Mar 20, 2007

+ Rest in peace, Father Daniel Johnson +

Today's L.A. Times carries the obituary (click on this post's title) of widely beloved Fr. Daniel Johnson, the pastor of St. Mary's by the Sea Parish in Huntington Beach from 1978 to 2004. He died of cancer Sunday in Santa Teresita Hospital in Duarte at age 77.

closedcafeteria.blogspot.com has a fine remembrance of holy, zealous, hardworking and pro-life Fr. Johnson.

Fr. Johnson said the Tridentine Latin Mass at St. Mary's on Sundays and Holy Days and led Eucharistic and Rosary processions around Huntington Beach, with the Rosary prayed in Latin and with Catholic hymns sung in Latin. He brought many people back to the Church.

The Times says Fr. Johnson's funeral Mass will be in Latin. Una Voce of Orange County will post information on the funeral at: http://www.uvoc.org/


We can imagine Jesus welcoming Fr. Daniel Johnson into Paradise with the words He spoke in St. Luke 19:17: "Euge, bone serve" -- "Well done, thou good and faithful servant."

Let us pray for the repose of Fr. Daniel Johnson's noble soul:

+ Ave Maria, gratia plena, Dominus tecum. Benedicta tu in mulieribus, et benedictus fructus ventris tui, Iesus. Sancta Maria, Mater Dei, ora pro nobis peccatoribus, nunc et in hora mortis nostrae. Amen. +

3 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

The contrast between this post and the previous one could not be more striking.

On the one hand, you have a holy priest like Father Johnson, who labored humbly and quietly in a tiny, little corner of the Vineyard with a burning zeal for souls animating his priestly heart.

On the other hand, in the previous post, you have another numbing chapter in a long, sordid tale of disgrace; the story of Fr. Coffey, a perverted man who happened to be a priest, and a cardinal archbishop who seeks to obfuscate the truth at every turn.

The contrast is stunning.

Father Johnson, a holy priest of God, without a whiff of scandal, going about the business of saving souls, noticed by few but influencing many.

Cardinal Mahony, a powerful prelate, surrounded by scandal, going about the business of challenging subpoenas and filing court appeals,
noticed by many and casting a baneful influence on the Church.

12:16 PM  
Blogger Quintero said...

Dear Anonymous 12:16 p.m.,

Thank you for writing. Your beautiful words about Father Daniel Johnson, God rest his soul, sum up his priesthood so well, and surely they will console his parishioners and many friends:

"A holy priest of God"

"Labored humbly and quietly in a tiny, little corner of the Vineyard"

"A burning zeal for souls animating his priestly heart"

"Going about the business of saving souls, noticed by few but influencing many."

We must all pray for our priests and bishops every day...

(By the way, the priest's name is Caffoe, not Coffey; I do not know if there is a priest locally named Coffey, but we would not want to misidentify anyone, of course.)

6:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Quintero,

Oops! Sorry about mis-spelling that priest's name
(Fr. Caffoe).
You're right, I wouldn't want to misidentify anyone, especially in this situation.

I will pray for the poor man, he needs it!

9:19 PM  

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