Deacon Sal Alvarez, R.I.P.

The Catholic Church in the Vatican 11 Council restored the permanent diaconate in 1967 and the Bishops of the U.S. began ordaining men as permanent diaconate from the 1970’s up until the present. Archbishop McGucken of San Francisco ordained a class of deacons in San Jose in the early seventies. A few of those still are active in their parishes. Deacon Sal wan part of the next group to be ordained, in 1979, by Archbishop John R. Quinn and has ministered as a deacon since then.  

He has served the poor in all the areas where they are found, from farm workers in the fields to foster care, to juvenile hall and to the jails. He worked for the U.S. Conference of Bishops and also with Cardinal Roger Mahoney on the California Labor Relations Board. He received the Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice Medal from Pope Benedict XVI for his work in the church and in the world In the past years he was involved in conflict resolution and family support programs from his Institute for Non Violence.

He was a great supporter of the work that we are doing in Deanery 6, and of the Deanery 6 Multiparish Coop which is providing the Summer Literacy Program in parishes, including St. Francis of Assisi. He was also instrumental in obtaining Measure A funds for programs that we will carry out during the year. Sal was a good friend of mine and was a source of support and wisdom in my ministry. I thank him and thank God for him. On behalf of the parish I also thank him for his ministry. May he rest in Peace.

-Fr. Gene