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Father Arturo Albano installed as cathedral pastor

August 28, 2015
Tom Burke

Father Arturo Albano was installed as pastor of St. Mary’s Cathedral, San Francisco Aug. 8 at an evening Mass. Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone was principal celebrant and homilist. Father Albano and Auxiliary Bishop William J. Justice concelebrated.

In remarks at the Mass after Communion, Father Albano called his appointment “a glorious moment” telling the assembly that while he had anticipated retiring “man proposes and God disposes so here I am.” He said his appointment was a “divine surprise” and he is grateful to Archbishop Cordileone for his “confidence and belief in me.”

The appointment puts “great responsibility and challenge on my shoulders” but I am “happy to face it all,” Father Albano told Catholic San Francisco.

Among those in attendance were uncles, aunts, cousins, nephews and grandnephews from as far as Germany, Canada, the Philippines and the state of Virginia. Special guests and gift bearers were Father Albano’s brother Joseph of Union City and his sister Ester Garcia, president of the University of the East in the Philippines. Their parents are deceased. More than 60 people who hail from Father Albano’s hometown of Dingras in the Philippines, most of whom now live in the United States, were also in the assembly.

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