OLA Celebrates Fr. Michael’s Jubilee

On Saturday, October 18th, the Our Lady of Angels Parish and the Capuchin Franciscans Western America Province celebrated Fr. Michael’s Jubilee. Fr. Michael’s Jubilee marks his 50 year milestone since his first profession of vows. Congratulations Fr. Michael and thank you for your steadfast service to the Parish and the Province!

On Saturday evening, October 18, 2014, over 1000 parishioners of Our Lady of Angels Parish, Burlingame, celebrated the Golden Jubilee of Fr. Michael Mahoney as a Capuchin Franciscan. The festivities began with a Mass concelebrated by Fathers Michael, Brian, Flavian OFM Cap, and Fr. John Ryan from St. Catherine’s Parish in Burlingame. After mass guests moved to the OLA Gym for dinner and entertainment. Walter Bankovich served as Master of Ceremonies at the event which featured Irish dancing, festive music, and a slide show presentation of Fr. Michael’s life. Burlingame Council woman Ann Keighran was there to congratulate Fr. Michael at the celebration.

In his homily, Fr. Michael talked about his vocation growing up in Co. Cork, Ireland. He came from a parish in Ireland where eighty young men had become priests and recalled his two Capuchin uncles, Father Alfred, who served in Zambia and Father Emilian, who at one time was stationed at Our Lady of Angels. Fr. Michael attended the Capuchin High School in Cork with Fr. Donal Burke, and he entered the Capuchin Order in September 1964. Fr. Michael received the habit of the Capuchin Franciscans on October 3, 1964, and was ordained a priest in Ireland on June 9, 1974. Following that, he served as a psychologist with the Department of Justice in Dublin, Limerick, and Cork. Four years later, he was assigned to California Vice- Province of the Capuchins. He has ministered at Our Lady of Angels, Burlingame, St. Francis Parish Silverlake, Los Angeles, and Old Mission Santa Ines in Solvang and was Director of postulants for the Capuchins for one year.

One parishioner remarked, “From the get-go, Fr. Michael has been a people person, very caring and interested.” He obtained a license in Marriage and Family Therapy and studied the Spanish language to enhance his ministry. In fact, parish life is Michael’s life—not to mention golf tournaments, 49er games, donkey rides on Palm Sunday, and animal blessings. Available to school and CCD children, youth, young adults, families and seniors, in good times and bad, in times of trial, sickness or bereavement, when there is fun to be had, Fr. Michael Mahoney is there! Ad multos annos, Father Michael!

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