Passing of Fr. Christian Mondor, ofm

Fr. Christian Parade Hat

Friday, April 27th, would have been Fr. Christian Mondor’s 93rd birthday, but on Wednesday night, April 25th, Fr. Christian went to God. His funeral Mass will be Friday, May 11th, and there will be a public viewing as well as a vigil on Thursday, May 10th. (That’s not this Thursday and Friday, but a week from this Thursday and Friday.) The exact times and other details can be found on the parish website or in next week’s bulletin.

For all of us, this is sad; for some of you, it might even be shocking. Fr. Christian had been in the hospital for two weeks, and every day for the first week he was telling us that he would be home the next day. He had pneumonia caused by a more fundamental problem related to his heart operation a decade ago. At the beginning of this week, the doctors realized that they needed to address that fundamental issue in order for Fr. Christian to live. And he most definitely wanted to.  

Fr. Christian never lost for a moment his desire to live, nor his love of life. With full clarity of mind, he himself made the decision on Wednesday morning to attempt a combination of treatments to save his life; however, they were not enough. After those treatments were done, I anointed him at 8:00 in the evening, and he passed 2 hours later, before the oils had time to dry.

Support has been coming in from everywhere, a symbol of who Fr. Christian was. There is no one who met him who was not changed by the experience, and so friars in Rome, Bishop Kevin Vann, civic and religious leaders, parishioner after parishioner, even people who had only met Fr. Christian a few times have sent messages to the parish. His outreach has been so extensive that it has been decided to dedicate our new plaza as “Fr. Christian Mondor Plaza.” Fr. Christian brought people together throughout his life, and he brings us together even in his eternal life.

-    Friar Ryan Thornton (Mass Announcement 4/28-29/2018)

Funeral Arrangements

•    Thursday, May 10th, from 4:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.  Rite of Reception at the Church (with Viewing)
•    Thursday, May 10th, at 7:00 p.m.   Vigil
•    Friday, May 11th, at 2:00 p.m.  Funeral Mass, a reception follows in Colman Hall
•    Saturday, May 12th, at 2:00 p.m.  Interment, in the Serra Chapel at Old Mission Santa Barbara

In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to the parish of Sts. Simon & Jude Catholic Church in honor of the Fr. Christian Mondor Plaza. Later this year the plaza will be formally dedicated to our beloved Fr. Christian, ensuring that the man who welcomed and reached out to so many will continue to welcome and reach out to generations more.

Audio & Video Recordings of Liturgies


  Video of Complete Liturgy
  Video of Entrance Procession
  Video of Liturgical Dancers
  Audio of Words of Remembrance   (Reverend Daniel Barica, ofm, Sts. Simon & Jude Catholic Church Pastor, Marsha Rechsteiner for Rabbi Steven Einstein and Rev. Dr. Peggy Price, Greater Huntington Beach Interfaith Council, Dean Torrance, Huntington Beach Surfing Community and Friend, Rich Schoenbaum, Fr. Christian’s Nephew, Jim Ortale, SSJ Men’s Club and Men’s Bible Study, Dr. Phil Johnston, SSJ Friend, Mike Haynes, SSJ Friend and Family Retreat and Mark T. Purcell for Fr. Michael Harvey, ofm and Sr. Maureen Sheehan, BVM, SSJ Pastoral Associate/Director and Liturgy & Music.

Funeral Mass

  Video of Complete Liturgy
  Video of Entrance Procession
  Video of Friars Singing the Ultima
  Audio of Fr. Dan Lackie's, ofm, Homily
  Audio of the Words of Remebrance by Nathaniel Thompson, Fr. Christian's Nephew


•    Sunday, June 10, 10:30 a.m. - Huntington Beach Pier Plaza.  Sponsored by Fr. Christian's surfing community.

For more information about Fr. Christian

•    Click here to read the biography he wrote back in 2014.
•    Click here to read his last homily.

Together with you in grief and hope,
Daniel Barica, ofm
Pastor, Sts. Simon & Jude Catholic Church