Father Michael Mahoney, Pastor
Fr. Michael Mahoney followed in his uncles' footsteps by joining the Capuchins in Ireland. He literally followed one of them, Fr. Emilian Meade, to the mission field of California. Since arriving in the US in 1977, Fr. Michael has worked hard in various parishes; always seeking to build up the parish community and also serve the needs of the greater community, for which reason he has been a member of the Rotary for many years. He served at Mission Santa Inés, where he felt at home with all his parishioners, including Anglo, Hispanic and Chumash. Fr. Michael celebrated his Golden Jubilee (50 years) in the Capuchin Order in 2014.
Fr. Flavian Welstead, Associate Pastor, celebrated his 50th anniversary as a Capuchin this past year. Born in Douglas, County Cork Ireland, he entered the Capuchins there in 1959. He worked as a missionary in Africa at the Sioma and Mangango Missions and in Livingstone in Zambia. After moving to the the U.S., served in parishes in Oregon and California and taught at St. Francis High School. He was Provincial Development Director from 1991 until 2001. He was tireless in his ministry to others. Fr. Flavian passed away peacefully on December 4, 2017. He will be greatly missed by the entire OLA community.
Fr. Brian McKenna, Associate Pastor, served as an OLA Associate Pastor from 1989 to 1991 and returned to us in 2009. He recalls how he joined the Capuchins, " 'Twin brothers become twin Capuchins' that is how the headline would read.” He and his twin brother, Fr. Jude, entered the Capuchin order on October 4, 1958 in Ireland. The McKenna brothers became friars despite promising careers in athletics. Both left Ireland to work for the Lord, Fr. Jude to Africa and Fr. Brian to parishes in Oregon, California, and Yécora in Northern Mexico. Together they shared their 50th Anniversary in 2008 and Father Brian celebrated his Golden Jubilee of priesthood in June 2016.