Roman Catholic church of St. Louis Bertrand
Alameda County, CA Biographies





ST. LOUIS BERTRAND CATHOLIC CHURCH
One of the most active and prosperous religious organizations in Oakland is the Roman Catholic church of St. Louis Bertrand, at One Hundredth avenue and East Fourteenth street, Elmhurst. Though two decades cover the history of the church, it has made rapid and substantial growth and exerts a strong influence for good in the community which it serves. Over the extensive territory included within the parish of St. Louis Bertrand church Rev. James Kiely was placed in charge in October, 1908. It was his task at the outset of his ministry here to provide a church and a rectory. Until this could be done, mass was celebrated in the Odd Fellows hall in Elmhurst and in Melrose hall in Melrose. In the comparatively short space of two years the energetic pastor succeeded in completing churches for both places and a suitable parochial residence was also erected on East Fourteenth street. The church of St. Louis Bertrand is a type of the Spanish renaissance and has a seating capacity of seven hundred. The property on which the church was built was donated by Mrs. Ludovina Peralta Ivey, of San Leandro, a direct descendant of the well known Louis Peralta. The church is named after the patron saint of the famous Don Louis Peralta, well known in the early days of California.

Father Kiely received his ecclesiastical training in Thurles and was ordained in 1897. The following year he arrived in California and was appointed assistant pastor at St. Patrick's church, in Oakland, where he remained four years, when he was transferred to St. Francis church in San Francisco. In 1904 he was appointed to the pastorate at Novato and in 1908 came to the newly formed parish of St. Louis Bertrand. He was succeeded here by Rev. Robert Sampson, the present pastor of Sacred Heart church in Oakland, during whose pastorate a splendid hall was added to the parish property. In this building, which faces East Fourteenth street, the classes in Christian doctrine are held, they being taught by the Holy Family Sisters. The hall is also a social center for the parishioners. Following Father Sampson came Rev. Michael Horan, who did effective work in maintaining the activities of the parish, and was succeeded by the late pastor, Rev. M. J. Concannon, who died March 4, 1928. Father Collins the assistant pastor, is a forceful and enthusiastic worker, has stimulated all departments of the church work, and has gained a warm place in the hearts of the parishioners and the confidence and respect of the people of that section of the city who appreciate his loyal interest in the general welfare of the community. The Rev. Father Quirk has just been appointed pastor to succeed the late Father Concannon.

From:
History of Alameda County, California
BY: Frank Clinton Merritt
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Chicago, Ill 1928


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