Chico Latin Mass update
This afternoon, after holy Mass, I had the pleasure of meeting the new pastor at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Chico. Fr. Timothy Nondorf replaces Fr. Blaise Berg as both pastor of St. John’s and chaplain of the Newman Center. Fr. Nondorf told us that he is in the process of learning the Extraordinary Form, which is of course a great relief to our little community. Chico is home to the only approved Latin Mass in the diocese north of Sacramento, and it seems that our bishop is committed to keeping it here.
We welcome Fr. Nondorf to Chico and are looking forward to getting to know him over the coming months and years. At the same time we will greatly miss Fr. Berg, who was so generous with his time and talent, and who often went “the extra mile” for the Latin Mass community here. Fr. Berg is now the Vicar of Clergy for the Diocese of Sacramento.
By the way, St. John’s is blessed with two additional priests who celebrate the traditional Mass, so we’re not expecting any interruptions.
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