Monsignor James T. Tarantino passed away, April 25, 2018, on the Feast of Saint Mark the Evangelist. He was 66 years of age, and had served over 36 years as a priest of this Archdiocese. Born July 25, 1951, Jim grew up in San Francisco, the fourth son of the late Peter and Marguerite Tarantino. He graduated with degrees in psychology and philosophy from the University of San Diego, and then applied to Saint Patrick's Seminary in Menlo Park. On November 28, 1981, Fr. Tarantino was ordained to the priesthood at Saint Mary's Cathedral by Archbishop John R. Quinn. He was a Parochial Vicar at St. Gabriel Church in San Francisco and then to Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church in Redwood City. In 1991, Archbishop Quinn appointed Fr. Tarantino as President of Marin Catholic High School.

Father served as Pastor of St. Hilary Church in Tiburon for 13 years. He was named a Prelate of Honor to His Holiness, with the title of Monsignor on June 26, 2010, and accepted Archbishop Niederauer's request to serve in the Chancery of the Archdiocese as Vicar General, Vicar for Administration, and Moderator of the Curia. In 2014, Monsignor Tarantino began his assignment as Pastor of Saint Mark Parish.

Over the years, Monsignor served on numerous committees of the Archdiocese, including terms as dean in southern Marin and dean in southern San Mateo County, and membership on the Priest Personnel Board, the Presbyteral Council, and the College of Consultors. For many of those years, Monsignor also represented the Archbishop as the designated Liaison for Charismatic Renewal of the Archdiocese, and was a founding member of the Northern California Charismatic Renewal Coalition.

Excerpted from the obituary published in the S.F. Chronicle, April 29, 2018


From the Bridge, March 28, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO: The Archdiocese of San Francisco announces that Pope Francis has today appointed Fr. Robert Christian, O.P., as auxiliary bishop. Fr. Christian is a Friar of the Western Dominican Province and currently serves as Master of Students of the province.

Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone said, "I am overjoyed to welcome Fr. Christian back to his native San Francisco. We first met while studying in Rome some forty years ago and we are now all blessed that Bishop-Elect Christian joins us to serve our priests, religious, deacons and all the people of the Archdiocese."

Robert Francis Christian was born in San Francisco in 1948 to Robert Francis and Gloria Jean Christian. He was raised in St. Brendan Parish and attended St. Brendan and St. Vincent de Paul grammar schools. In 1966 he graduated from St. Ignatius High School and from Santa Clara University in 1970. That year he entered the Dominican Novitiate in Oakland.

Fr. Christian was ordained in 1976 at St. Francis de Sales Cathedral in Oakland and started his teaching career immediately thereafter at Dominican College. After later receiving his doctorate in theology at the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas (The Angelicum) in Rome he began a long teaching career there as professor of theology. He is presently a consultor to the Pontifical Council for Christian Unity and a member of the Anglican-Roman Catholic Inter-national Commission.

Bishop-Elect Christian said "I am delighted to minister in the area where I was born and raised, and where I have numerous relatives and friends. I know I can count on the prayers of many people, and I am eager to serve the people of the City and Archdiocese that I call home."

His episcopal ordination is planned to take place at St. Mary's Cathedral by the beginning of summer.


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Fr. John wishes to offer an invitation to those interested in being a part of the service and outreach of the growing ministries of the Shrine. Fr. John will be hoping to develop strong teams of volunteers to serve as Extra-ordinary ministers of Communion, Altar Servers, Lectors, Greeters, Assistant Sacristans, Ushers, Hospitality Providers, Cantors, Musicians, etc. Especially at a church that is at a stage of expanding its small but vibrant faith community - there is a great reliance on the participation of many of the few. Be a trailblazer, as together we develop the witness of the Shrine to St. Francis. If interested: please submit contact information to Fr. John at e-mail:


PORZIUNCULA PARDON is always available under the conditions the Catholic Church has stipulated. The conditions for receiving the Porziuncula Pardon are:

To receive the the Porziuncula Indulgence on August 2, one must receive sacramental absolution and receive Holy Communion at Mass during the Period beginning eight days before the Feast of Our Lady of the Angels and ending eight days after August 2. Additionally, on August 2 itself, one must visit a church where one prays at least the Creed and an Our Father for the intentions of the Pope. Additionally, one must be completely free of any attachment to sin; if this condition is not met, the indulgence is partial rather then plenary. However, at the National Shrine of St. Francis of Assisi, the Pardon of Assisi may be received on August 2 (either at the Shrine Church or the Porziuncula Nuova chapel); on October 4th, the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi (in the Shrine Church); on any two days of one's own choosing during the year (one day in the Church and one day in the Porziuncula Nuova); and as often as one makes a formal pilgrimage as part of a group to the Shrine Church or to the Porziuncula Nuova. (One may receive a plenary indulgence only once a day and it may be applied to oneself or to the soul of one of the faithfully departed. All the same conditions as on August 2nd apply.)

Donations Needed for Historic Pipe Organ

You are invited to own a piece of history at the National Shrine of Saint Francis of Assisi by contributing to help us meet the current needs of our Historic Pipe Organ. The total cost before tax and any unforeseen additions is $3,630.

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