Open Letter to Pope Francis
David A. Francis Niklas Dailey
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1885 Blake Avenue, St. Stephen Roman Catholic Church
Glenwood Springs, Western Colorado 81601 N.A.
Archdiocese of Denver
1425 Bay Road, St. Francis of Assisi Roman Catholic Church
East Palo Alto, Northern California 94303 N.A.
Archdiocese of San Francisco
August 25, 2015
To: Vatican City
Office of Pope Francis I
Dear Your Holiness Pope Francis I:
Would you please come visit the United States among my Catholic and unchurched friends in Glenwood Springs, Colorado (St. Stephen) and East Palo Alto, California (St. Francis of Assisi)? Your grace, I cannot visit you would you please come here to pray with us?
Attached is a letter I sent to your office last summer. At the time, I realized I could not make an European pilgrimage due to my personal health.
Our parish in East Palo Alto will again be celebrating from Friday the 2nd until dark on Sunday, October 4, 2015, the annual feast day of St. Francis of Assisi. 2013 was my first year in Father Ed’s, Msgr. John, and Pastor Father Larry Goode’s parish and I really had fun.
You would find St. Francis full of life – our parishioners are largely Hispanic, with many Pacific Island (Tongan), Black, White, and Asian-Americans – in a very poor and relatively crime-ridden neighborhood ironically immediately adjacent to Silicon Valley USA and wealthy corporations like Facebook.
I realize how important your trip to Cuba is, but I urge your group to canonize Father Junipero Serra in Northern California and visit our parishes.
My newest parish is St. Stephen’s – located beautifully about 3 hours west of Denver and some 100 miles west of the North American Continental Divide along the Colorado River and the Amtrak Railroad passenger train line – less than a mile south of the famous hot springs. Pastor Father Bert and Father Joseph have been terrific! This town of 9,000 has only fewer than 800 Catholics.
Thank you for your consideration. I am feeling better already just by knowing you are there for all Catholics and for all of humanity. I shall keep reminding others to continue to pray for you and to take our concerns first in prayer to The Lord.
D. A. F. N. “Buck” Dailey
Cc: Archbishop Most Reverend Most Samuel Aquila
Archbishop Most Reverend Salvatore Cordileone
Pastor Father Bert Chilton (Colorado)
Pastor Father Lawrence Goode (California)
Bishara David Elias “Bob” Wehab (West Menlo Park)
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