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S: Our Seminary Years 1956-1964

FC: Seminary | Years | 1956- | 1964 | Our | Compiled by Ted Howard, OLQA Class of 1960 & SJSC Class of 1964

1: In the Spring of 1956 some 800 eighth grade Catholic boys sat for the entrance examination for the minor seminary for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. Of these, 108 were selected for admission to the first of what was to be, if you survived the full course, a 12-year program to be trained for the secular or diocesan priesthood. The brand new all boys campus for the first half of this process was nestled right next to the old Mission San Fernando Del Rey in the sprawling valley of that name. The school had just opened two and a half years previously . . . . | Ted Hward-2013

2: Although I was a first-born, I did not come from a religious family and it is doubtful that my determination to go to the seminary met with much private enthusiasm. I was just afraid of going to the hell the parish priests were telling us about and looked at this as being the best way to avoid that unhappy end. I did have a grandmother who was supportive, although she never pushed me. At the time there just wasn't any other future that had appeal to this 13-year old. All of that was in the future as the High School Class of 1960, the College Class of 1964 and the Ordination Class of 1968 assembled for the first time in September 1956 in San Fernando. | It was a world of a monolithic and self-confident Church with no inkling of change in sight. It was the world under the unquestioned leadership of the ascetical Pope Pius XII who presided in medieval splendor in the Vatican as did his faithful paladin James Francis Cardinal McIntyre in the Chancery Office of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. It was a world in which priests were always addressed by last names and were held in the highest esteem and respect. It was a world in which the faithful were pleased to see their boys (particularly it seems firstborns) answer "the Call" and enter a semi-monastic world centered around 500-year old unchanged ritual conducted in a long dead language. It was a world before Vatican II, the Woman's Movement, the controversy over birth control, and certainly the scandal over widespread priestly sexual improprieties.

3: I was one of the select 108 first year seminarians in 1956. I was also the youngest at 13 years and 8 months, and the 2nd smallest at 5 feet and 98 lbs. I was destined to stay in the seminary system through high school and college, leaving at 21 years of age and over 6 feet tall. In college, I would take up the hobby of photography. I would go onto law school and spend more than 41 years in that profession until I was appointed a Superior Court judge in 2010. In the face of the incomprehensible realization that we are approaching the 50th anniversary of college graduation, I decided to put together a photographic record of some of this experience and the classmates and schoolmates with whom I shared it. | Our Lady Queen of the Angels Junior Seminary (OLQA) was then half of the two-campus educational system , each covering six years. After 4 high school years, there would be the first two college years in San Fernando, followed by matriculation to St. John's Seminary (SJS) in Camarillo. There would be the last two college years with a degree in Thomistic philosophy and then the four years of post-graduate theology studies accompanied by the conferring of the seven steps of Holy Orders. What we did not know yet was there was to be another campus erected in Camarillo which would open in the fall of 1961 after our first year of college. It was a time of robust growth and great optimism in the Church of Pius and James Francis. It was a state of mind that unforeseen events and social upheaval would profoundly alter as the new century approached. | Seminary quadrangle in back with Mission chapel at the right rear.

4: The seminary system we entered is now largely a discredited and scrapped educational system. After we left OLQA the school continued to grow until the campus was expanded to the east and the student body was doubled. This was the followed by a steep decline until, by the 90's, it had shrunk back to its former campus. Enrollment continued to fall as vocations in the high school age group continued to dry up. The model was broken and was to be terminated by one of OLQA's first graduates, Cardinal Roger Mahony (OLQA '54) when he ordered closed the school he helped to open. The system was always inefficient. From our entering class, only nine (8.3%) made it through the 12 years to be ordained priests. Of those, three prematurely left the ministry. Of the six survivors, two are located in a non-affiliated diocese in northern California. One died young, only to be posthumously identified as a pederast. This was a poor payoff from an expensive commitment from dwindling resources. It also produced some notable and remarkable graduates along with others who proved to be very bad actors, as we all have witnessed in sensational and salacious news reports. | 1995-looking at an abandoned dorm at OLQA | In the 1950's, only priests were permitted to instruct seminarians. In our 2 seminaries the faculty was made up almost exclusively of members of the Congregation of the Missions (CM) or known more commonly as the Vincentians. At their head was the Rector. For our first two years this man was the Very Reverend Victor E. Roden C. M. His was a fearful and distant eminence we were only too happy to avoid. His humanity was only hinted at by his ownership of a black cocker spaniel who had the run of the place and was known as "Vicnik." "Vic" himself proved to be a lot less fearsome than the man who would succeed him in the fall of 1958.

5: Serving under the rector was a man who would have much more immediate contact with all the underclassmen, the Dean of Discipline, Fr. Thomas McIntyre, CM. "Fr. Mac" was approachable and warm. I fondly recall that he was determined to get me to wear a longer hairstyle than my customary crew cut. It was an effort, alas, that even he finally had to acknowledge was futile. He served in this position for only our first year before he was transferred. Many decades later I would see him again when he took up residence in a Laguna Beach parish, prior to his death. | Notable Faculty | The Dean of Studies, and my nemesis throughout my seminary years, was the Rev. Bernard J. McCoy, or as we always called him in our irreverent way, "B.J." The man never lacked self confidence and considered himself qualified to teach virtually any subject. I particularly resented his way of teaching history. If he liked you, he could do a lot to advance your seminary and post-seminary careers. I considered him an educational fraud and an officious narcissist. I think he viewed me exactly the same way. It was a mutual loathing that I could have and should have avoided. Hey, what do you want? I was young and stupid. | Fr. Thomas McIntyre | Fr. B. J. McCoy

6: Fr. William Ready | Fr. Arthur Daspit | Fr. Rudy Miller | Fr. Donald McNeil | Fr. Edward Brennan | Bill Ready taught English with remarkable style and humor. I loved it when he read from his favorite books in class. He also served as the Vice-rector. | "Willy Nuff-Nuff" was the School Librarian & taught Math & later Greek in 1st yr college. | Rudy Miller was noted for his poor hearing. He taught English and Latin. Bob Jabro has a great story about his mis-hearing a confession admission of "I was uncharitable to another." | A Louisiana native who truly loved to teach Latin, but ultimately lost his subject in the Church's changes. He also vainly tried to keep our hands out of our pockets | Ed Brennan was effective as a math teacher & spiritual director, although he didn't help me much in either discipline, but I was hopeless.

7: Charlie Barr | Other than B.J.McCoy, there was one other faculty member who would stay with us through both high school and college-Rev. Charles Barr, CM. I was introduced to this eccentric, colorful, yet ultimately beloved professor on my first day at OLQA. I was exploring the campus and had just gone out the doors outside study hall that led down to the faculty garage. I saw this wiry bundle of energy sweeping up the steps two at a time, trailing a cloud of cigarette smoke. He stopped suddenly beside me and demanded to know in a deep baritone what I thought of Santa Barbara. I stammered out something about liking it fine. That seemed to satisfy him and he speedily strode off, leaving this little freshman utterly astonished and bewildered. | Fr. Charles Barr

8: Fr. Charles Barr, CM | Douglas W. Saunders | Charlie Barr was to stay with us through the four high school years and then up at the new college in Camarillo in 1961. The stories about this man are legion. He taught well a large roster of subjects. among which were Latin, Spanish, First Aid, Science and Driver Education. The man could teach, but he was a true eccentric whose deep throated growl was much worse than his bite. In his memorable Drivers Ed class sophomore year he stressed to the class the importance of peripheral vision while driving. He described how when he returned to the seminary on Sunday evening and was approaching the faculty garage, as soon as he caught sight of a certain trash can in the garage, he would initiate a right hand turn that would placed his stopped car in precisely the correct parking spot. One of the less reverent members of that year's senior class, Doug Saunders, decided to move that trashcan a bit to the left. Sure enough that Sunday Fr. | Barr drove in, made his turn, sideswiping a post and ripped off the side trim of his beloved gray '57 Chevy. | A '57 Chevy | "I see you. You see me and I have a place to go." | "Ah yes, take it away, Kiddo."

