Fr. Alexander Lewis, Our Lady of Peace pastor, dies
Funeral Mass will be held March 17, 10 a.m., at Our Lady of Peace Church in North Hills for Father Alexander Joseph Lewis, pastor, who died on March 4 while on sick leave for emotional and physical health issues from which he succumbed. He was 54.
A reception following the funeral Mass will take place at Bishop Alemany High School in Mission Hills. Vigil and rosary services were scheduled March 15, 6:30 p.m. at Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha Church, Santa Clarita, and March 16, 6:30 p.m. at Our Lady of Peace.
Born in Hong Kong, Father Lewis was ordained June 22, 1985, at St. Lawrence Martyr Church, Redondo Beach, as a Franciscan Conventual Friar. He was incardinated for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles in 2005 and was named pastor of Our Lady of Peace in July 2007, after serving one year as administrator pro tem.
His skills as a linguist, conversant in Vietnamese and Spanish, served him well in the multicultural parish of Our Lady of Peace, where he shared his fine singing voice at Mass and is remembered for his evident love of God and constant caring for the people.
Previously, Father Lewis had been an associate pastor at Our Lady of Guadalupe, Hermosa Beach; Holy Trinity, San Pedro; and St. Finbar, Burbank, and administrator pro tem at San Buenaventura Mission, Ventura.
He had also served on the faculty at St. John’s Seminary and Bishop Montgomery High School, Torrance --- where he was known as the surfing and skateboarding priest --- and taught as well as at St. Bonaventure Friary.
Condolences may be sent to: The Family of Fr. Alexander Lewis, c/o Our Lady of Peace Church, or they may be left for the family at www.fralexander.com. The family requests that, in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions be donated to Father Lewis’ favorite causes on the aforementioned website or at Our Lady of Peace Church.
Prayer of the MonthPapal intentions for November: That priests who experience difficulties may find comfort in their suffering, support in their doubts, and confirmation in their fidelity. That as fruit of the continental mission, Latin American Churches may send missionaries to other Churches.
Papal intentions for December: That children who are victims of abandonment or violence may find the love and protection they need. That Christians, enlightened by the Word incarnate, may prepare humanity for the Savior's coming.