|FAREWELL FATHER FRANCIS MENDOZA
Dear Cathedral Family
For the past four years, Fr. Francis has graced the Cathedral’s sacred spaces showing us the way to Jesus Christ. When he arrived on that
first Sunday in July 2007, I presented him with a large towel, embroidered with the words, “Foot Washer Francis.” His ministry was to
wash the feet of the Cathedral community.
In his love and care for the liturgy of the Church, in his preparations as Presider, Homilist,
Teacher, Confessor, in his outreach to Young Adults, RCIA, Faith Formation, Cathedral Volunteers, Parishioners and Pilgrims, Fr. Francis
leaves a towel well used and very worn.
I am also personally grateful to Fr. Francis for his priestly and brotherly care in welcoming Archbishop José Gomez and helping ease
Cardinal Mahony into retirement. His gentle and kind spirit helped tremendously with these transitions.
Fr. Francis’ last Sunday here
at the Cathedral will be July 3rd, and a reception in his honor will be held after all the Masses.
On July 4th, Fr. Francis will commence
his new ministry as Administrator Pro Tempore to the communities of St. Columbkille and Nativity Parishes in South Los Angeles.
To Fr. Francis Mendoza, I would simply say: “Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.” In your own words, “It’s all good”!
Vaya con Dios! Go with God!
Love and Prayers in the Risen Christ,
Msgr. Kevin Kostelnik, Pastor