9: The Chapel | 1 9 9 5 | 1956

10: Some Seminary Impressions | I invited some comments from the fellows who assembled with me in September 1956 for the seminary experience. The first one is from John Gremer with whom I have played sports and worked with on various endeavors ever since 1959. John stayed in the seminaries until the middle of third year theology, two and a half years longer than me He's had multiple careers in sales and teaching school. He is now retired and living in Orange doting on his grandchildren. I suppose the most memorable part of our association was the amateur rocket program. | 1956 was full of excitement for me. Graduating from St. Bernard elementary school in Bellflower with many honors, I had high expectations for my high school years. Both the Salesians and the Archdiocese of Los Angeles had accepted me for their Junior Seminary programs, but serving Mass for many years at Our Lady of the Rosary in Paramount and at St Bernard had me pretty sure of a call to parish life rather than teaching. Seems to me that was the main factor in deciding to enter Queen of Angels in San Fernando. Early rising, structure, prayer life and long silences were no problem for me. Wow did I struggle with the studies though. Fr. Brennan was probably generous with my "D" in first quarter Algebra and so was Fr. Daspit with a "C" in Latin. It became clear that my elementary school had failed to challenge me in 7th and 8th grades. My study skills were very, very weak. Got lucky when one of the Salesians at St. John Bosco High tutored me on weekends. That reminds me-pretty quickly we formed up the Long Beach (and vicinity) Boys for carpooling Sunday nights and transportation home on Friday afternoons. The Gremers and the Supanchecks had station wagons. Crowell, Gatlin, Robitaille, Almy and Greely were players as I recall. The Friday afternoons were a hoot. One of us would call for a taxi to pick us up out front and 4 or 5 or 6 of us would share a ride to downtown San Fernando where we would catch the bus to 6th and Los Angeles where we'd get the Red Car headed to Long Beach. Danny R. and I would get off at the Compton station where parents picked us up around 5:30 or 6. Not sure if the others rode all the way to the end stop in L.B. Seems like the total of all fares was less than $4 per person. Sports and making friends were highlights for me. Ted Howard tapped me on the shoulder and offered, "I'll nominate you if you'll nominate me." In the 1-C officer elections, I think we each got only our own 2 votes. Ernesto Bebe was our pres. He went off to Serra High after 1st year and was a star on their varsity football team.

11: In 1995 I learned that OLQA had been closed down at the end of the spring term and was being converted into the new campus for earthquake damaged Alemany H.S. I decided to take a trip to the school whose location was no longer San Fernando, but was now in the incorporated city of Mission Hills. Parts of the campus were still quite familiar, but the students were gone along with the educational theory that had given it life.

12: Study Hall -1995 | Chapel Courtyard 1995

13: Corridor between Library & Classroom | I was exploring in the basement where the recreation rooms were when I found a familiar face in the debris.

14: In 1927 the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, under the leadership of Archbishop John L. Cantwell finished building Los Angeles College (LAC), a minor seminary for the archdiocese at the intersection of Third and Detroit Streets. It had taken just 2 years from the time Cantwell first revealed the plans to build such a school. This was followed by a three month fund drive including door-to-door solicitation. The first 70 students started out in September in temporary quarters with a faculty of Vincentian fathers. On March 27, 1927 Los Angeles College was dedicated and 65 students took up their studies there. Twenty-seven years later LAC ceased to be when OLQA was opened during Easter vacation that year and the LAC buildings became St. John Vianney High School. Archbishop Cantwell's aged physical plant was torn down in 1966 (except for the chapel) and replaced with new buildings to house the high school. It's name was changed to Daniel Murphy High School. It was closed in 2008, allegedly due to declining enrollment, but this assertion was vigorously denied by students and alumni who remained convinced the reason was the need to sell the property to get funds to pay for the priest sex scandal settlement. It was sold and is now a Jewish yeshiva. The new minor seminary was situated next to the old Mission San Fernando in what is now Mission Hills. The campus actually opened right after Easter vacation in 1954. Unlike LAC, it was fully a boarding school with a capacity of about 320. Following a steady increase in enrollment throughout the 1950's, there was an ambitious building program that resulted in an adjacent campus (the "East Side") that doubled its size. This was followed almost immediately with a sharp decline in students that resulted in the East Side last being used as a separate campus in 1968. The Vincentians left in 1973 and were replaced by diocesan priests who ran the school until it closed after the 1994-95 school year and was taken over as the campus of Alemany High School. | Junior Seminary History | This is LAC in its heyday. It was only partially a boarding school. Its last freshmen class was what I will call Tom Horan's class that entered in 1953. its last senior class was Roger Mahony's which included 2 other future archbishops.

15: OLQA 1956 | Photo believed taken on Dedication Day | OLQA during construction in early 1954 | An early 40-hours Devotion

16: This photo down the longest corridor evokes the very smell of the Pine-sol cleaner. Classrooms are to the right and steps up to the sacristy are to the left. | This view gives a pretty good idea how the 16 dorms were set up. | A high school Latin classroom with Fr. Mahoney as the instructor

17: Some Thoughts on the Clerical Abuse Scandal | According to a 2005 article in the L.A. Times, between 1950 and 1985 some 470 men were ordained from the seminary system of the L.A. Archdiocese. Of that number some 63 had been accused of molesting under aged children by 2005. There have been more accusations of molestation from that graduate group since then, but getting reliable numbers is virtually impossible. One source was a survey conducted by the John Jay College of Criminal Justice that claimed that 15% of the ordained priests from St, John's during the period 1960-1984 were accused of sexual abuse. A review of ordination announcements, lawsuits, and a list of alleged abusers published by the archdiocese in 2004 (and hardly not the last word) identified about a third of the ordination classes of 1966 and 1972 as accused molesters. My class was 1968 in the middle of this period. Two of our number would be listed as accused. In a 2002 article in Newsweek entitled "Gays in the Seminary" it was estimated that between 30% and 70% of the student body at the college and graduate level seminaries was gay versus 3.5% of the entire U.S. population. Our St. John's was characterized in that piece as maybe one of the gayest institutions of higher education in the U.S. If it was when I was there, it completely escaped me. Nonetheless,the scandal is not per se a gay issue, although a disproportionate number of the accusations may involve pederasty or illegal sex with underage boys. The scandal has cost the archdiocese, and the Diocese of Orange the better part of a billion dollars. It was also arguably a cause of the collapse of their seminary system. Keeping in mind that OLQA closed down forever in1995, it is ironic to read these words in a letter Cardinal Mahony wrote in 1994: "The future of our three seminaries is bright and so promising. We are witnessing record numbers of men stepping forward to respond to Christ's call in their lives." Not any more, Roger, and maybe never again. | This is Rev. John V. Farris, CM, who taught us freshman science but left OLQA at the end of that year. He had come over from LAC and was a popular teacher. Fr. Farris was later identified by the archdiocese as being accused of molesting a youngster while working at the minor seminary and he was named in one of the lawsuits in 2003. By that time, however, he had long passed from this life. | Fr. John V. Farris, CM

18: Satellite View of the Mission and Former OLQA Campus | The chapel at the old Mission as it was in our day before restoration | The "Quad" was a place to walk and think

19: In these pages, besides the photographs from my own albums, I've borrowed freely from the school annual, The Prep. I was one of the two Head Photographers for the 1961 edition, along with Fr. Norm Supancheck, when I just started my interest in photography. I only wish I still had those big 6cm x 6cm negatives today to provide better quality prints.

20: When our class arrived at OLQA, it was split into three groups designated as: 1-A, 1-B and 1-C. By the time the following spring when class pictures were taken we had lost 48 of our original number. The surviving 60 were divided into two 30-man groups, 1-A and 1-B. We thought we had the more gifted students. | Class 1A | Class 1B | I'm not sure of the reasons for it, but the survivors of 1-C found themselves in 1-A and those from 1-A ended up in I-B. Didn't make a lot of sense then either.

21: The Day | 5:50 a.m. Wake-up | A shrill electric bell starts our day. We rose in the quiet of the Magnum Silentium to get our showers and go to our shared wash basins, which are depicted here in 1995 after the shutdown. | 6:15 a.m. Prayer in Chapel | Still observing the Great Silence we assembled in the Seminary Chapel to recite our morning prayers from our little black book, "The Formulary of Prayer." I confess that I often just brought a "Jane's Fighting Ships" to read instead.

22: 6:40 a.m. Mass | The food at OLQA was often quite appetizing. I hated Fridays though since I liked no seafood or cheese dish. I squirreled away breakfast cereal in my napkin holder under the table for these emergencies. | 7:30 a.m. Breakfast | This was the central act of our day. None of us were then seriously questioning the doctrines and dogmas of the church. That will come years later. Questioning such matters as papal infallibility, biblical inerrancy, priestly celibacy, teachings on birth control, etc., was in the unseen future for our malleable little minds.

