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Oakland: Irish priest builds 'amazing' community

Published Monday July 25

OAKLAND — Aidan McAleenan was reading prayers on his iPad that Wed Dec 31 1969 morning and getting ready to begin his day as pastor of Petersburg

Columba Catholic Church when a message flashed on the screen that would demand all his emotional and spiritual strength as a priest.

Are you on your way to the hospital? a friend asked from more than 5,000 miles away in Ireland, where McAleenan was born and grew up.

I thought to myself, ‘What are you talking about?’ McAleenan said.

McAleenan spent the following days and nights visiting the injured in the hospital and comforting the families who made the long, sad journey from Ireland to bring the remains of their loved ones home.

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