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Good wishes to Bishop Lopes
September 12th, 2016
By Zella Kotala

What do my son Carl and Bishop Steven Lopes have in common in addition to being born a few miles and years apart?

They are both born to Polish-Portuguese parents and both of their mothers are retired teachers who taught in Archdiocese of San Francisco Catholic schools including St. Monica, St. Anne and St. Pius.

When the bishop was a deacon assigned to my parish, St. Anselm, I discovered the similarities in a conversation with him. He was later assigned to St. Anselm as a priest.

That year, there were celebrations at St. Mary’s Cathedral where the future bishop was very visible on the altar. At a reception following one of the events, I made a prediction to him that he would one day be a cardinal. I was in my 70s then, so I added that I would not probably be around when that happened.

The next week he was named monsignor and six years later bishop of the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter established by Pope Benedict XVI for Episcopalian congregations converting to Catholicism.

Our scholar pope has not been given the credit he deserves for this foresight, I believe.

For Bishop Lopes, two Portuguese good wishes: Parabems and Saudada!

Zella Kotala
San Anselmo


From September 15, 2016 issue of Catholic San Francisco.


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