23: 8:15 a.m. Morning Study Hall | 8:55 a.m. First Period | Fr. Charles Barr, in his usual inimitable fashion engages our class in a second year Spanish session. | The seminary schedule called for two periods of formal studying, one in the morning and a longer period in the evening. High school study hall was held in this large room. One of the priest served as a proctor to make sure decorum and silence was observed. Members of our freshman class can be observed in the foreground of this photo. | 10:05 Second Period

24: 11:05 Third Period | 1995-Awaiting new management | Charlie Barr teaching a different subject to another class. Here he is assisting senior Thomas Miller with his personal attention | The Seminary's official seal

25: 12:00 noon Angelus | 12:10 p.m. Lunch | One of the multitude of traditional religious devotions observed was this noontime ringing of the bells and the recitation of prayers inspired by the Annunciation greeting. | Fr. Lee leads the noon grace before the meal

26: 1:10 p.m. Fourth Period | 2:10 p.m. Fifth Period | During our first year the science teacher was Fr. John Farris, CM, here instructing high school seniors in the labs at the Mission. | Here Fr. McNeil is teaching ancient Greek to the Fifth Year class in 1959. When I had him in my Fifth Year, the only way I passed was because I was a librarian under Ol' Willy Nuff-Nuff and he probably protected me.

27: 3:10 p.m. Recreation | Recreation in Long Pants Under the Power Lines

28: I confess that I was much more interested in the pursuit of sports than I was of spiritual matters. The Cardinal and his faculty had a somewhat ambivalent attitude about the subject however. Firstly, you will note that in the photographs we have of our sports, we are always wearing long pants, never shorts. You will also see that in spite of the financial resources lavished on the facility, there was no gym. We were not allowed to compete with other schools. We had to be content with intramural sports. | We had some really fine athletes who would be our heroes in the great games such as the annual college vs. high school touch football game or the Irish vs. the World softball game in March. The high tension power lines that hung over the playing field would be the cause of a tragedy in 1959 when a student named Michael Gray was killed flying a model airplane that came in contact with those lines. | Frosh Frank "Cubby" Lyons gets a hit | Tom Havel snaps the football to Bill Ferguson with Zimmer blocking

29: 1956 | In my mind at least, the biggest sport event of the year was the annual touch football game pitting the best of the High School against the College. HS had a strong team, but College prevailed 32-12.- in the 2nd annual contest. | We would have to wait three long years before we would enjoy a victory. When it came, it was our class that provided the key players. | Horan lead blocks for Porter | John Nally maneuvers to avoid Farrell behind Zimmer | Charley Blaney quick kicks

30: The Sports Board

32: After sports many of us enjoyed our second shower of the day, observing the strict policy of preserving our modesty by the artful draping of bathrobe and towel. It was apparently not proper for the Cardinal's seminarians to observe the nakedness of fellow students. Heck, the only place we could even wear shorts was the pool. | 4:40 p.m. Recreation Ends | The evening activities commenced at 5:10 with Spiritual reading (a lot of good that did for me!) followed by recitation of the rosary and benediction in the chapel. Before spiritual reading, I stocked up on a Milky Way candy bar from the Mission Store and slowly ate it during the utter bore of that reading. | 1995 | 5:10 p.m. Spiritual Reading | 5:30 p.m. Rosary | Mission store customers

33: 5:45 p.m. Benediction | 6:00 p.m. Dinner | "Tantum ergo Sacramentum" "O Salutaris Hostia" | The altar server on the right is the future Bishop of Stockton, Stephen Blaire. | 24 students were assigned to serve the rest. There was a dais for one of the faculty to watch over us and the rest dined in their own room.

34: 6:30 p.m. Free time | There were 3 recreation rooms in the basement: freshmen-sophomores, juniors-seniors & College each had their own hang-outs. | Some used time with their Spiritual Director. | I've seen that guy in the hat before.

35: 7:30 p.m. Evening Study Hall | The large study hall was used by the first three years. Here we have the privilege of the Dean of Studies, Fr. McCoy, watching over us from the platform. The other classes each had their own separate study halls. | 9:15 p.m. Night Prayers | We assembled in the chapel one more time with our "Formulary." After this, the Magnum Silentium was again imposed, as we went back to our dormitories in that silence.

36: 10:00 p.m. Lights Out | There were a total of 16 dorms with 20 beds each, one of these was occupied by a college "dormitorian" who was supervising us underclassmen. Each of the 4 different residential floors also had a faculty member with his own room.

38: 1957 Sixth Year Notables | -When little Teddy Howard entered the seminary, he came from St. Phillip's parish in Pasadena where Fr. Leo Steinbock was an assistant pastor. I presumed this entitled me to some familiarity with his sixth year younger brother John. He good- naturedly endured the presumption. After his 1963 ordination, he served in the archdiocese until Orange was established as a separate jurisdiction. He was consecrated an Auxiliary Bishop in 1984. In that position he received some complaints about clerical sexual abuse of children and questions have been raised about his failure to take effective action. Three years later he was made Bishop of the Diocese of Santa Rosa. In 1991 he became Bishop of Fresno where he died from lung cancer in 2010. Bishop Steinbock had to face uncomfortable questioning about clerical child abuse alleged of his priests during the ensuing litigation. | Thomas Havel, Jr. was also ordained into the Archdiocese of Los Angeles in 1963. He served in two parish assignments, including my former parish of St. Phillips in Pasadena. While there he was accused of starting a 5 year sexual relationship with a 14-year old girl. He obtained permission to enter the Marinist Order in 1971 and studied medicine and became a psychiatrist (I'm not making this stuff up, folks!). He left the priesthood and was laicized. Apparently he married and practiced psychiatry in Northern California when a settlement was reached with his accuser in 2002. | Thomas Havel, Jr. | John T. Steinbock

39: The two 1957 sixth years shown on this page may be a couple of the "poster boys" for the Los Angeles clerical abuse scandal. The gentleman to the left is George M. Miller. He was born in 1938 and ordained in 1963. He was made Administrator of Guardian Angel parish in Pacoima. In 1977 the mother of a young boy reported to the Archdiocese that Fr. Miller molested her son on a fishing trip. The boy's therapist also reported similar information to the Archdiocese. Their investigators interviewed him, but did nothing except make him pastor in 1981. Then he was reassigned as an associate in Oxnard and further reports of sexual improprieties came in, but he was put in therapy and finally "resigned" from the ministry in 1998. After that more complaints came in and were reported to the civil authorities. | The individual to the right is Donald G. Farmer. Like the other three men on these two pages, he was ordained in 1963. After serving in a number of parish assignments ending up in Carpinteria in 1971, he requested to be laicized in 1972. He got married and began a career in marriage and family counseling in Fresno. In 2003 he was arrested on 14 felony counts for the sexual abuse of two boys and two girls, all under aged, at a family-owned cabin at Lake Gregory in 1966-67 when he worked at a Glendale parish. However, when the U.S. Supreme Court later that year struck down California's 1994 attempt to extend the statute of limitations for such offenses, the charges against him were dismissed. | George M. Miller | Donald G. Farmer

40: Earlier in this work I alluded to the fact that there was a story about Bob Jabro going to confession with Rudy Miller one day in the chapel at OLQA. Bob confessed "I have been uncharitable to another." Fr. Miller misheard this, being hearing challenged, and blurted out in his Cajun accent loud enough to be heard by others in the chapel: "Yo KILLED yo mutha?" Jabro told him "no" and repeated his original statement that he was uncharitable to ANOTHER; to which Rudy replied: "Oh, that's better." One wonders about the looks Bob must have received when he left the confessional. | Fr. Rudy Miller celebrates Mass in the Chapel.

41: Our Class Presidents at OLQA | 1-A Walt Haley 1-B Ernesto Bebe 2-A Frank Lyons 2-B Howard Holtz 3 Frank Lyons 4 John Gremer 5 Bill Frazer

42: Our Second Year 1957-1958 | Our second year began with our September return and our new status as sophomores. Our numbers were about half now as compared to the previous year. We were assigned to new dormitories and new dormitorians. Our first year general science course was replaced by world history and algebra was replaced by geometry. Also replaced was our well-liked Dean of Discipline, Fr. McIntyre and we were introduced to Fr. Albert Lee, CM whom we irreverently nicknamed "Wong Lee." The next addition was a brand new Vincentian by the name Rev. Robert E. Wood, CM. Father Wood came to teach us a science course for which he was eminently qualified. At first he seemed to take himself a little too seriously, but "Woodsy" would follow us to Camarillo in 1961 and would guide three of us to adventures with amateur rockets and a warm friendship. He ended up as a missionary in Africa prior to his recent retirement. | Fr. Albert Lee, CM | Fr. Robert E. Wood, CM | N E W | F A C E S

43: Sports Board | Old members joined by Joe Robinson, Fr. Lee and our Barney Gatlin. | Although still in 2 classes, 2A & 2B , we were eventually down to 47 in 1 photo. | Pat Metoyer & Mike Shadow hanging around

44: Tom Horan leads the well dressed, fast and powerful College squad onto the field | 1957 | Annual H.S. vs College Football Game | Jim Johnson gets a short gain | Tom Horan scored 2 touchdowns for college. | College: 58-H.S.: 6 | Pete Bressers caught this Shelburne pass.

