30 Year Anniversary
30 years ago tomorrow I was ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. I have been blessed to serve in a variety of parishes. After ordination I served for 5 years as Associate Pastor of St. Joseph the Worker (Canoga Park), then 2 1/2 years as Associate Pastor at Our Lady of Guadalupe (Hammel Street in East Los Angeles). I was then asked to Pastor another Our Lady of Guadalupe (Rosehill, near El Sereno in Los Angeles) where I remained for over 8 years. I was then sent to Sacred Heart (Lancaster) where I was Pastor for 11 years, followed by 1 year at St. Kateri Tekakwitha (Santa Clarita), 1 year at St. Anselm (South Los Angeles) and now Pastor here at St. Rita Church.
Pentecost Sunday is a celebration of the fire/passion of the early church which initiated the great evangelization of our Church. I love sharing our faith, being a person of faith and leading others into the deeper waters of God’s unconditional love. The movement begun on Pentecost is now our task. As priest and pastor I hope I inspire you to live more faithfully, love more tenderly and walk more graciously.
Those sentiments were contained in my ordination Scripture verse which was from the prophet Micah 6:8: “This is what Yahweh asks of you, only this: to act justly, to love tenderly, and to walk humbly with your God.”
May God’s Spirit, the Spirit of Pentecost, enable us all to reflect this verse of Micah. Blessings on you all.