Thursday, June 27, 2013

Monsignor retires from North Vancouver parish

Msgr. Pedro Lopez-Gallo reflects on 'life full of adventure'
Msgr. Pedro Lopez-Gallo was recently profiled in The Province newspaper.
He served as pastor of St. Pius X parish in North Vancouver for almost 30 years.
(Photo credit: Jason Payne / The Province.)
At the Vatican, he spent decades in service to multiple popes. Now, Msgr. Lopez-Gallo, the pastor of St. Pius X parish since 1986, has decided to retire. However, he remains as the Archdiocese of Vancouver's Judicial Vicar and columnist for The B.C. Catholic.

Recently, the monsignor was profiled in The Province:

“With all its sham, drudgery and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world."
Those poignant lines, posted on the wall of Msgr. Pedro Lopez-Gallo’s office, are a good place to start on this man’s amazing life and times.
Born in Mexico in the 1920s, when Catholic priests were being wiped out, he went on to meet a half-dozen popes during his 25 years at the Vatican and eventually founded a Catholic elementary school in North ­Vancouver.
Now 86, he has retired as parish priest and is “slowing down” with a five-day-a-week job at the Vancouver Archdiocese.
Read the full article here.

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