45: The tipoff | Our brethren in 2B won Mardi Gras Gaudeamus skits with "Small House of Uncle Thomas." From left to rt.: Ned Chavira, Tom Slattery & Gerry Angrisani | Traditional tampering with the Cardinal's car. | 1957- 1958

46: 1 9 5 8 | 1 9 5 9 | Third Year

47: As we returned to school to start our third or junior year, there were changes to adjust to. Our first 2 years we were allowed to go home on the weekends, now it would be only once a month. The bigger change was the departure, after nine years, of Fr. Roden and his replacement as rector by the Very Rev. James P. Graham, CM. I wonder if there is anyone who could recall this man with fondness. I certainly did not. Fr. Graham once memorably lectured us with "Watch your attitude!" He warned against what he cryptically called "particular friendships." I utterly had no concept of what being gay was. | Faculty Changes | Fr. Joseph Haley was replaced as Spiritual Director by Rev. Edward Danagher, CM. Until about five decades later, I had not thought much about this, nor the fact he was there one year and then was gone. What I learned so many years later, from an utterly unimpeachable source, was he was a pederast predator who tried to seduce at least one of the students in a brazen and reckless manner | The Very Reverend James P. Graham. CM

48: Fr. Danagher, in addition to his other duties as Spiritual Director and history and religion instructor to underclassmen, also had the position and responsibility of a dormitory monitor for one of the 4 floors. One day he casually invited this unsuspecting student to his room at a time when other students were absent. When this fellow responded to the friendly invitation, the priest opened the door standing there stark naked! He knew he was coming; he had invited him. The priest wanted to know if the student knew about the use of such equipment as he was so proudly displaying. Having received sex education from Fr. Haley a couple of years before, the student stammered out that he was generally familiar with the concept of its usage. He was not, however, contemplating a bettering of his education in the way Fr. Danagher was implying and said simply he wasn't interested. The priest shut the door on the flabbergasted youngster. He didn't tell anyone of the incident at that time. It was too unbelievable. It's odd that a story like this today, while still shocking, is no longer unbelievable. The boldness and audacity of the approach causes you to believe this was not the first time such a tactic had been employed. I just wonder what the other faculty members may have known about Ed's demons. | Spiritual Reading by the Spiritual Director | In the Spiritual Director's Office

49: "Peg O' My Heart" | Our Class wins Mardi Gras Gaudeamus again with "Connecticut Yankee" | Sports Board | Fourth year Spanish with C Barr | The Michael Gray Tragedy | Mike's model plane hit the power lines and the electricity went down the wires to him. He died a few weeks later on May 28,1959

50: Fr. Dennis Flynn would have us recite poetry from memory in front of the class. This could be very daunting for people like me who suffer from stage fright. There was one fellow class man named Barry Montgomery who had a particularly difficult time one day and asked Fr. Flynn if he could pace while reciting. Given permission, Barry struggled mightily but still failed miserable in his exercise Fr. Flynn excused him with the dry observation: "Ah, perhaps if the room were larger, you might have done better." | Reciting in Class | Fr. Dennis Flynn, CM

51: On another occasion, Fr. Flynn had required that a paragraph would be written by all students for each session of his English class. He would then select one of the students to bring the paragraph up to him and he would read it to the class. If there was any error in the paragraph-any error at all-it would earn the unfortunate a "F." On this particular day, classmate John Kenney was sitting in the last desk of the middle row when he was "called upon" to bring his paragraph up to the priest. John took some time to rummage through his binder to find his writing He walked slowly with it up to the instructor's desk and, with his typical smirk, almost defiantly dropped it on the desk. Fr. Flynn picked it up casually and started to read it, when he announced that the first word had been misspelled. He calmly marked a large "F" on top of the page and casually observed: "Ah, I was expecting a tournament of roses, and all I got was a head of cabbage." For reasons I no longer recall John Left OLQA after his sophomore year only to return to us for first year college. After that he went all the way to ordination in 1968. Prior to that day I understand that he was able to wire all the rooms of his classmates for private telephones with some old equipment he found in the SJS basement. | For another project he renovated a fountain and pond situated outside the recreation room of the theologate. One day Barney Gatlin fell into that pond wearing his custom-made Cole cassock. There was this duck that frequented that pond who somehow lost his life when mysteriously his neck was rung in the orchard. No suspects for this nefarious act were ever identified. Another John Kenney story has to do with his classmate, John Moretta who was terrified of snakes. No, he was much more than terrified. The very mention of such a reptile could bring on a serious case of anxiety. There was a snake kept in a prominent cage in the biology lab. Kenney got a temporary cage in which to keep the snake. He then brought the old cage into the victim's room while Moretta was in the shower and left the cage door open in the middle of the floor. The thoroughly traumatized classmate yelled and vacated his room for days until the plot was discovered. Fr. Kenney eventually became a member of the clergy in the Diocese of Orange when that entity came into existence in 1976. He quickly left that jurisdiction and became incardinated in the diocese of Baker, Oregon. He died in a pedestrian accident in 1977, shortly after arriving in Oregon. 27 years later he was publicly identified by the Diocese of Orange as having been accused of molesting children. There were 3 total such claims, all in Orange County-one at St. Cecilia in Tustin and 2 at St. Norbert in Orange. | J o h n | K e n n e y

52: In the final play of the game Tom Horan threw this pass to Dick Stuneck who caught it in the end zone to give college a hard fought 13-7 victory to keep its record perfect. The referee Fr. Danagher watches | Junior Barney Gatlin intercepts for High School | Pete Bressers catches a pass over the middle | Tom Porter goes for a first down | 1 9 5 8 | C o l l e g e vs H. S.

53: The fellow who threw the touchdown pass on the last play of the annual High School vs. College football game of 1958 was Thomas M. Horan or "Tommy." He was the Student Body President that year and a hero of mine. He was an all-star in each of the major sports. He was kind enough to allow me to be his partner in two-on-two pick up basketball matches on the asphalt courts and let me score when it would have been much easier for him. Tommy went on to be ordained in 1965, but left the priesthood after a short ministry. He married and became a courtroom bailiff in the Long Beach courthouse where I saw him years later. | 1959 Sixth Year Notables | Michael Driscoll was born in Long Beach and went all through OLQA and St. John's Seminary, being ordained in May 1965. After serving in Los Angeles he went with the new Diocese of Orange and was appointed Auxiliary Bishop in 1989. He was then appointed Bishop of Boise, Idaho in 1999. There was one unproven allegation of sex abuse made while bishop in Orange County. | Gerald Wikerson was ordained in January 1965 before the rest of his class as he completed a degree in Theology At Catholic University. He worked in various L.A. parishes until named as an Auxiliary Bishop in 1998. He is bishop for the San Fernando Pastoral Region and is Vicar General for the Archdiocese. His offices are located in the former OLQA campus.

54: 1959 Fourth Year Seniors 1960 | It should be noted that being a senior does not have the cachet that usually goes with that status in a regular high school. Top dog status went to 6th Years until 1961-62 | Jabro, Angrisani, Almy and Kline | Senior chemistry class in the old Mission

55: That's me with my hand in front of my face talking to Roger Kline

56: Fr. Donald McNeil was Library Moderator | The School Library | I was one of the librarians for 3 years and found all sorts of interesting things such as National Geographic articles of fascinating cultures such as Bali.

57: A little more than half the senior class readies for waiter duty | Tim Almy and Mike Shadow tend the Book Store | Jim Sebben with Al Crowell and George Ferrick

58: High School Upsets College | Gary Kneier catches pass in front of College's Dick Sokol | Pete Bressers catches one | Joe Hernandez returns a kickoff | 1959 | Roger Kline & Al Crowell chase Larry Shelburne | This singular upset was the only time high school beat college

59: Basketball | The above photo of Gary Kneier and Michael Harris was taken for the 1961 edition of "The Prep."

60: The Annual for 1960 featured the Ezcaray Reredos which was constructed in 1687 in Spain and graced OLQA' chapel.

