Obituaries 05/09/14

Fr. Gary Klauer, OFM Conv.

Fr. Gary Klauer, OFM Conv.

Funeral Mass was held April 29 at St. Catherine Laboure Church in Torrance for Conventual Franciscan Father Gary Klauer, 68, who died April 22 in his home city of San Pablo after flying back to California from a visit to Vietnam, where he suddenly fell ill due to complications from a liver condition.

A native of Los Angeles, Father Klauer attended St. Catherine Laboure School and Bishop Montgomery High School. He joined the Conventual Franciscan friars who had taught at Bishop Montgomery, professing his first vows in 1966. After attending Loyola University in Chicago, he completed theological studies in Toronto, and was ordained to the priesthood on April 5, 1975. He observed his 39th anniversary of ordination while hospitalized in Vietnam with the local Vietnamese Franciscan community at his bedside.

Father Klauer taught at Bishop Montgomery from 1975 to 1988, celebrating numerous weddings, baptisms and funerals for school alumni through the years and enthusiastically attending campus athletic events. He then ministered as a chaplain at Little Company of Mary Hospital in Torrance (1988-97), where he was a comforting spiritual presence to numerous patients and their family members.

During these two assignments, he also served as the local superior of St. Bonaventure Friary in Torrance, and as pastor and superior of the community at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church in Hermosa Beach (1997-2007). He was pastor and guardian of St. Paul the Apostle Church in San Pablo from 2007 until his death. Since 2005, he had also served as the vicar provincial of St. Joseph of Cupertino Province.

Father Klauer was a founding member of the California Province of the Franciscans when it was formed in 1981. In 2001, he was among the first to be inducted into the Bishop Montgomery Hall of Fame for his many years of teaching, support of the school and his positive impact on the South Bay community.

He is survived by his siblings: Sally Wright, Diane Kurz (Jerry), Patricia Klauer, Joe Klauer (Arlette) and Barbara Redmond (Richard). Burial was in the Province’s cemetery in Arroyo Grande. Memorial donations may be made to the Conventual Franciscans’ Mission in Vietnam: www.franciscanfriars.org.


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Seeking the face of God in the Scriptures

Archbishop José H. Gomez

Prayer is seeking the face of God. The Catechism of the Catholic Church recalls the story of how St. John Vianney once found a peasant praying in front of the Blessed Sacrament. The saint asked him what he was doing, and the man replied: “I look at him and he looks at me.”

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  • Friday, February 12

    St. Clare’s Lenten Fish Fry, Dinner will be served 4:30 - 8 p.m. on Fridays, Feb. 12, 19 and 26, and March 4, 11 and 18, St. Clare Church, 19606 Calla Way, Canyon Country. Dine in or take out. Price is $9 for two-piece dinner, $10 for three-piece dinner. For information, call (661) 252-3353, or visit www.st-clare.org.

     

    St. Luke the Evangelist Lenten Fish Dinner and Stations of the Cross, Dinner 5:30-7 p.m. in the parish hall, Stations at 7 p.m. in the Church. 5605 Cloverly Avenue, Temple City. Donation: Adults: $11; Seniors 65 and Older: $10; Children 7-14 Years Old: $7; Children 6 Years Old and Under: $2. Guests are encouraged to bring a canned food donation for the parish’s food pantry, organized by the Society of St. Vincent de Paul. (602) 291-5900. stluketemplecity.org  

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