The Rev. Leo M. Joseph, O.S.F. Retires

The Rev. Leo M. Joseph, O.S.F. Retires

by Susanne La Faver, Senior Warden, St. John's, Lakeport

This Sunday, October 26, 2014, a special liturgy of leave taking and thanksgiving for the shared ministry at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Lakeport will mark the retirement of the Rev. Leo M. Joseph, O.S.F. from his position as Priest-in-Charge. All are welcome to attend the 10:00 a.m. service held at St. John's, Lakeport. 

What: Special Liturgy Honoring the Rev. Leo M. Joseph
When: Sunday, October 26th; 10:00 a.m.
Where: St. John's, Lakeport
1190 N. Forbes Street
Lakeport, CA 95453
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A native of New York, Fr. Leo entered a Mariavite Old Catholic Franciscan religious order in New York City in 1970, and received his Franciscan habit two years later. He was received into The Episcopal Church, as a life professed religious in 1995, and then as a priest in 1997. Pictured here are St. John’s parishioner Thelma Ramsey of Clearlake Oaks and the Rev. Leo M. Joseph, O.S.F.

“I wish to thank all of you for the opportunity to serve with you these past five (almost) years in this portion of God’s vineyard,” said Fr. Leo as he addressed the vestry in their last meeting together, “and for your love and support in this, our shared ministry in Christ, to God’s beloved children.

“I also thank Hospice Services of Lake County for their excellent care of my every need, making it possible for me to continue this ministry so long into my illness.

“In all of this, it gives me great comfort and joy to turn over my responsibility to a team of lay leaders so willing and prepared to take on this leadership role once again.”

For the past three and a half years, Fr. Leo has been living with an incurable cancer. Originally given three months to live, he has been in the loving care of Hospice Services of Lake County. Now, as one of their longest lived patients, Hospice has enabled Fr. Leo to continue to minister to his devoted parishioners, despite his increasing disability.

St. John’s is the presence and ministry of The Episcopal Church in Lake County since 1877. For more information, please visit St. John's website at

Click here to read an earlier article celebrating Fr. Leo.


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