61: Retreat Master | There would be a retreat every year for the student body. For this year it was Fr. Leland Boyer Head of the Diocesan CCD who preached to the seniors and collegians on the pure of heart. Evidently his heart was, so to say, purity challenged. | He was later heavily caught up in the sexual scandal and was placed on restricted ministry amid allegations of twice raping a 13-year old boy in his rectory along with a number of other accusations involving young boys. | The Old and the New George

62: Accused 1960 Sixth Years | The gentleman to the right is one of the accused about whom there is no doubt of his guilt. He's been convicted and has served time for his offenses. This is former Fr. Michael Wempe. His ministry, after tours in Inglewood and Pasadena, mainly included work at various Ventura County parishes from 1969-1987. He was serving as the Administrator of a Santa Paula parish when his pastor reported a "boundary issue" to the Chancery Office. He was sent for therapy to the Servants of the Paraclete in New Mexico. Almost inexplicably after this treatment, he was assigned to be chaplain at Cedars-Sinai Hospital. In 1988 the first complaints of abuse arose 10 years after he had served as a teacher at a Lancaster high school. He was sent for more therapy, but remained the chaplain at Cedars until 2002. The Cardinal then requested his retirement. He was arrested on multiple felonies (42) in 2003, but these had to be dismissed because of the statute of limitations. Later that year he was arrested on a new charge that was still good. He was tried, convicted, and sentenced to 3 years in state prison. After his release, he was finally laicized in 2006. In spite of being convicted only on a single count, Wempe admitted to engaging in sex with no less than 13 youngsters. | Michael Edwin Wempe | Wempe about 2007

63: If the story of Fr. Wempe dismays you, wait until you hear about his classmate, Msgr. Peter E. Garcia's transgressions. It is a case that has previously received little attention. Garcia, a domestic prelate or honorary member of the papal household, admitted preying for decades on undocumented children in predominantly Spanish-speaking parishes. In 1980 he was appointed as Director of the Spanish Speaking Apostolate. In 1984 a relative reported sexual contact with 2 young nephews. The archbishop, then Cardinal Manning, had him sent to the usual New Mexico treatment center for pedophile clergy. After Garcia's discharge from this treatment center new Archbishop Mahony ordered him to stay away from California "for the foreseeable future" in order to avoid legal accountability, the long held secret files show. "I believe that if Monsignor Garcia were to reappear here within the archdiocese we might very well have some type of legal action filed in both the criminal and civil sectors," the archbishop wrote to the treatment center's director in July 1986. The immediate problem was Garcia had befriended an illegal immigrant family with 3 young brothers and they had an attorney. He had groomed the boys and engaged in sex with all 3. If he was exposed by their parents, to whom they had complained, he threatened to have them deported. The files show he admitted to a therapist that he had sexually abused about 20 boys "on and off" since his 1966 ordination. It is of interest that Cardinal Mahony had gotten his friend, Archbishop Sanchez of Santa Fe, to let Garcia work in a couple of parishes, without the pastors knowing of his issues. In 1994 Sanchez resigned his office when it came to light that 3 women had come forward to accuse him of having sex with them years before when they were in their teens. Garcia wanted to come back to Los Angeles, somehow thinking he could resume some sort of a ministry. The Cardinal, however, was not about to let him because of fear he would be recognized by one of his victims and legal problems for the archdiocese would ensue. He resigned from the ministry in 1989 and was finally laicized 1/3/06. He died in 2009 without his misdeeds ever coming to the public light. | Msgr. Peter E. Garcia | PedophileDomestic Prelate | Garcia as Keeper of the Keys-1960

64: So far I've given you two of the pederast varsity from the ordination class of 1966. I now commend for your consideration, the all star captain of the team, "Big Al," Rev. Eleuterio Ramos. In the year 1976, the new Diocese of Orange was formed and Fr. Ramos became part of it having just been assigned to the area the year before its formation. In his prior 9-year service in Los Angeles, he was ultimately able to generate the basis for his being named in 9 lawsuits alleging sex-abuse. His prey were altar boys, plied first with wine and then vodka screwdrivers, followed by fondling, gay pornography and then his performing oral sex to completion. This was topped off with a Polaroid photograph of the youngsters genitalia which were carefully collected into a photo album. Despite reports to diocesan authorities about his proclivities and activities at different assignments, Church officials did nada. In 1979 came a report of the rape of a 12-year old boy that couldn't be ignored and "Big Al" was shipped off for the usual priestly pedophile rehabilitation out of state. I should note that while he was undergoing his "treatment" he managed to use the facility's stationary to proposition a 13-year old boy. Eventually he was deemed cured. | On his return, he continued to molest and the diocese continued to move him until they made him a pastor in 1984. He spoke out for immigrant and Chicano rights and had a considerable sympathetic following. A year later he was sent to Tiajuana for missionary work after he admitted to the bishop he had "slipped up" with another altar boy. In Mexico he was placed in charge (fox in the hencoop?) of a children's ministry. His list of admitted victims was at least 25. He was given the title "King of the County Pedophiles." He was suspended from his priestly duties belatedly on 4/5/91 and faded from sight. He was located in a rundown trailer park in 2003 in rapidly declining health. He died in 2004 at age 63, having avoided the lodging of any criminal charges against him. | Eleuterio V. Ramos | "King of the Orange County Pedophiles"

65: Forty five years after our high graduation we had a get together at Ned Chavira's house. George and Ned are both successful attorneys by this time. | Gary Kneier on the bar-1960 | 1960/ 2005

66: Fifty-three years later Cardinal McIntyre's stamped signature has completely faded away.

67: It was thought that it would be of some interest to organize a ten-year reunion in 1970 for the high school. it turned out that there were many difficulties in doing this, but eventually it happened in November 1971. Attending were seven of our members were were priests: Welbers, Supancheck, Shaw, Scott, Jabro, Lombardi, and Dotson. In addition we had four former faculty members: Frs. Ready, Wood, Daspit and Charlie Barr. From the lay class members, there were Jaeger, Crook, Chavira, Obregon, Reagan, Metoyer, Gremer and Howard, plus various members of their families. We did learn that out of the 32 who graduated high school, thirty-one went on to get at least one college degree. Although everyone seemed to enjoy themselves, there was never another such class reunion.

68: 1 9 7 1 | Much admired Fathers Ready and Barr | Kathy Gremer with C. Barr | Frs Daspit and Wood | Remarks from Tom Welbers | "Pancho" Obregon & son

71: 1 9 6 1 | 1 9 9 5 | Mission Photos

72: Arcade of the Convento | Mission San Fernando Rey De Espana

73: 1960-61 First Year College | Barney Gatlin lines up a shot | Gary Kneier hits it into orchard

74: George D. Crook and I have enjoyed arguing politics since 1956. He loved FDR and the New Deal. I thought that it was an ill-conceived step toward socialism. These arguments were always lively, but respectful. They continued into our respective legal careers and still go on today. We took these posed photos with a very old camera. | It was shortly after we took these pictures that I acquired a used Rolleiflex twin lens reflex camera and started to get fascinated by this hobby. Norm Supancheck had a similar camera with big negatives and high shutter speeds. It made for much better photos. Unfortunately none of those negatives still exist. | Old Politics & Young Antagonists

75: "Watch your attitude!" | The last 2 annuals were printed on a pebbly surface and are difficult to use in this application. Oh for those negatives! | Walt Haley demonstrates Confession. | Barney in another picture per his plan | Scenes | Seminary

76: Sports Board | Gary Kneier was our last class representative on the Board. H.S. reps now outnumbered college. | George Crook pitches to John Gremer | Kneier & Hanifin ran the pool | Gatlin again

77: High School Humbled in Annual Game again. | Barney Gatlin gets a Shelburne pass over high school's Frank Beeler | Frank Beeler catches Dave Hoover pass | Hoover intercepts pass | Pete Bressers | John Gremer & Bob Bland

78: G. Ferrick shoots over J. Gremer | Basketball on the Asphalt | Mike Young lays it up.

79: Lou Stallkamp grabs one. | Frank Lyons and Bill Frazer | Mike Harris and others use the bars | Lou Stallkamp and Frank Jones

80: John Gremer, Master of Ceremonies | This is Mike Shadow as infirmarian with dorm details behind | Another bogus photo of Barney Gatlin for The Prep | More spiritually inclined students such as Bill Kerze & Charley Herbelin used the side chapel.

