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.


Voices

‘Digging a well together’

Father Ronald Rolheiser, OMI

Christian de Cherge, the Trappist Abbott who was martyred in Algeria in 1996, was fond of sharing this story: He had a very close Muslim friend, Mohammed, and the two of them used to pray together, even as they remained aware of their differences as Muslim and Christian.  

Aware too that certain schools of thought, both Muslim and Christian, warn against this type of prayer out of a sense that the various faiths are not praying to the same God, the two of them didn’t call their sessions together prayer. Rather they imagined themselves as “digging a well together.”

 

 

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January 31, 2015

  • Saturday, January 31

    Nine-Hour Novena and Mass, 6:45 a.m., Saint Joseph the Worker Church, 19855 Shermann Way, Winnetka. Sponsored by the Infant Jesus of Prague Apostolic Group. For more information, contact Leo, (818) 633-3926. www.IJPAG.com

    Nun Run 5K, 8 a.m., Race starts on Dover Ave. in Thousand Oaks. Registration $25-35 and includes Nun Run T-shirt and pancake breakfast. For more information, email events@sndca.org or visit www.sndca.org/nunrun.

    Charismatic Mass with Healing Service, 8:30 a.m., St. Luke’s Catholic Church, 9451 Broadway, Temple City. Mass will be celebrated by Father Mark Strader.

     

     

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