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Archbishop lauds retired priests: ‘A treasure of wisdom’

20 missionaries.ADSF2017_Priests Retirement Luncheon-1 PAGEMissionaries of Charity novices provided music at the seventh annual St. John Vianney Luncheon, held Sept. 29 at St. Mary’s Cathedral event center. The annual event raises funds to support retired priests in the Archdiocese of San Francisco. (Photos by Dennis Callahan/Catholic San Francisco)


October 12, 2017
Valerie Schmalz

An enthusiastic crowd of more than 500 people turned out to support the retired priests who have served the Archdiocese of San Francisco at the St. John Vianney Luncheon on Sept. 29 at St. Mary’s Cathedral event center.

Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone thanked the retired priests for all their years of ministry, noting “just the treasure of wisdom there for their labor in the Lord’s vineyard.”

The archbishop used the occasion of the blessing of the meal to honor the retired priests, praying for God’s blessing “as we gather today to honor our retired priests who have given so generously with their entire lives in the church’s work of proclaiming the Gospel to all the world and of sanctification of the people you have made your own …We thank you for their witness and their goodness to the faithful of our archdiocese.”

The archbishop also prayed for those who “have fallen asleep in Christ.”

Archbishop Cordileone presented plaques to each of the Milestone Priest Honorees: Msgr. J. Warren Holleran, Father Thomas Madden, Father William A. O’Connell, Father Michele A. Raimondi, and Father Armand Oliveri, SDB. Cardinal William J. Levada also gave a short speech as part of a tribute to Frank Heffernan, a longtime supporter of the archdiocese, who recently died and the archbishop presented his wife Lenore with flowers. Sacred Heart Cathedral Preparatory musicians and the Missionaries of Charity novices provided music.

A total of 530 people attended the luncheon, the seventh, which raised just under $300,000 on Sept. 29. The luncheon was created to honor the retired priests and to raise money for the priests retirement fund, and in the past seven years has cleared $1.3 million for the fund, according to the archdiocesan development office.


20 honoree1.ADSF2017_Priests Retirement Luncheon-10 PAGEArchbishop Cordileone presents awards to five priests honored at the 2017 St. John Vianney Luncheon benefiting retired priests. Father Thomas Madden


20 honoree2.ADSF2017_Priests Retirement Luncheon-12 PAGEFather William A. O’Connell


20 honoree3.ADSF2017_Priests Retirement Luncheon-14 PAGESalesian Father Armand Oliveri


20 honoree4.ADSF2017_Priests Retirement Luncheon-13 PAGEMsgr. J. Warren Holleran


20 10.12.17_honoree5.ADSF2017_Priests Retirement Luncheon-16.raimondi PAGEFather Michele A. Raimondi


20 levada.hefferan.ADSF2017_Priests Retirement Luncheon-26 PAGELenore Heffernan, seated with Cardinal William J. Levada, and her late husband, Frank, were also honored.

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