81: The editors Bill Scott, Frank Lyons and Pat Metoyer confer with Fr. Ready | This is a completely bogus picture of Barney and Ned supposedly helping to print photos for "The Prep." Still another photo with Barney in it. | The college librarians were Gary Lombardi, Frank Lyons, Al Crowell and Ted Howard with 6th Year Clark Law. | Ted Howard and Norm Supancheck were friendly competitors to get the most photos in "The Prep" annual. | Assembling The Prep | 1 9 6 1

82: Bob Jabro and Fred Lawrence-Mission Sacristans | The Stamp Club | sorbus | M J R | P a t M e t o y e r

83: This ancient artifact was called a sliderule | "Clexy" Hansen with Tim Almy

84: I always considered G. Patrick Ziemann to be a friend of mine. He was from a distinguished Pasadena family. His father was a Superior Court judge and his mother was the daughter of nationally famed Los Angeles attorney Joseph Scott who was known and honored as "Mr. Los Angeles." As well as anyone else, he appeared to be the paragon of what a seminarian should aspire to be. He was friendly and outgoing. He seemed to be genuinely spiritual. He cared about people. He was a decent, albeit not a great athlete. He studied hard, got great grades, and was organized well enough to help create an English translation of our Latin philosophy textbook by Josephus Gredt to assist Latin-challenged classmate, Dick Dornan (I later inherited this, thank goodness). We carpooled from home. I worked for him as a librarian and later a summer school teacher in Carpinteria. He typed up, without pay, my grandmother's memoirs. After his ordination in 1967 I was not surprised to hear he headed the Priests' Senate for the Archdiocese. He later taught at Santa Ana's Mater Dei High School, as well as at OLQA and served as its Spiritual Director, and later the Dean of Studies and Vice Rector at the Junior Seminary. In 1986, he was named an Auxiliary Bishop and later headed up the Santa Barbara Pastoral Region. In 1992 he was named Vicar General for the Archdiocese-the second highest administrative position. Even before that year was up he was named to head up his own diocese of Santa Rosa in Northern California. He appeared to many to be on track for an archbishopric or even a red hat. A mere seven years later it was all over for him. He admitted that he had been in a two-year sexual relationship with one of his priests and it was soon found that he had so mismanaged the financial affairs of his sprawling diocese that it was found to be some sixteen million dollars in debt. The priest whose affair with the bishop had precipitated the latter's fall, was an individual whom Pat met and befriended on a trip to Costa Rica. He claimed he had seminary training. Pat, without investigating him further urged him to come to Santa Rosa. Despite some red flags and warnings from those | Bishop Pat says Mass for 8th graders in 1999 shortly before his resignation | The Enigma of G. Patrick Ziemann

85: who could see the real quality of this guy, he ordained him anyway. Fr. Jorge Hume Salas was later shown to have stolen funds from 2 parishes. Ziemann allegedly said he wouldn't turn him in in return for sex. All Pat would admit was that the sex was consensual (as if that made it alright)and then he resigned. He went into a residential treatment program and then was given fairly comfortable refuge in an Arizona monastery run by the Benedictines. They shielded him and gave him privacy as the sex scandal grew and media people were looking for comments. He remained a bishop and a priest, albeit without faculties to carry out public functions. In 2009 he was diagnosed with advanced pancreatic cancer and, by all accounts, met his death courageously on 10/22/09. It was a matter of some controversy that he was given a fine funeral ceremony at Orange's Holy Family cathedral were he had a lengthy residence during his teaching tenure at Mater Dei High School. It is notable that while he was at Mater Dei, its principal was Msgr. Michael Harris (SJS 1972) who Pat mentored as his spiritual adviser. Harris, who was extraordinarily popular and influential in the county, but who was alleged to be a prolific pederast among his own students. After the initial usual denials, the evidence and more accusers kept coming and Harris was forced to resign from Santa Margarita High School to which he had been recently transferred. | As for former bishop Ziemann, despite the fact that the diocese settled with Fr. Salas for $535,000, there were more accusations to come. At his first assignment at St. Mathias, he was accused of starting a 19-year sexual relationship with a 6th grade altar boy. When the boy was 17, he claimed Pat began to pay him for sex. This was denied by the bishop although he admitted to giving the man cash payments up to the time of his resignation more than 30 years later. There was still another St. Mathias youngster who came forward to accuse him of sexual abuse. For irony, how's this: Ziemann co-authored the book, "Leadership for Catholic Youth Ministry," still for sale. He was also accused of sexual assault on a young seminarian while he was at OLQA. Even more troubling was a charge that while a bishop visiting Orange County, he even molested another boy in the confessional. I guess in the end, I just didn't know Pat. He displayed so many admirable qualities and attributes. The admissions he made in the aftermath of his fall suggest something more significant than just a momentary lapse of judgment. Somehow he must have created an extraordinary rationalization. It is almost inconceivable to me that those in authority who advanced Pat didn't know something about his weakness. How he could have risen so far without anyone knowing about the real "Zeke"? Hard to believe. | Bishop Ziemann

86: St. John's Seminary College 1961-2005

87: Campus Under Construction | When we arrived there were 3 residence halls named after saints: Vibiana, Pius and Paul. There was supposed to be a fourth built where a reservoir and water tower were. It never happened, as the need simply wasn't there anymore.

88: Our Room 1961-62 | David Herrera | Robert Jabro | Robert Hutchings | Theodore Howard

89: The College | The Theologate | With our college campus largely unfinished, we had to utilize much of the facilities at the Theology Department situated down the hill from the college residential buildings where we only slept. | Theology | Recent aerial view shows campus relationships

90: At the time of the dedication of Los Angeles College in 1927, Archbishop Cantwell realized that to complete his vision for the archdiocese to be truly self sustaining, there needed to be a major seminary built. It was probably no coincidence that at just about the same time, Juan Camarillo made a gift of 100 acres of land to the archdiocese for the specific purpose of the erection of a major seminary. He wanted it named after his own patron saint, John the Evangelist. The Great Depression soon intruded to slow down this effort and the actual fund-raising effort commenced February 11, 1938. In 6 weeks it had achieved much of its goal so that ground breaking occurred. The institution was opened September 12, 1939 with 67 students utilizing the two residential buildings. The first ordinations were apparently in 1941. The first rector was Rev. William Barr, CM who would stay in that position until he was replaced following the death of Archbishop Cantwell in 1947. In the second ordination class, that in 1942, Rev. John P. Cremins was made a priest. He was very gifted in the field of music. At OLQA he taught us Gregorian Chant and Sacred Polyphony. It was such a relief when he was there to train and lead the choir instead of the clueless B.J. McCoy. In 1956 the first expansion at SJS was completed with the addition on the East of the campus of the third residential unit, Aedes Sancti Thomae which raised the capacity to 180 students. Also added was additional classrooms and a recreation room. | Short History of St. John's Seminary | Rev. William P. Barr, CM | Fr. John P. Cremins

91: In our first year at Camarillo, the new campus had nothing except residences so we went down the hill to the Theologate for food, prayer, classes and recreation. That campus was then 22 years old built on a portion of land donated in the name of the Camarillo family on the parcel that divided two historic Ranchos of Calleguas and Las Posas. Much of the 100 acres has now been sold off. Some claim it was to help pay the settlement for the alleged wrongs of some of its graduates. | The classical architectural style of the SJS buildings gives the old campus a certain timeless quality and serenity to contrast with the upheaval in the two thousand year old institution it is supposed to serve.

92: This is the fountain that John Kenney fixed with the theology recreation room behind. | This is the chapel for the theologate division | SJS | View from the library steps toward the residences

93: The central courtyard outside the SJS chapel remains unchanged

94: The athletic facilities at Theology | This is the archbishop's house. I would not recommend drinking any bottled beer you might find in its refrigerator. (Don't ask!)

95: Photos Found on the Internet

96: Theology Bell Tower | The Grotto was place for contemplation

97: The Edward L. Doheny Library | Edward L. Doheny was a very wealthy tycoon who was accused of making a $100,000 bribe to Interior Secretary Albert Fall in order to obtain a drilling lease on the Elk Hills Naval Petroleum Reserve near Taft, California. This was part of the "Teapot Dome" scandal that finished the ruin of the reputation of the dead President Warren G. Harding. Fall, a former New Mexico senator was convicted and served a year in prison for taking a bribe, the first Cabinet Secretary to be imprisoned. Curiously, Doheny, although tried twice, was twice acquitted of making a bribe. He passed away at age 79 in 1935. His wife, Carrie Estelle donated the funds for a library at the Sem and donated her rare book | collection to be housed there in an elegant setting. The centerpiece was a Gutenberg Bible, one of only 47 known surviving copies in the world and one of two in California. In 1987 Cardinal Mahony ordered the entire Doheny collection auctioned off to generate money for the archdiocese, and more specifically for the development of the seminary institutions in Camarillo. At the time he was trying to triple enrollment. Nee4less to say, it didn't work out very well. On a personal note, part of the Doheny collection was my Grandmother Louise W. Watkins' Kate Greenaway Collection that Mrs. Doheny had purchased from her. In the basement of the library was the SJS darkroom. In 1962 I inherited the job of the school photographer and this became my domain until the following year when I got my own darkroom at the college. During that first year with the equipment, Barney Gatlin and I hatched a plan to sell class photos to our schoolmates. I took the photos and Barney did the marketing. The demand was terrific. As a result I occasionally had to work very late in the basement when I was supposed to be up the hill in my bed. This one night, it was long after bedtime, when all of a sudden, Fr. Pansini appeared at the door and caught me in an inexplicable predicament. I was never so scared in my life! He ordered me to report myself to the Dean of Discipline the next day. I sweated blood outside that door before I finally went in and confessed my conduct. After all that dread and worry, really nothing happened to me beyond pledging to be to bed on time. Needless to say Barney was never implicated.

