With the death of Archbishop Patrick F. Flores many people will remember him for different things. We at Our Lady of the Atonement should give thanks for his acceptance and implementation of the Pastoral Provision when many bishops would not.

Even against the wishes of some of his priests, he proceeded with Father Philips’ ordination and with the establishment of Our Lady of the Atonement Catholic Church. This was at the very beginning of the Pastoral Provision ordinations, and there had been no other parishes established before his decision to move ahead with our request.

We should always be grateful for this.