas before coming to California in 1960, where she continued her ministry in higher education.
Sister Liederbach served first as an instructor and later director at Pilarica College in Thousand Oaks. From 1965-1970 and again from 1975-1984, she was assigned to St. Matthias High School in Huntington Park as both a teacher of economics and librarian as well as moderator of the Library Club.
After joining the provincial house community at Notre Dame Center in Thousand Oaks, she became involved in what would become her “passion” — Detention Ministry. She made pastoral visits to a number of prisons and/or jails in the area, where she became friends with many of the inmates. As an outgrowth of this ministry, she became involved with “Get on the Bus,” providing free transportation for children to visit their incarcerated parents for Mother’s or Father’s Day.
Sister Liederbach is survived by her sister, Jean Goebel, of North Carolina, and twin brothers, Theodore and Thomas Liederbach of Cleveland, as well as cousins, Mary Baur of Los Angeles and Mary Jo Elkins of Chino, and many nieces, nephews and cousins. Burial was at Assumption Cemetery in Simi Valley. Memorial donations may be made to the Sisters of Notre Dame.
Funeral Mass was celebrated June 2 at St. Martha Church, Murrieta for Martin Robert (Marty) Shaughnessy, former football coach at Loyola High School, who May 21 from cancer at age 71.
A former football player at St. Paul High in Santa Fe Springs, Shaughnessy coached at Loyola from 1973 to 1975, winning the 1975 CIF-AAAA championship with a 13-0 record and in the title game beating St. Paul, coached by Shaughnessy’s mentor, the legendary Marijon Ancich.
Shaughnessy — who also taught math at Loyola — posted a three-year record of 27-6, after Loyola had gone 0-9 in 1972. He left Loyola to take over the head job at Long Beach City College, where he served briefly before retiring from coaching and going into private business.
A native of Pennsylvania, he is survived by his wife Patricia, sons Robert and Gregory, two brothers, four sisters, and two grandchildren.