Then & Now: Carrol-Walls Family

When looking to relocate a family of seven (Peter, Cathy, Sean, Brendan, Tim, Christienne and Caitlan Carroll), to Anaheim Hills in 1979, we needed a home, schools and a church for our family.  After meeting Father Seamus, and hearing about the new church we knew our search was over. Father Seamus welcomed us and said he was delighted to have three experienced altar servers, who were available with one phone call.

There has been so much support during the joyful times but even more personal support during the illness and death of my husband Peter. Father Seamus, Deacon Doug and Sister Jan were such a blessing to the whole family. God was present through them.

Looking back, when I think of all the blessings, I am most grateful to Father Seamus for his unwavering support, friendship and humor over these many years.

I asked my five children, what memories they cherish. The list includes:

  • Attending and serving Mass at El Rancho
  • Construction and first Mass in the new church
  • Glazed donuts after Mass on Sundays
  • First confession with Father Seamus
  • First Communion
  • Confirmations
  • World Youth Day in Denver
  • Young Adult Group
  • Fiesta Festivals

Our family has continued to welcome additional blessings into our lives celebrated at San Antonio including: My wedding to Carl Walls; the weddings of two of my sons Tim to Adrienne Werner and Brendan to Kari Morin; Sean’s first Mass after his ordination as a Jesuit priest; and the baptisms of many of my grandchildren. While I identify with the history of this church, feeling Gods presence here has been a constant for me. Looking back, when I think of all the blessings, I am most grateful to Father Seamus for his unwavering support, friendship and humor over these many years.