Deacon Kenneth Finn

Deacon Kenneth Finn (78) peacefully passed away at home on 2/7/2014 surrounded by his loving family after an illness that began at birth. He is survived by his loving wife Marie of 53 years, his 3 children, Laura, Dan & Gina, his son-in-law Greg, and his sonís wife Teresa who recently predeceased. He is survived by 11 loving grandchildren, Justin, Jacquelyn, Lindsey, Bernadette, Rachel, Morgan, Dan, Nick, Kenny, C.J., and Raya and four great grandchildren, Kailyn, Brandt, Wayde, & Laynie . He is also survived by his sister Teresa, brother Joe, and late brother Frank all from MA.

Deacon Ken was born in Boston and spent the past 56 years in CA. He was a highway engineer for many years and retired in 1978 due to failing health and was ordained a permanent deacon in the Roman Catholic Church that same year. He worked full time serving his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Deacon Ken had a strong love for his family, his church, the poor, those in prison and the word of God. He was tremendously influenced by Mother Teresa and Pope John Paul II. He was faculty Chaplain at several prisons. He and his wife are founders of St. Dismas Guild, whose objectives is to prepare, transcribe, publish and distribute teaching aids and commentaries on Holy Scripture and to go out and search for the broken, the lost, the lonely, the hurting, the addict, and the sick and bring them into a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. He made a Cursillo (1969) & Marriage Encounter and was in leadership position for both.

Deacon Ken & his wife co-authored two books, the Bread of Life Catholic Bible Study and Secretís of a Happy Family. He was director of Pastoral Care for Elizabeth Hospice and Spiritual Director for the Charismatic Movement. He was also Spiritual director for Lay Missionaries of Charity (Mother Teresaís Order) for three years, and worked for several years with Mother Teresa doing bible studies, Benedictions, House Blessings in Tijuana and here in CA., and visiting and ministering to the Poorest of the Poor. He was appointed Chaplain to St. Maryís Catholic School in Escondido. He was involved in the healing and deliverance ministry, preaching and teaching Godís Holy Word. He continued his ministry doing Life in the Spirit seminars, marriage seminars, and bible studies; serving as a deacon in both San Diego and San Bernardino Diocese.

He was highly involved in the pro-life movement praying in front of Planned Parenthood and an abortion clinic in the area. He went to jail in defense of the unborn. He and his wife are co-founders of Culture of Life Family Services and Benedictus, a ministry to Catholic men. Deacon Ken had a strong love for God and His Word and lived his life by following in the footsteps of Jesus Christ and passing on the message of loving one another as Christ has loved us, a total self-giving, self-sacrificing for the good of others. He will be missed but will continue the mission of Christís love through those he touched. Mass of the Resurrection was held at St. Maryís Catholic Church in Escondido on February 14, 2014. Donations may be sent to St. Dismas Guild, PO Box 2129, Escondido CA 92033 to help continue his ministry to the prisons, families and pro-life advocacies.

Paul Michael Van Bergen

Van Bergen Paul Michael 09/29/1926 ~ 06/09/2013 ESCONDIDO -- A Memorial Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m., on Wednesday, July 3, at Church of the Resurrection, 1445 Conway Dr., Escondido. A luncheon Celebration of Life will follow at the Knights of Columbus Hall, Valley & Centre City Pkwy., Escondido.
Obituary Published in U-T San Diego on June 30, 2013

May their souls and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.