98: The unfinished covered walkway from the refectory towards classrooms | The Administration Building was situated at the center of the three residential buildings | P h o t o g r a p h y | N i g h t i m e | Full Moon and Trashcan

99: Frosh vs Sophs Football Game 1961 | Gary Kneier lead blocks for Barney | Frank Beeler loose for sideline pass | Gary Kneier catches first T.D.

100: The Last of Football | We greatly enjoyed playing football at the seminaries, even the diluted version of the game we were reduced to. The biggest athletic events were the all star games pitting one class or one school against the other, Injuries still occurred fairly frequently. In the Theology vs. College game Lou Del Castillo broke his arm and football in any form was banned on orders of the Cardinal himself. | Well, as you might imagine such a ban called for some ingenuity on the part of the students to get around it so we could still play our game. A surreptitious hike was organized to get to Adolfo Camarillo High School where we played anyway. Unfortunately I broke a toe during the contest and was too crippled to hike up and down the hill. I had to stay for a month or so down the hill hiding behind the canard that I dropped a stool on my foot, | Gary Kneier's second touchdown catch versus the Freshmen's Joe Gerakos | John Doyle tries to tag Pete Pomeroy

101: Barney Gatlin to John Gremer pass | Frank Beeler runs | Dick Dornan, Bernie Brakel and Tom Sweet watch Gatlin shoot. | This is one of a series of photos I took of John Gremer's hands for "Evangelist"

102: Still Playing in Long Pants | Barney Gatlin and my '62-'63 roomie Lou Del Castillo | In the three photos here you see Gatlin's consistent jump shot on display.

103: Barney Gatlin hits a Tom Cotton pitch with Tom Horan behind plate. John Balak was the umpire behind Horan. "Tex" Dorsett is at third base. | C o l l e g e v s T h e o l o g y

104: S o m i s | H i k e s | On weekends we were allowed all day to be off campus if we walked. If a bike or a car was the mode of transport, you could only be gone of a half day. Nearby Somis was an easy walk.

105: Due to these rules, there was not a chance to get to the beach. One year a group of us trained to jog down to Pt. Mugu for that purpose. They said it couldn't be done. We trained hard for it and actually made it by cutting through Camarillo State Hospital and all the barb wire at the Navy base. We made it to a pristine shore that appeared never to have seen man. Of course when we tried to swim in the surf we cramped up from the long run. We returned tired, but proud.

106: Rockets 1961-62 | ORION I | During sophomore year we built a rocket as our science project. We successfully launched it in Arizona in the summer. It was really a blast!

107: In 1963 we re-launched our rocket with the assistance of the U.S.Navy up at China Lake NOTS on April 16th. | O R I O N I B | Fr. Wood, Gremer, McKay, Supancheck & me

108: In the summer of 1962 Jerry Plesetz and I assisted Rich Boylan and Pat Ziemann with Fr. Frank Roughan's summer school in Carpinteria. They fooled me in accompanying them to what I thought was a car ride to the Seattle World's Fair. It turned out that they really were getting me to go along to the International Liturgical Conference held on the Fair's grounds and knew that such a non-traditional agenda would hold no attraction for me. I was not amused at the subterfuge. | S e a t t l e | False Pretenses

109: During our first year in Camarillo we had to share the chapel at theology on a staggered basis while they built what was called the Prayer Hall. This was ready for our use in the 1962-63 term. We would finally get a chapel (albeit incomplete) in our senior year, 1963-64. | J u n i o r Y e a r

110: The Prayer Hall Finished | The Prayer Hall opened in the 1962-63 term and served as our place of worship for the year

111: Passageway between St. Vibiana and the Administrative Building

112: Photos I took of his hands for a spread in "The Evangelist" magazine | John Gremer | Our beds in the residence buildings

113: I had an urgent phone call from my folks that the beach house was being threatened by high surf. We got permission to go and help save the place. When we arrived the danger had passed. The folks went home and Barney and I enjoyed a vacation from Lent 1963 at the seminary. | One big wave and a rock came aboard the beach house | Gatlin unloads crucial rescue equipment

114: In the 1962-63 school year, we finally were virtually separated from the sister campus "down the hill." We were just occasional visitors to theses courtyards and corridors. In the Spring of 1963 we were able to host Theology for an all-star game at our facility and we beat them, everyone still wearing long pants.

115: 1963 All Star Basketball Pageantry | Bob Tritz shoots over John Steinbock | Louie Del Castillo gets the tipoff. | Barney's jump hook

116: Summer Baja Trip 1963 | Barney and I, along with underclassmen John Doyle, Bill McLean, Ken Locken took a surfing trip to Baja just before school reopened in September for our senior year at SJSC | Bill McLean turns right | Someone had this great idea to chase some Mexican cows thusly with Doyle and Gatlin on the hood | Breakfast in Ensenada

117: La Casa Siesta in San Miguel | Sam Miguel had this rock jetty that the surf broke toward. It gave me a great place to take pictures. | Bill McLean and Barney Gatlin get together. | Kennny Locken

118: College Senior Year 1963-1964 | Now I can't prove this, but I think senior year we didn't have the same menu for dinner twice.

119: D oheny | Library | 1963 View at sunset | 1992 views | Interior of the College Library

121: Al Crowell and Ned Chavira

122: Touring the Campus

123: Night Color Scenes

124: John Gremer hits it right on the screws for a homer in the Big Game held on Rector's Day 1964. At that time both schools shared a rector, Fr. William J. Kenneally, CM.

125: SJSC vs. SJS Softball | Barney Gatlin, pitching and John Gremer at shortstop sparked the SJSC victory

126: "I'd put my money on the kid in the shorts!" | Pete Pomeroy takes off on a sprint.

127: Theology Trounces the College in the Tug of War | A desperate plan was followed that if it looked like we might be losing Barney would dive in and get to the other side to grab the rope and brace himself against the embankment. It failed.

128: left to right: Frazer, Davis, Adolfo, Morett, Moretta, Jabro, Angrisani and Crook with Brian Drolet in the foreground | Contested layup by BillMcLean | Johnny Gremer is safe at second

129: John Gremer launches one to left | George Crook and Tom Burrows | Al Crowell | College Rec Room | Rec facilities included pool, handball, tennis courts & basketball

130: Bernard Jerome Gatlin | The Wilfred Armstrong Chorale | J o h n B u r g e r | P h i l o s o p h y | George Ferrick and Charley Herbelin

131: Ray Sweet goes around Dick Sokol in 1964 | Alois J. Crowell | Charlie Barr swings the thurible

132: It was 1963 and folk music was still the big thing on college campuses with the Beatles about to burst on the scene and kill folk music. The Seminary was probably a little behind the time anyway, so a folk group it was. I had a banjo and a banjo was pretty de regueur for folk music, so I was asked to join with three juniors and we played and sang at a several shows during 1963-64. | The College Folk Quartet | left to right: RogerFearing, Ted Howard, Frank Beeler & Steve Reno

134: The SJSC Chapel was only partially completed before our 1964 graduation. This shows it when all the work was finished later. It now faces being demolished. | St. James Chapel

136: My mother and I-May 30, 1964

137: G r a d u a t i o n | D e p a r t u r e | and

138: After College | After our graduation from SJSC on May 30, 1964, a number of us decided not to continue on the path to the Roman Catholic priesthood. The others simply moved down the hill to the theologate after the summer vacation. Besides strong friendships of long standing, I continued to be involved in the amateur rocket project with John Gremer, Norm Supancheck and Fr. Robert Wood. In addition during that first summer, Barney Gatlin and I had the good fortune to gain the use of the Tiki Hut on Padaro Lane through the McCloskey family, as a place to go and enjoy the beach life. | The Tiki Hut and Padaro Lane | 1 9 6 4 1 9 6 6

139: 1 9 6 7 | Barney on the rocks with music and breviary close by | The Great Beach Bonfire | Ned Chavira | Jamming at the McCloskeys' home on Padaro Ln.

