Obituary: Father Michael Blastic, OFM


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SAN DIEGO — Franciscan Father Michael Blastic, who was on the faculty of the Franciscan School of Theology in San Diego, died Dec. 21. He was 74.

Born in East Chicago, Ind., he was ordained to the priesthood on April 5, 1975, in Rockford, Ill.

He had faculty appointments at St. Bonaventure University, Siena College, Washington Theological Union and, from the summer of 2021 until his death, at the Franciscan School of Theology in San Diego.

“Father Blastic had a wonderful Franciscan spirit and was a splendid teacher and guide for our seminarians at the Franciscan School,” Cardinal Robert W. McElroy said.

The funeral Mass for Father Blastic was celebrated Jan. 8 at Immaculate Conception Church in Old Town San Diego. He was interred at Old Mission San Luis Rey Cemetery in Oceanside.

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