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placeholder November 7, 2016   •   VOL. 54, NO. 19   •   Oakland, CA

Rev. John David Vaughn, OFM

Rev. John David Vaughn, OFM, who twice served as minister general of the Order of Friars Minor, died Oct. 10 in Santa Barbara. He was 88 years of age, a professed member of the Franciscan Order for 67 years, and 61 years a priest.

Father Vaughn was born in Santa Ana to Morgan Leonard Vaughn and Jane Stack. After attending the Los Angeles College Seminary for one semester, he entered St. Anthony's Seminary in Santa Barbara. In 1948 he received the Franciscan habit, becoming a member of the Order of Friars Minor, also known as the Franciscan Friars. He received the religious name of Manuel, but later returned to his baptismal name, John.

He completed his college years at Mission San Luis Rey where he professed solemn vows in 1952. He was ordained to the priesthood in 1955. His first assignment was as a parochial vicar at a Sacramento parish and he later taught at St. Anthony's Seminary in Santa Barbara. Appointments as assistant master of novices and associate pastor at Mission San Luis Rey followed.

After completing post-graduate studies at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome he returned to Sacramento to serve as master of novices, local superior and pastor. In 1973, he was elected vice provincial minister for the Oakland-based Province of St. Barbara and, in 1976, provincial minister. His term was cut short, however, when he was elected minister general of the Order of Friars Minor and he moved to the order's headquarters in Rome. He was re-elected six years later.

After stepping down as minister general, Father Vaughn came to the San Francisco Bay Area in 1991 to rest. In 1994 he again became master of novices at Mission San Miguel.

In 2003 he was sent to Mission Santa Barbara where he assumed leadership of efforts to have Father Junipero Serra officially declared a saint. While on assignment there he also ministered in the parish and to the Poor Clares Sisters.

As he gradually lost his eyesight and his health declined, Father Vaughn continued to be an active presence in the Franciscan community and was "an inspiration to all," according to the obituary prepared by his order.

"Regardless of the important offices that he held, Father John was always himself — gracious and thoughtful of others, reluctant to be stern and always a brother to all the friars of the order."

The funeral Mass took place Oct. 21 at Old Mission Santa Barbara. Inurnment was to follow in the friar's vault at the Old Mission.

Rev. Wayman P. Deasy, MM

Rev. Wayman P. Deasy, MM, died at Harlem Hospital in New York Oct. 18. He was 84 years old and a Maryknoll priest for 57 years.

Born in Salt Lake City, Utah, Father Deasy was the second of three children born to Joseph and Josephine Deasy. He was raised in Oakland where he attended Our Lady of Lourdes Grammar School. After graduating from the school he entered Maryknoll's Junior Seminary in Mountain View. In 1954 he was graduated with his bachelor's degree in philosophy from Maryknoll College Seminary in Glenn Ellyn, Illinois and a master's degree in religious education in 1959 from Maryknoll Seminary in Ossining, New York. He professed his perpetual oath in June 1958.

After his ordination to the priesthood in June 1959, Father Deasy attended language school in Tanzania and then was assigned to serve in the Diocese of Musoma to work among the Luo people. He also served as pastor in the parishes of Tatwe, Kowak and Ingri.

Father Deasy returned to the U.S. in 1976 to perform development work in Texas, Louisiana and California (1976-1987). He served as assistant director of the development department (1988-1991) and later was appointed Maryknoll's chief operations officer (1991-1998). He served as assistant director of the mission promotion department and then assistant to the director of the renamed mission education and promotion department (1998-present).

Throughout his life as a Maryknoll missioner Father Deasy stressed the importance of mission education in the U.S. Church to "keep alive the flame of mission" in the world, according to the official obituary issued by his religious community.

"Evangelization is the task of every Christian and not just a select group," Father Deasy said during his 50th Jubilee in 2009. "In the U.S., we tend to become inward looking even though Popes John Paul II and Benedict XVI called on all Catholics to become missionaries."

He is survived by cousins, Sheila Robello of Manteca; Philip Meany of Centralia, Washington; Nancy Theis of Washington, DC; and Kathleen Lewis of Moraga.

The funeral Mass took place Oct. 26 at Our Lady Queen of Apostles Chapel, Ossining, NY, followed by burial in the Maryknoll Society Cemetery.

Sister Kathleen McAvoy-Jardin, OP

Sister Kathleen McAvoy-Jardin, an educator and member of the Mission San Jose Dominicans who celebrated her 40th anniversary of religious profession in May, died Sept. 30 at Stanford University Medical Center in Palo Alto after a brief illness.

A native of Oakland, Sister McAvoy, also known as Sister Helen Marie, was baptized at St. Bernard Parish and was graduated from Oakland's Bishop O'Dowd High School. Her ministry in education, which spanned from 1976 to this year, began when, as a high school student, she was teaching in the CCD program at St. Bernard.

"Father Tony Valdivia walked up to me after our Christmas program and asked me if I ever considered being a Sister," she said in an article that appeared in The Catholic Voice in 2012. "He said he really thought I had what it takes to be a Sister and a teacher. This affirmed the desire that I had had since a child to become a teaching Sister. Two years after high school I entered and the rest is history."

In the Diocese of Oakland she served as a teacher and/or principal at St. Leonard School, Fremont; St. Elizabeth Elementary School, Oakland; Dominican Kindergarten, Fremont; Our Lady of Guadalupe Elementary School, Fremont; and St. Martin de Porres Regional School, Oakland. She also taught at schools in San Jose, Oregon and in Mexico. Sister was a volunteer at Sunrise Village in Fremont.

"She brought great energy, joy and commitment to each ministry experience," according to a remembrance posted by the Dominican Sisters on their Facebook page.

The funeral Mass was held Oct. 4 at the Dominican Sisters Chapel in Fremont. Burial took place the following day in God's Acre, the Dominican Sisters Cemetery.

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