Father Richard Mangini
Father Richard Mangini was born and raised in Concord. His family was a pioneer farming family with their home in the foothills of Mt. Diablo.
He attended Queen of All Saints School in Concord and on graduation decided to further his education in a Catholic seminary, ultimately becoming a Catholic priest. After his ordination he was assigned to several parishes, eventually becoming Pastor of the St. Bonaventure Parish in Concord, very near his family home.
He retired in 2017 after 21 years as Pastor. Under his care, St. Bonaventure Parish flourished as an active religious institution and a vibrant center of the community. He was beloved by his parishioners for his religious devotion, dedication to his parish, common-sense religious teachings, and his energy and wit.
Most of the blog readers are parishioners, but if you are new to this community and would like to know more about Father Richard, please view this article: https://www.eastbaytimes.com/2017/04/16/peterson-on-final-easter-retiring-pastor-says-amen-but-not-goodbye/
At the onset of the pandemic, I missed Fr. Richard’s words and voice and asked him if he would send me any of his recent writings on what is happening in these times. This was the beginning of the blog.
At first, I published his articles on my Facebook account and email, but then I thought it would be nice to have an organized place to go back and look any time any of us needed some peace. I hope you find comfort in his words as I have. I am not putting our direct contact information on this blog because I hear that if your email is on a public website you tend to get a lot of nasty spam. But please use the form on the Contact page to share your questions or comments. This is all volunteer and I check as often as I can, especially since I am new to this.
Please bear with me and let me know if there are any glitches!
Yours in Christ,
Mary Franceschini is editor for this blog. She enjoys working with Fr. Richard’s homilies, is writing Lenten reflections for St. Bonaventure parish, and is a first time author. For more information about Ms. Franceschini’s writing, please visit her blog at https://www.maryfranceschini.com.