Oct 9, 2005

Historic mission parish gets interim leader


The death of Monsignor Patrick J. O'Brien left some large shoes to fill at San Buenaventura Mission, where the adored Irish priest presided for a quarter-century.

His interim replacement, for now, is walking gingerly. He's vowed to carry the torch of what O'Brien achieved -- not light his own -- and help parishioners grieve.

"My job, honestly and simply, is to love the people," said the Rev. Alexander Lewis, who befriended O'Brien and spent time at the historic Ventura mission three years ago while researching a book. "The big thing is to really be sensitive to what is already happening here."

Clayton Emmer over at THE WEIGHT OF GLORY will get a kick out of this. Check out his post on "Father Alexander" HERE.

Also, go HERE to see L.A. Catholic's post about the mission's new priest .


Anonymous Mike said...

I wonder if this means the Indult will be leaving the mission.

10:30 PM  
Anonymous Xochilt said...

Father "Alexander" will probably "do Mass" on the beach.

10:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It sounds like "cool" Father Lewis is planning on being something more than an "interim" pastor.

11:13 PM  
Anonymous sock said...

musical accompaniment

6:27 AM  
Anonymous Quintero said...


Thanks for the "happy" Father Alexander music. I hereby dub you the official L.A. Catholic D.J.

7:58 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I applaud the failed attempt to right a liturgical abuse. This scenario has played out myriads of times in the past 40 years.

Recently I had an opportunity to ask my pastor in a nonconfrontational way why we have not implemented Redemptionis Sacramentum. He said the bishop has chosen NOT to implement it (chosing to remain disobedient in other words) because we will wait for 'american adaptations'. he said that Rome does not understand how we do things here.

My heart breaks over the lack of love and respect for the Blessed Sacrament. Our Blessed Lord is so little loved in His Sacrament of Love.

Ave Maria!

10:38 AM  

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