|Future Bishop Juan Arzube in his youth.|
33 years ago today, I received the Sacrament of Confirmation at the hands of +Juan Arzube, then an auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, at the parish of St. Catherine of Siena in Reseda, California. Bishop Arzube died Christmas Day of 2007 at the age of 89.
It is good to remember, and pray for, the priests at whose hands you received your first Sacraments. I received all mine (to date -- still haven't received the Sacrament of Matrimony) in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. I was baptized by Rev. (later Msgr.) Austin J. Greene in November of 1970 at St. Joseph the Worker parish, then in Canoga Park, now Winnetka, California. I made my first confession to Fr. Sergius Propst, O.P. in 1978 at the aforementioned St. Catherine of Siena, and received my First Holy Communion the same year and at the same parish from Fr. Richard McCarthy. Fr. Propst is still living and still in ministry. I am unable to find out how Msgr. Greene turned out, though I see that the convention hall of the parish he founded is named in his honor. Fr. McCarthy, a native of Ireland, left the priesthood not long after my first Communion. Bishop Arzube was unfortunately dogged in his later years by sex abuse allegations, which he denied, but which formed part of a monster settlement by the Archdiocese.