29 Jan 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!
1. I professed temporary vows on July 13, 2013 at Old Mission Santa Inés in Solvang, CA.
2. I professed perpetual vows on April 29, 2017 at San Lorenzo Seminary in Santa Ynez, CA.
3. I am a lay brother.
4. I am from Van Nuys, CA.
5. Before I was accepted to be a postulant, I enrolled in community college courses at Los Angeles Valley College and East Los Angeles College. I was majoring in philosophy. My goal was to begin studies while I applied as a postulant to the Order.
6. After graduating from high school, I asked God who I was, what I was meant to do. While I was going to Mass daily and frequently received the sacrament of reconciliation, I discerned that God called me to this way of life. I was accepted as a postulant in 2011 and then entered the Order in 2012 at the San Lorenzo Seminary novitiate in California. During temporary vows, I studied philosophy at St. Mary’s College of California in Moraga. After I graduated and professed perpetual vows, I studied theology online with the University of Notre Dame and was assigned to be the caretaker of our older brother Joe Slominiski at San Lorenzo Seminary.
7. Currently, I am the guardian at Old Mission Santa Inés and the caregiver of Br. Joe Slominski, O.F.M. Cap.
8. My favorite Capuchin saint is Padre Pio. I frequently prayed to him when I was discerning religious life.
9. I am a certified catechist. I enjoy learning about computer innovations for gaming and eating with the brothers at In-N-Out or Jack in the Box.