top of page

June 16, 2024

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

I received a distressing phone call on June 1st around 10:00 p.m. from Fr. Thomas Naval, pastor of Santiago de Compostela Parish in Lake Forest. Fr. Thomas told me that they had their parish appreciation dinner and that Fr. Marco Hernandez had been enjoying the celebration but then said he wasn’t feeling too well and left. Soon after that Fr. Marco collapsed and we learned that the paramedics were treating him. Subsequently, he was admitted to Saddleback Memorial’s ICU and received the sacrament of the sick. Over the course of the next week, many of us, including all the priests continued to pray for Fr. Marco while his family arrived to be with him. Fr. Marco never regained consciousness and then last Monday we heard he developed sepsis. At that point Bishop Vann went to the hospital to anoint Fr. Marco again and to give him the Apostolic Pardon and prayed with Fr. Marco’s family. A little after 8:00 p.m. Fr. Marco went to the Lord.

Fr. Marco was ordained to the priesthood in 2000 originally for the Franciscans in Guadalajara, Mexico and eventually became a priest our Diocese. He served at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, Santa Ana (2015-2018), here at St. Edward’s (2018-2023) and at Santiago de Compostela Church (2023-2024). I found Fr. Marco to be filled with joy, faith, hope and zeal. He was an excellent priest and many of you have shared with me how he touched your life and brought you closer to the Lord. At this writing, we will have a memorial Mass here in our Diocese and Fr. Marco will then be buried in his native Mexico. Please pray for the repose of his soul as well as for the consolation of his family. May he rest in peace.

In Christ,

Bishop Tim Freyer

72 views0 comments

Recent Posts

See All

Fr. Mike's Gospel Reflection - July 14, 2024

When I was young, my mom taught me that once you accepted an invitation to someone’s house or some event, you were bound to follow through on your word. This was true even if you “got a better offer”

Fr. Mike's Gospel Reflection - July 7, 2024

I could not be more pleased or humbled that Bishop Vann has appointed me Administrator at St. Edward the Confessor. I have heard so many good things about St. Ed’s and am thrilled to be a part of such

June 30, 2024

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, These past nine and half months at St. Edward/San Felipe de Jesus have been a great blessing to me. I am grateful for the warmth with which you welcomed me and esp


bottom of page