Resident Pastors of this Church
Andrew Bonet C.R.
Francis Dougherty O.C.S.O.
Interregnum 1991 - 1994
James Marolus S.D.B.
Aylwin Francis Kanagaratnam
T. Robert Fulham
Father Andrew Bonet C.R. (1978 - 1983)
Andrew A. Bonet was born in Mallorca-Balearic Islands, Spain and pursued
his studies for the priesthood in that area of the country. In 1923 he
professed his religious vows in the Order of Clerics Regular (the
Theatine Fathers, an Order founded in 1524 whose main purpose was to be
the sanctification of the clergy and laity). Because of the approaching
Communist Revolution in Spain, Father Bonet was sent to Rome for the
completion of his theological studies and was ordained to the priesthood
there on August 14,1932.
some 17 years following his ordination Father Bonet did priestly work in
Italy, including a period of some seven years in which he was the
Director of the Theatine Seminary in Rome. In 1949 he was assigned by
his Order to work in the United States and, during the ensuing twenty
years, served in several parishes in Colorado and Mexico City, Mexico.
March, 1969 he resigned his position as pastor of a parish in the
Diocese of Pueblo, Colorado, (...) From 1969 until very
recently he has been serving as assistant pastor of Our Lady of
Guadalupe Church in Antonito, Colorado.
more could be written about Father Andrew Bonet but, at his request, we
have tried to keep this biography of him rather brief. Most of his
priestly life has been spent among the poor and humble. They, he writes,
are the people "he likes the best." Although now 72 years old,
he, in his own words, "drives often about 600 miles a day, goes to
bed about midnight and gets up at 5:30 every morning for Mass,
confessions, etc." Having been urged to retire, he has decided to
do so by joining and going to work for our ORCM!
Father Bonet has moved to Florida where be is now the pastor of our ORCM congregation in Spring Hill (Tampa area) and where, if all goes well, a chapel will soon be under construction. He will also serve our ORCM group in the Orlando area of Florida. It is indeed a distinct pleasure to receive Father Andrew Bonet into the ranks of our ORCM priests. May the good Lord grant him many more years of active priestly service to the cause of our God-given Faith!
December 20, 1978, Issue
No. 39, p.
Father Francis Dougherty O.C.S.O.
(1984 - 1991)
Father Francis Dougherty was born on
November 11, 1903 in Flatbush - Brooklyn, N.Y. He was the youngest of
eight children (three boys and five girls). His father and two brothers
were policemen. Three of his sisters were teachers, and one, Sister Mary
de Lourdes, was a Sister of Mercy for 58 years.
Father Francis Dougherty's elementary
consisted of four years with the Christian Brothers, two years in public
school, and two years in a parish school which was taught by Sisters of
St. Joseph. He attended a Jesuit high school with hopes of becoming a
Jesuit. However, at the end of his four years, .the Jesuits told him to
forget "books" and do some hard manual work. Therefore after
graduating from high school he worked on a farm, then handling freight
on the Pennsylvania Railroad, and finally for a mortgage company.
In 1932 he came across a Postulants Guide
for the Cistercian Monastery in Oka, Canada. He wrote to the nearest
Monastery which was located in Valley Falls, Rhode Island. The Prior,
Rev. John O'Connor, told him to have his teeth fixed and bring a pair of
work shoes. On January 3, 1933he went to the office of the Prior with
his shoes under his arm and said, "Reverend Father, I had my teeth
fixed". The Prior replied, "Sure, you don't need teeth for the
food we have here".
After one month he received the habit of a
novice - white robe, white scapular and cloth cincture. After two years
he made Simple Profession and received a black scapular and leather
belt. After another five years he made Solemn Professions.
Bishop Francis Patrick Keough of Providence
and later Archbishop of Baltimore ordained him with three other Monks on
March 25, 1944.
In July 1979, with
the help of two other monks he was able to obtain one and received a
"Celebret" showing that he was a priest in good standing.
On August 5, he went to the state of Florida (...) and his feeling today is best expressed in his own words: "If my peace of heart and the gratitude of people indicate God's Will, then I am doing it."
Source: ORCM Newsletter, December 23, 1979, Issue No. 46, p. 7
1991 - 1994
Period of no resident priests - various visiting priests assisted.
Father James Marolus S.D.B. (1994 -
Father Francis Kanagaratnam (1995 -