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Father Arturo Albano named cathedral pastor and rector

February 13, 2015
Tom Burke

Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone announced the appointment of Father Arturo L. Albano as pastor and rector of Cathedral of St. Mary of the Assumption in San Francisco Feb. 4. Father Albano has served as pastor of Mission Dolores Basilica since 2007. His appointment at the cathedral is effective July 1.

Father Albano was ordained June 20, 1974, in the Philippines coming to the United States in 1979. He has served as a parochial vicar at parishes including St. Cecilia, San Francisco; St. Luke, Foster City; Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Daly City; Holy Angels, Colma and Mater Dolorosa, South San Francisco. In addition to Mission Dolores, he has served as pastor of St. Timothy, San Mateo.

“I was already looking forward to retiring after four more years at Mission Dolores, but God has called me to a new turning point in my ministerial life,” Father Albano told Catholic San Francisco. “As the old saying goes: ‘Man proposes but God disposes.’”

There have been five priests in Father Albano’s family and he is one of the three still in active ministry. “My parents, now deceased, were actively involved in my hometown parish,” he said. “I believe all these factors contributed to my responding to God’s call when I entered the seminary at a young age of 11. Of course, at that age, no one can be so sure whether one will be a priest or not. But as the years rolled on, it became a continual ‘yes’ to God.”

“Every priestly ministry that I have fulfilled is a different spiritual experience whether it is celebrating the Eucharist or confessions or visiting the sick or praying with my fellow priests. But I should say that I have been deeply moved when a penitent comes to confession with a troubled look and leaves with a smile in the face reassured that God still loves that person.”

Father Albano said his appointment to the cathedral was a surprise. “I am still in a shock mode but I know that the Holy Spirit will guide me through. I know that it is a big responsibility. I am just a steward. I will do what I can and God will do the rest.”

“I will devote the first six months simply to get to know the people; to listen to them; to hope and to pray with them; to familiarize myself with their vision; to walk with them and to reassure them that God will always be there for us,” he said.

Father Raymund Reyes, vicar for clergy said: “Father Art is one of the Filipino-American priests in the archdiocese who brings so much pastoral experience from his work in the missions and many parishes. Wherever he went, he carried with him his loving and welcoming heart. The people he served respect him for his multilingual skills and many other talents. I believe he’ll do well in taking up the role as the new pastor and rector of our beloved St. Mary’s Cathedral.”

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