In Memoriam: Rev. Keith Forster

Rev. John Hydar “escaped” from Milwaukee to California at age six.  He felt a deep calling to the priesthood at an early age and entered the Junior Seminary in the ninth grade.  He was ordained in 1950 and was active in the priesthood until his departure in 1969.  He married Roberta in 1971 and worked in vocational rehabilitation while earning a Masters of Rehabilitation Administration from USF in 1984.  He resumed his ministry in the 1990’s, performing weddings and funerals.  He was called to St. Anthony’s in 2010.  He can be reached at

On the theme of “What St. Anthony’s means to me,”  here is a quote with which I am in deep agreement, from Linda Pinto, my long time friend and a long time advocate of Church reform:

What does a renewed and reformed Catholic church look like? It resembles the communities who gathered in the first centuries around the witness of Jesus. It is men, women, children and strangers who hunger for his message of unconditional love and redemptive justice. It’s a home where the sacred is present and celebrated, not only in scripture, but in each and every participant in the community. The Eucharistic Liturgy is the space where all are welcomed and nourished. It is filled with scripture, music, personal sharing and, above all, the celebration of the sacred among and within us. A reformed and renewed church is where sacraments are rich opportunities for grace, not a litmus test for adherence to current church policy. Church becomes a safe and secure refuge from the chaos that surrounds us, but acts only to strengthen us to fully embrace the world. It is a place of full equality and inclusion no matter your gender, sexual orientation, status in society or abilities. It is a Gospel home in the true sense. Impossible? Nothing is impossible with God! (Luke 1:37)

Rev. Dr. Grandma Cynthia Yoshitomi is also a native Californian who was raised in a multiethnic environment: her father was Catholic, her mother was LDS (Mormon) and she grew up in an ethnically-mixed Los Angeles neighborhood.  (She remembers going to her LDS primary lessons in her Catholic School uniform.) She holds a BA in Leisure Studies, an MA in Educational Administration and a Doctorate in Ministry.  For more than twenty years Cindy worked in campus ministry at Alverno High School, Occidental College and UCLA.  She was Chair on the L.A. Archdiocese task force on the Status of Women in the Church.  She also served as a human relations trainer for the National Conference of Christians and Jews’ Green Circle Program in L.A.  Cindy is a long-time friend of the LGBT community and is considered a Womanist-Feminist Interreligious practitioner and leader.  She is married to Jerry Yoshitomi.  They have two grown sons and two grandchildren. She can be reached at

Dudley Conneely is a lifelong humanitarian who has worked for 35 years with international non-profit organizations in some of the poorest countries in the world. His first post was in Bolivia where he served as Country Director of Project Concern International organizing and implementing sustainable, community-based, integral development projects. From 2000 to 2008 Dudley served as the director for Emergency Disaster Response teams in Darfur, Sudan, Kabul, Afghanistan, Basra Iraq and in the city of New Orleans during the Katrina disaster. These experiences prepared Dudley for his position as Executive Director of Eyeshine. Dudley has a Bachelor of Arts, a Masters of Education and Masters of Divinity degrees from the University of the State of New York. Dudley has eight children and lives with his wife Mary in Goleta CA.