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From left, Trieu Moreland, Lu Bradford, Archbishop Brunett and Merlie Pablico.
Merlie Pablico/Courtesy photo

Trio visits former administrator

We are just ordinary people but we deeply feel gratitude for the grace and joy shown by Archbishop Alex J. Brunett, former apostolic administrator of the Oakland diocese, when we visited him in Seattle.

The community of the Diocese of Oakland felt sad — and so does he — after he left for Seattle to return to his retirement. Several of us had promised to visit him.

On July 20 he was 20 minutes early to pick us up at the airport. We had a late breakfast at the nearest hotel restaurant close to St. James Cathedral. We then toured his office and proceeded to the historic, century-old cathedral. He told us the history of every corner of the cathedral.

In the afternoon we drove down to the Josephinum building, an old hotel in downtown Seattle, that Archbishop Brunett renovated into "The Christ our Hope Parish." He proudly introduced us as his friends from Oakland to Rev. Paul Magnano, the pastor of the parish.

He showed his sense of humor when he said the Elvis Presley suite is still unoccupied. He generously opened up his place for us.

After dinner we received a blessing, a rosary and a symbolic pendant of him and the St. James Cathedral. It was such a great and indescribable experience the whole time we were with him.

(Merlie Pablico of Orinda is a lector and choir member at the Cathedral of Christ the Light.)

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