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.


Things beyond our imagination

Father Ronald Rolheiser, OMI

Recently, at an academic dinner, I was sitting across the table from a nuclear scientist. At one point, I asked him this question: Do you believe that there’s human life on other planets? His answer surprised me: “As a scientist, no, I don’t believe there’s human life on another planet.


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October 3, 2015

  • Saturday, October 3

    “The Life Beyond the Veil of Death,” 12:30 a.m.-4 p.m., SCRC Center, 9795 Cabrini Dr., Burbank. $15. (818) 771-1361, 

    Blessing of the Animals, 9 a.m., St. Pancratius Church, 3519 St. Pancratius Pl., Lakewood. Water and treats available. (562) 634-6111.

    Public Square Rosary, 12-1 p.m., Torrance Crossroads, 24427 Crenshaw Blvd., Torrance. Look for the American flag and an “America Needs Fatima” banner. For more information, contact Linda Neal, (310) 539-2211.

    Blessing of the Animals, 2 p.m., St. Francis High School, 200 Foothill Blvd., La Cañada Flintridge. Pet owners throughout the community are invited to bring their pets. All pets should be on a leash or easily contained and will receive a special gift bag. The blessing is held near the Feast of St. Francis, the patron saint of animals, to honor his love of nature and all God’s creatures. For more information, call Joe Kim, (818) 790-0325, ext. 626.

    “Enchanted Evening,” Silent Auction: 5:30 p.m., Dinner: 7 p.m., Palos Verdes Country Club, 3301 Via Campesina, Palos Verdes Estates. Hosted by the Auxiliary of the Little Sisters of the Sick Poor. $175. (310) 548-0625 ext. 211. 

    Movie Screening: "Courage to Love," 6-9 p.m., St. Agatha Hall, 2646 S Mansfield Ave., Los Angeles. "Courage to Love" is the story of Venerable Henriette Delille, SHF. Louisiana food, books and t-shirts will be available for sale, with all proceeds going to the Sisters of the Holy Family in New Orleans, Louisiana. For more information, call Enrique (323) 935-8127.

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