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Father Flavian Welstead, OFM Cap.

December 14, 2017

20 FrFlavian THUMBCapuchin Father Flavian Welstead died Dec. 4 at Peninsula Hospital, Burlingame. He was 78 years old, a Capuchin for 58 years, and a priest for 50 years.

Father Flavian has served in ministry in Burlingame for more than 30 years as a parochial vicar at Our Lady of Angels Parish, which has been entrusted to the Capuchins since its 1926 founding, and in administrative roles for his congregation.

Born in Ireland, Father Flavian served at the Irish Capuchin Mission in Zambia, Africa, before coming to the United States in 1973 where assignments included his congregation’s St. Francis High School in La Canada and parishes in Oregon.

“Flavian was very outgoing. He easily made friends and was able to gather a strong support team for whatever task he was about, whether it be youth ministry, spiritual retreat programs or development fundraising,” the Capuchins said in a statement. “Flavian was very hospitable to all and he loved the people he served.”

Survivors include his sisters Jane O’Brien and Marie Furlong.

A funeral Mass was celebrated Dec. 12 at Our Lady of Angels Church. Interment was in the Capuchins’ San Lorenzo Friary cemetery in Santa Ynez.

Remembrances may be made to the Capuchin Brothers Legacy Circle, 1345 Cortez Ave., Burlingame 94010.

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