Obituaries 04/25/14

Fr. Art Johnson, SA

Fr. Art Johnson, SA

Funeral Mass was celebrated April 24 in Havertown, Pa., for Franciscan Friar of the Atonement Art Johnson, 64, who died on March 26 at a skilled nursing home in Florida. 

A Pennsylvania native, Father Johnson was formerly assistant director for Ecumenical & Interreligious Affairs for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. In 1999, he was elected Minister General of the Franciscan Friars of the Atonement, serving their ministries in the U.S., Canada, Japan, England and Italy. Earlier, he was president and CEO of St. Joseph’s Rehabilitation Center in Saranac Lake, N.Y.

He entered the Franciscan Friars of the Atonement in 1970, and was ordained a priest in 1977. He earned a Master’s in Educational and Pastoral Ministries from Emmanuel College in Boston; a Master’s in Theology from Catholic University in Washington; and a certificate in Alcohol/Drug Studies from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles.


Agnes “Bernice” Elewaut

Funeral Mass was celebrated April 23 at Mission San Buenaventura in Ventura for Agnes “Bernice” Earhart Elewaut, 96, who died April 16. She was the mother of Father Tom Elewaut, pastor of Mission San Buenaventura, who presided at the funeral.

She is also survived by her children Barbara Wagstaff, Rosemary (Jeffrey) Pietrowski, Robert (Lorraine) Elewaut and Richard (Teresa) Elewaut; nine grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren; a sister and a sister-in-law; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Internment was at Santa Clara Cemetery, Oxnard. Donations may be made to Holy Cross School, Ventura; Bishop Garcia Diego High School, Santa Barbara; or St. Joseph High School, Santa Maria.


A blaze of praise

Father Ed Benioff

If you say nice things about my preaching — or my writing, or my shoes — I have to admit, I’ll be pleased. I’ll remember what you said. Pay me a compliment, and it may even change the course of my day. That’s the power of praise when it’s directed at another human being. For a moment, it makes us feel like we’re the object of admiration and even love.


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November 26, 2015

  • Thursday, November 26

    Thanksgiving Day Dinner, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., St. Finbar Church, 2010 W Olive Ave., Burbank. All are welcome to join for food, fellowship and the sincere celebration of God’s goodness on Thanksgiving Day. Featuring a buffet-style turkey dinner and dessert. Free. (818) 846-6251.

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