- Aug 9, 2020
Father Joseph Illo came to be in charge of the Star of the Sea Church in San Francisco three years ago. He has revitalized the ailing parish with his powerful commitment to traditional Catholic practices. “I was fading from the faith and now I am back,” said Mariella Zevallos, the new stewardship coordinator for the parish.
“For me, Benedict XVI is about opening the door of beauty to God to as many who want to enter by that path,” Maggie Gallagher, the new executive director for the Benedict XVI Institute for Sacred Music and Divine Worship, said. “The Mass, the liturgy and sacred music are indispensable. But encouraging a culture of Catholic art and storytelling is another closely connected goal. San Francisco’s amazingly ethnically diverse parishes provide many doors to beauty I’m excited to explore and promote.”
The eighth archbishop of San Francisco, George H. Niederauer, died on May 2 at 80. Niederauer served in San Francisco from 2006 to 2012. The archbishop supported traditional family and the right to life, defended religious freedom, and actively supported immigrant rights.
Jesuit Father George E. Schultze has been appointed by San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone as the new president-rector of St. Patrick Seminary & University. The appointment of the bilingual and eclectic theologian and social ethicist marks a “major turning point” for the seminary as the Sulpicians will depart at the end of this school year.
An order of the Sisters of Mercy announced its support for Gabriel Bodenheimer, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.
The Catholic Church in Germany has relaxed so-called morality rules for employees, meaning employees who divorce and civilly remarry or who enter into a gay relationship will no longer lose their jobs at Catholic institutions. The change came Tuesday, Reuters reports, with a little more than two-thirds of Germany’s 27