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placeholder November 17, 2008    •   VOL. 46, NO. 20   •   Oakland, CA

A group of priests, serving as pall bearers, pray before accompanying Bishop Begin’s body from Holy Sepulchre Cemetery to the cathedral mausoleum. They are, from left, Father Daniel Begin of Cleveland, Bishop Begin’s nephew; Father William Marshall, Father Donald Osuna, Father Dan Danielson, Father John Fernandes and Father Jerrold Kennedy.
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Mausoleum dedication includes
reinterment of Bishop Floyd Begin

A portrait of Bishop Floyd Begin, first bishop of Oakland, has a prominent place on a Day of the Dead altar in one of the cathedral’s side chapels.

By Voice staff

More than 500 people gathered at Oakland’s Cathedral of Christ the Light, Nov. 2, to mark the interment of the late Bishop Floyd Begin, first bishop of Oakland, in the cathedral’s mausoleum during dedication ceremonies. Bishop Begin died in 1977 and was buried at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Hayward.

His reinterment was part of the official opening of the mausoleum, located beneath the cathedral which was dedicated on Sept. 25.

Oakland’s current bishop, Allen Vigneron, Bishop Emeritus John Cummins, Bishop Begin’s nephew, Father Daniel Begin of Cleveland, Ohio, and several local priests accompanied Bishop Begin’s body from the cemetery to the cathedral where the casket was placed in front of the altar during Evening Prayer of the Dead.

Then the casket was carried in procession to the mausoleum and placed on the catafalque made from the main altar of St. Francis de Sales Cathedral where Bishop Begin began his ministry in the diocese in 1962. This first cathedral was irreparably damaged by an earthquake in 1989 and razed in 1993.

Bishop Vigneron led the prayers of blessing in the mausoleum and incensed the mausoleum cross.

The following day Bishop Begin’s casket was placed in a crypt in a special section of the mausoleum reserved for bishops.

The two-hour service was appropriately held on the Feast of All Souls.

Bishop Vigneron, accompanied by Father Paul Minnihan, cathedral provost, walks through the mausoleum blessing the walls and stained glass windows. The windows were salvaged from St. Francis de Sales Cathedral before it was razed.

Bishop Vigneron prays in front of the casket containing the remains of Bishop Begin. The mausoleum cross in the background is a testament to the Christian hope in the resurrection.

Bishop Allen Vigneron incenses the altar during Evening Prayer, Nov. 2. The casket contains the remains of Bishop Begin that were brought to the cathedral from Holy Sepulchre Cemetery for reinterment in the cathedral’s mausoleum.

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