Father Luis Olivares, a Biography: Faith Politics and the Origins of the Sanctuary Movement in Los Angeles

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ELEVEN
The Good Pastor

Luis Olivares occupied many roles in his life, but he was first and foremost a priest—a man of God. This was his vocation even as a young boy. He trained for years to become a priest. It was in his very being. He may have redefined being a priest by his political and social actions; however, he never allowed this to detract from his role to administer the sacraments and tend to the religious and spiritual needs of his parishioners. Hence, in the midst of all of the drama and tensions related to the sanctuary movement, Olivares still remained a good pastor tending to his flock by saying Masses, baptizing babies, confessing sinners, marrying couples, officiating at quinceañeras, burying the dead, and the many other duties of a priest. Part of his role as a priest and pastor of La Placita also entailed developing ecumenical and interfaith connections with Protestants and Jews. But being a good pastor also meant that Olivares had to take care of himself personally and have some life beyond his political involvements and his pastoral duties. Even if this only involved his one day off a week, he cherished this time to himself, in addition to his time with Henry and Lillian, and his close friends and surrogate families. Still, the pressure of events loomed over his life and he had to be on call for new political challenges that would arise in the late 1980s. Some of these challenges would strike close to home through efforts to replace him as the pastor at La Placita. Olivares lived a remarkable life and there was never a dull moment.


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When Olivares became pastor at La Placita in 1981, he immediately faced the pressures of a small parish administering to thousands of people. What he found at La Placita was way more than what he had encountered at Soledad. The demands on him and the other clergy just to administer the sacraments were exceedingly strong, which makes his ability to juggle both his political work and his pastoral work remarkable. Fr. Francisco Gómez,

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Figures ix
  • Prologue 1
  • Introduction 5
  • One - San Antonio 31
  • Two - Seminary 56
  • Three - Priesthood 86
  • Four - Company Man 124
  • Five - Conversion 154
  • Six - Organizing the Barrio 181
  • Seven - Community Priest 207
  • Eight - Preparing Sanctuary 248
  • Nine - Declaring Sanctuary 307
  • Ten - Expanding Sanctuary 343
  • Eleven - The Good Pastor 390
  • Twelve - ¡presente! 445
  • Epilogue 498
  • Acknowledgments 501
  • Notes 503
  • Bibliography 539
  • Index 545
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