Obituaries - 06/20/2014

Msgr. John Young

Msgr. John Young, Holy Cross pastor Emeritus

Funeral Mass was held June 14 at St. Joseph Church in Roseburg, Oregon, for Msgr. John Melvin Young, 91, retired pastor emeritus of Holy Cross Church, Santa Barbara, who died June 4.

Msgr. Young was ordained for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles on May 3, 1947. During his 49 years of priestly ministry, he was an associate pastor at All Saints, St. Anselm and St. Gregory Nazianzen in Los Angeles, and administrator at St. Catherine Laboure, Torrance.

He served as pastor at St. Eugene, Los Angeles; St. Bridget of Sweden, Van Nuys; Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Downey; and Holy Cross. Elevated to prelate of honor (monsignor) in 1978, he served on the board of consultors and as dean of Deanery 17.

Msgr. Young retired from active assignments in 1997, but continued to assist and fill in for other priests in the archdiocese, as well as in the Dioceses of San Diego and Portland, Oregon. In 2009, he moved to Roseburg, where many of his family members reside. He served at St. Joseph in Roseburg and St. Frances in Sutherlin until this past year.

According to family and friends, Msgr. Young was known for his sociability and pleasantness; for his homilies that were short and to the point; and for trips he led to the Holy Land. Condolences may be sent to the Family of Msgr. Young in care of his niece, Ms. Brigid Kannaday, 1667 NW Lynwood St., Roseburg, OR 97471.


Fr. Robert Golish, MM

Funeral Mass was held May 30 at the Maryknoll Mission Center in Ossining, New York, for Maryknoll Father Robert Golish, 90, who died at Maryknoll’s Mission St. Teresa’s residence on May 22. He had been a Maryknoll priest for 60 years, serving in Peru, Brazil, Rome and the U.S.

Born in Los Angeles, he graduated from Cathedral High School and attended the Los Angeles Junior Seminary for one year. He then entered Maryknoll Junior Seminary in Los Altos and later earned a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from Maryknoll Seminary in Ossining.

After ordination on June 13, 1943, Father Golish was missioned to Peru. Among other assignments, he served in the San Juan Bautista parish in Puno, where he ministered mostly to the Aymara people and directed the school and hospital ministry. He returned to the U.S. in 1959, where he was assigned to Maryknoll’s promotion department serving in Chicago and Los Angeles.

In 1970, he was re-assigned to the Maryknoll Mission in Peru. He served as pastor of Parroquia De Nuestra Señora Del Pilar in Arequipa and also helped establish the Team for Human Development that provides preschool training for the children of the poor, identifies and trains community leaders and coordinates community projects. In 1983, he volunteered for the new Maryknoll Brazil Mission Unit in the Eastern Zone of Sao Paulo.

He was appointed assistant procurator general in 1988, living at Collegio Maryknoll in Rome and became procurator general of the Maryknoll Society in 1990. Six years later, he was again assigned to Peru, where he ministered until returning to the U.S. in 1997 to serve at Holy Spirit Parish in San Diego. He continued in this ministry until he moved to Maryknoll’s St. Teresa’s residence in 2001, officially retiring in 2006.

Father Golish is survived by his sister, Virginia Smith of California, and several nieces and nephews. Burial was in the Maryknoll Society Cemetery in Ossining. Memorial donations may be made to the Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers, P.O. Box 302, Maryknoll, New York 10545.



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