140: Norm Supancheck joined Gremer and me in the rocket organization. He later brought in underclassman Bill Kerze, the Bockraths and John Olson who did the instruments.

141: December 1965-we assembled at SJS for a photo with our rocket. That's John Gremer & me in front with Bill Kerze, Norm Supancheck, John Olson, Fr. Wood & George Bockrath.

142: A new rocket project | Ready to Launch | The Instruments | China Lake | Ignition! | The faulty system

144: 1 9 6 8 | Cardinal McIntyre ordains the survivors

145: Traditional First Blessing

146: Barney Gatlin's First Mass | Barney celebrated his First Mass at his Long Beach home parish. My old antagonist, B.J. McCoy gave the homily. Jerry Plesetz, then a sub-deacon served as, well, the sub-deacon.

147: Law School Graduation | Bar Passing | 1 9 6 8 1 9 6 9 | - | Barney Gatlin's first rectory-Sacred Heart

148: It started in 1958 when political discussion among a group of us led to an invitation from my remarkable maternal grandmother, Louise Ward Watkins, to have a luncheon with her to discuss issues of common interest. From then until the year of her death in 1974 we had these get togethers on an annual basis at Easter recess. No topics were ever off limits. | Here former professor, Fr. Daspit sits with Barney. | LWW with her award from Japan

149: The above photos are from the 1973 event in Pasadena. Pat Ziemann who was then the Spiritual Director and Dean at OLQA attended. George Crook was a new lawyer and Al Crowell had recently abandoned the priesthood. John Gremer was always a fixture at these events. | Gary Kinzer assists LWW in 1974. | George had gone from a teacher to join me in practicing law.

150: A Funeral in East L.A. | Barney Gatlin and I were able to maintain our friendship on almost a daily basis when he was assigned to Sacred Heart Parish in East L.A. I would drive over from Pasadena after work in my law office and we would play one-on-one basketball to near exhaustion. Barney's pastor was fairly easy going and I was welcome in the rectory. I got to know the other assistant pastor, Don Nylund, and we got in a number of joint activities. | One night after our game, there was a Laker basketball playoff game and I stayed at the rectory to watch it while Barney left to meet with some unwed mothers. In doing this he had completely forgotten he was to say a rosary for a departed parishioner. The pastor and Fr. Nylund were also absent. I was just sitting there watching the game when the elderly housekeeper came in asking for Fr. Gatlin. I answered that I really didn't know where he was. She was quite upset because the car from the funeral home was there to take the priest to the ceremony. Apparently this was a big deal and the poor lady was beside herself demanding some sort of solution from me. As a joke I asked her what did she want me to do, impersonate a priest? She suddenly seized on the joke and thought it was a workable plan, overruling all my objections. I was quickly dressed in Barney's cassock and collar. She then got the pastors surplice which made me look like a reasonable approximation of a cleric. I went downstairs to the waiting mortician and off we went with some vague conversation about me visiting from St. Andrew's in Pasadena. I got through the rosary well enough thanks to the fact that most of the rather large assembly didn't speak English. I almost died when the funeral director handed me holy water to sprinkle the corpse. Needless to relate I didn't stay around long to offer my condolences. When I arrived back at Sacred Heart and rang the bell, I could see through the semi-transparent door glass that Barney was approaching to answer. He was doubled over with merriment at what the housekeeper had told him we had done.

151: And The Years Keep Rollin' By | I would still see some of my classmates for good reasons like a touch football game in Newport Beach in 1978.

152: The athletic field at SJSC revisited prior to the school's 2005 closure | Courtyard outside the chapel at Theology | In this corridor I sweated bullets waiting to turn myself in to the Dean after getting busted by "Panzer" in '63.

153: Get together at SJS with Lou Del Castillo, Ned Chavira, me and George Crook in March 1990

154: A l u m n i

155: D a y s | During my experience while in the seminaries it seemed that once someone left, it was like they had been found wanting and they were not welcome to return for visits. It was a little different for me because of the rocket program, at least for a while. At some point however things changed and all of a sudden in 1991 we had sponsored alumni events at the two schools and even ex-priests were welcome. A stigma had been erased. | Welcome Back Fellas! | In the top photo John Gremer is talking with his former post-seminary roommate Jim Sullivan & his wife. Below is a view of the athletic field set up for the families. | 1991 on

156: John Gremer explains chapel features to his kids | 1 9 8 9 A l u m n i D a y | John Gremer and his kids in the college quad | Crooks & Gremers stroll with Bill Hamilton

157: George and a visiting Tim Almy at Ned Chavira's house | B b q | at | Darla & Ned's | Darla Chavira behind Ned & Johnny | Tim Almy left OLQA in 1960 and lived in Georgia | Reflections

158: T h e Old N e w G e o r g e | The New Old George | G a t h e r i n g a t N e d 's | 1959

159: 40 Years | Orion I team, minus Tom McKay, 42 years later | Gary Kneier, Ph.D. | Al Crowell and John Gremer in Laguna | R e u n i o n

160: Left to right: Howard, Crook, Crowell, Kneier, Gremer & Chavira | George and Norm enjoy the reunion dinner at my house-May 2004

161: Alumni Day at the Jr. Seminary | From Tom Cotton's Archives | Tommy Horan was a sports hero of mine throughout my school years. This picture was taken at Tom Cotton's in 2003. | Norman Supancheck-Collaborator in rockets and photography | Ned, Mike Molloy and John Gremer at the Convocation at Alemany H.S. in September. | "George, tell us the one about your 'imperial expansion.'" | 2 0 0 6

162: Tom Cotton, here with John Gremer at left and his wife, Betty at the right opened his large photo collection for me to select some for this project. Thank you, Tom! | George & I get to argue about FDR again | Mike Molloy told us of his success as an author | O L Q A | Gremer, Mike Clements & Bernie Brakel | 2 0 0 6

163: 2010: Ned Chavira, John Gremer and I joined Norm Supancheck at the former OLQA | Fallon, Sokol, Supancheck, me & Cotton | Fr. Francis Weber talks with Ned Chavira, Mike Molloy and me

164: Rev. Bob Jabro | Msgr. Thomas Welbers Beverly Hills, CA | Fr. Richard Troutman | Classmates Found on the Internet | Bob Jabro now lives with his wife Kathy in Seal Beach, CA. He performs religious and non-religious weddings and provides bereavement counseling | Dick is Pastor of St. Odilia Church in Tucson, Arizona. I wonder where that is with reference to our 1962 rocket launch outside of that city.

165: Dr. Mike Molloy's Great Books | Dr. Gary Kneier Calgary, Alberta | Mike Molloy's textbook on comparative religion has come out in its sixth edition this year, It's again being published by the McGraw-Hill. I had contact with Mike 10 years ago, but I can't reconnect now. | After leaving the Trappists, Gary became a clinical psychologist and settled in Canada where he still practices. | On the left is Norm Supancheck from May 2013 Alumni Day at SJS

166: S J S C C L O S E D & O V E R G R O W N | d e a t h o f o u r A l m a m a t e r | A sad sight-the weeds take over SJSC facilities awaiting demolition

167: Well, I'm at the finish of this project looking back almost 60 years to a time that both I and my classmates were quite different from what we are today. Then we pretty much shared the same belief system and values. We all thought we wanted to be priests in a very old institution whose teachings I doubt any of us questioned. That is no longer the case. It appears there is a spectrum of beliefs and values in this group today that is startlingly diverse, going from a devout unquestioned adherence with that ancient belief system to its complete rejection. I find myself today close to that latter category. Doctrines such as biblical inerrancy, transubstantiation, the Immaculate Conception, the Assumption, physical resurrection, papal infallibility, virgin birth, veneration of the saints, etc., failed to stand up to my own critical examination. In my case faith had to give way to science and an accurate history. After the comic book history of B.J. McCoy, I thought I really had someone to admire in Newman Eberhardt. As much as I had admired the guy, he turned out to be more an apologetic apologist than an objective historian when it came to his Church. That realization was very disturbing and called for more questioning. If you have the truth, why shield it in a tissue of lies and blatant omissions? I guess all that realization assisted to make me something of a (ugh!) secular humanist. And I always hated that term. It's as bad as calling me a New Dealer. | Returned to a black robe-2010 | Given that hitherto unsavory personal description, one might well wonder if I regretted the eight years spent in the seminary. I have no regrets and still view it as a positive experience, conceding that my life would arguably have been quite different had I gone to a regular high school. I certainly would never have met and enjoyed the associations I had with the fellows who started that journey of self-knowledge with me in 1956.

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