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The Clergy

Rev. Michael Ume

Reverend Michael Ume
Pastor

 

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Reverend Gaylord Reyes
Associate Pastor

2005-2013

 

 

Former Pastors of St. Bernard's

Rev. Thomas Feltz

Reverend Thomas Feltz
Administrator (1995-1998), Pastor (1998-2004)

 

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Fr. Philip McGrath

Pastor (1975-1995)

 

 

Monsignor Michael Carthage Healy

Monsignor Healy

Pastor (1950-1975)

Monsignor Healy was born in County Cork, Ireland on October 4, 1906. He attended Mt. Melleray Seminary, Cappoquin, County Waterford and St. John’s College Waterford. On June 16, 1929, he was ordained to the sacred priesthood and came to this country in the fall of that year.

His first assignment was as assistant pastor at St. Clement Church, Santa Monica, California. He served as an associate pastor at St. Vibiana Cathedral and Immaculate Conception Church both in Los Angeles. His Pastorates included St Rosa of Lima (Simi Valley), St. Sebastian (Santa Paula) and St. Francis of Rome (Azusa). On March 14, 1950, His Eminence, James Francis Cardinal McIntyre, Archbishop of Los Angeles (1948-70) assigned Monsignor Healy as pastor of St. Bernard Parish in Bellflower.

The present St. Bernard Church and school were built during his pastorate. On May 5, 1974 His Holiness, Pope Paul VI, honored our pastor for his priestly labors by creating him a Prolate of Honor and bestowing upon him the title of 'Reverend Monsignor". His Eminence, Timothy Cardinal Manning, Archbishop of Los Angeles (1970-85) presented Monsignor Healy with his official scroll of appointment on June 3, 1974, during a mass at Immaculate Conception Church in Los Angeles.

In his loving mercy, Almighty God called Monsignor Healy from his priestly labors on July 14, 1975. His Requiem Mass was held at St Bernard’s on July 19, 1975, Bishop John J. Ward presided.

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Reverend Cornelius Sullivan
Pastor (1940-1950)

 

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Reverend Roger O'Shea
Pastor (1938-1940)

 

Father Michael Conneally | Photo Courtesy of Fr. Philip Conneally, SJ

Reverend Michael J. Conneally
Pastor (1937-1938)

Father Michael, ordained in All Hallows College, Drumcondra, Dublin, arrived in New York in October of 1895 on board the Germanic. It must have been a thrill and a half for his oldest brother, Tom, to see Michael, now a priest, join him in California.

Following an assignment at San Luis Obispo (the Diocese of Monterey-Los Angeles then covered the southern half of California), Michael was assigned as pastor of St. Francis de Sales Church, Riverside. But as the only priest in all of Riverside County, he went to seven different locations to say Mass for its 1,300 Catholics, including Elsinore, San Jacinto and Corona.

Indeed, it wasn't uncommon in the 1890s to see Father Michael riding into Corona from Riverside on a bicycle, with a suitcase on his back containing his vestment, chalice and altar dressing for Sunday Mass. He later served as pastor of Mary Star of the Sea in San Pedro, where in 1907 he hosted his kid brother Nicholas' first Mass after ordination.

Father Michael was "a wonderful, wonderful person," said his niece, Margaret Mary Wolfe. "He gave generously. He was fun."

Father Michael became a U.S. citizen on July 20, 1910, later serving as pastor of St. Joseph, Pomona (1912-1918), Sacred Heart in San Diego, and St. Sebastian in Santa Paula. He pastored also at St. Francis of Assisi Church in the Silverlake area northwest of downtown L.A.

"A real jokester," recalled his nephew, Father Philip. "When giving his introductory sermon at St. Francis, he laughingly said, 'You can keep the Lake, but I want the Silver!'" With many donations from the faithful, Father Michael later helped build St. Stephen Church in Monterey Park.

Sister Kathleen Conneally (a cousin in Ireland also descended from the John Conneally branch) recalled that Father Michael made many trips back to Ireland. In 1923 (the year before he went to St. Stephen's) he brought to the U.S. his niece, Bridie Conneally, who stayed with Father Michael and worked for him. In Father Michael's retirement he lived with his niece, Bridie, and her husband, Ralph Josten, passing away in their house in Monterey Park.

Excerpt from an article in The Tidings, May 28, 2004

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Reverend Leo Joseph Lambric
Pastor (1934-1937)

 

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Reverend Patrick O'Dwer
Pastor (1931-1934)

 

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Reverend Maurice Power Dee
Pastor (1930-1931)

 

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Reverend Stephen Kilay
Pastor (1928-1930)

 

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Reverend Thomas Mc Namara
Pastor (1925-1928)

 

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Reverend Eugene Villemure
Pastor (1923-25)

 

 
 

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