The Valley Catholic August 20, 2019 - Page 3

tvc.dsj.org | August 20, 2019 IN THE DIOCESE 3 The Diocese Bids Farewell to Founding Bishop Pierre DuMaine By Liz Sullivan Bishop Pierre DuMaine’s Episcopal Motto was “Gaudium et Spes” or “Joy and Hope.” “For Bishop DuMaine, that was more than a motto; it became a way of life,” said Monsignor J. Patrick Browne during his homily. “This community will continue to make those words ring true.” Those feelings were felt throughout the Funeral Mass held for Bishop DuMaine on June 27 at the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Joseph. The Mass was celebrated by Bishop Oscar Cantú and concelebrated by recently retired Bishop Patrick J. McGrath. DuMaine, the founding Bishop of the Diocese of San José, passed away peacefully in his sleep on June 13 at the age of 87. Also in attendance were: Roger Cardinal Mahony, Archdiocese of Los Angeles; William Cardinal Levada, Archdiocese of San Francisco; and Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone, Archdiocese of San Francisco. Roland Pierre DuMaine, son of No- lan Amidee DuMaine and Mary Eulalia Burch, was born in Paducah, Kentucky on August 2, 1931. After attending Saint Mary’s Acad- emy in Paducah and Holy Family School in Glendale, California, he en- tered Saint Joseph’s College Seminary, Mountain View, and Saint Patrick’s Bishop Oscar Cantú and Bishop Emeritus Patrick J. McGrath preside at the Funeral Mass held for Bishop Pierre DuMaine on June 27 at the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Joseph. Seminary in Menlo Park. Ordained a priest for the Archdio- cese of San Francisco on June 15, 1957, Father DuMaine served as assistant pastor at Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish in Belmont before he was as- signed to graduate studies at the Catholic University of America, from 1958-1961. After receiving a doctoral degree in education, he served on the faculty of Catholic University and Serra High School in San Mateo, and was Arch- diocesan Assistant Superintendent of Schools and Superintendent from 1965 until 1978, having been named a Prelate of Honor of his Holiness (Monsignor) in 1972. Bishop DuMaine was ordained Auxiliary Bishop of San Francisco on June 29, 1978, serving in that capacity until March 18, 1981, when he became the founding Bishop of the Diocese of San José. Amidst great difficulties, Bishop DuMaine succeeded in the largest privately funded renewal project of downtown San José; the restoration of the Cathedral Basilica of St. Jo- seph. These efforts insured that the Cathedral Basilica survived the 1989 earthquake and became what it is to this very day; the crown jewel of downtown San José. “Bishop DuMaine knew beginning a new Diocese was not an easy task. He knew it was not a one man show. He trusted those around him and they in him,” said Browne. Before the conclusion of the Mass, Bishop McGrath, who succeeded DuMaine as Bishop in 1999, offered a reflection about the man and priest he knew well. “I have known Pierre for more than 50 years, he was always very kind and patient with me. He always referred to me as his unworthy successor. I thought it was a joke, although at times I wondered. He was kind and compas- sionate. Pierre dealt with everything with great courage and valor. I am go- ing to miss Pierre. I already miss him. The last seven years have been difficult as he surrendered himself to God. It has been kind of a long good-bye.” “Knowing Pierre, right now he is looking at his watch, or whatever they have in Heaven, and is saying, ‘For God’s sake, PJ, move on; I have people to see and places to go, but not before I give thanks to God for him touching our lives.” “I ask the Lord now to take him home and reward him for his great, great goodness.” Statement from Bishop Oscar Cantú on Deadly Violence in El Paso and Dayton From the community still wound- ed from a mass shooting just a week ago in Gilroy, we send our prayers and heartfelt concerns to the people of El Paso and Dayton, and all those affected by the recent shootings that have left 29 people dead and many wounded. We grieve with the fami- lies of the deceased and pray for the recovery of the wounded and injured. We think of those who harbor hat red a nd fea r i n t hei r m i nd s and hearts: we remind them that it is unacceptable to take out their frustrations on the innocent. All human persons are created in God’s i mage a nd l i keness a nd, a s t he Declaration of Independence affirms, possess inalienable rights to “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” Moreover, we are reminded that each of us in the human family bears a responsibility for each other: for brother, sister, neighbor. Thus, it is important that we realize the im- pact that language and attitudes of racism, discrimination, and hatred can have on others. We also encour- age each other to report to proper authorities any warning signs we notice in others that reveal hatred and a willingness to hurt others or themselves. Finally, we stand in solidarity with Cardinal Daniel DiNardo and Bishop Frank Dewane in their statement on behalf of the US bishops: “The plague that gun violence has become contin- ues unchecked and spreads across our country. Things must change. Once again, we call for effective legislation that addresses why these unimagi- nable and repeated occurrences of murderous gun violence continue to take place in our communities.” May the God of peace bring comfort to the families of the deceased and healing to the wounded and injured. May we all heed the words of Jesus, “love one another.” Statement from Bishop Oscar Cantú regarding the shooting at the Gilroy Garlic Festival Our hearts are heavy with sadness in the wake of the horrific shooting that claimed the lives of at least three inno- cent victims and injured several others at the Gilroy Garlic Festival on July 28. I am grateful for the first responders and individual citizens, whose quick thinking and professional actions saved countless lives. My thoughts and prayers are with the victims, survivors and their fami- lies in this time of sorrow. May God, the source of our faith and strength, grant comfort and hope to all those affected by acts of violence. May grief give way to healing and grace, as we work together to protect the innocent and prevent future massacres, so that peace may prevail in our hearts and communities. Editors note: A bilingual prayer vigil for victims, survivors and first responders was held on July 29 at St. Mary’s Parish in Gilroy.