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Best Wishes to Reverand Monsignor Holquin

Our best wishes to Reverand Monsignor Arthur Holquin, the long-time pastor and rector at Mission Basilica San Juan Capistrano who is stepping down due to health concerns.  The Capistrano Dispatch has the full story here.

While he will be giving up many of his administrative responsibilities, Holquin said he will remain at the parish as “rector emeritus.” In an interview with The Dispatch on Monday, Holquin joked, “Pope Benedict and I will share something in common.” After becoming the first pope to retire in 600 years last February, the Vatican announced Pope Benedict XVI would be known as “emeritus pope.”

Holquin suffers from hereditary spastic paraplegia, a neurological disorder that limits mobility.

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