In Memoriam: Fr. Pedro Ottonello and Fr. Vladimir Kozina

From the Traditional Latin Mass Society of San Francisco


Requiescat in pace…


Fr. Pedro Ottonello

Augustinian priest Father Pedro Ottonello was born a few years after the First World War in Genoa, Italy. He came from a large family with 2 brothers and 5 sisters. At a very young age of 10, he entered the seminary which was under the Augustinian Order. From Genoa, he traveled to Venezuela to be a missionary priest. His travels eventually brought him to California. Father Ottonello was blessed to have gone to confession with St. Padre Pio. In 2007, Bishop Patrick McGrath (Diocese of San Jose) designated Father Ottonello as chaplain for the Oratory of Our Mother of Perpetual Help in Santa Clara, an oratory under the auspices of the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest. The Oratory has since then moved to a new location in 2014 at Five Wounds Church, under the new title “Oratory of the Immaculate Heart of Mary”. In spite of his declining health, Father Ottonello continued to celebrate the Traditional Latin Mass for both the Oratory and St. Margaret Mary’s Church in Oakland. He passed away on March 28, 2014.


Fr. Vladimir Kozina

Father Vladimir Kozina was born in Zapotok, Slovenia. He was ordained priest on May 27, 1945, in Anras, Austria. His priestly service has led him to serve at the Diocese of Innsbruck, Austria, Assumption, Stockton, St. Anne, Lodi, St. Elizabeth, San Francisco, St. Clement, Hayward, Corpus Christi, Piedmont; Immaculate Heart of Mary, Brentwood, then finally at St. Margaret Mary, in Oakland. Father Kozina wrote a book “Communism as I know it” where he laid bare the atrocities of the communists in his home country of Slovenia – which led to the killing of his parents and brother. On September 10, 1989, St. Margaret Mary became the first parish in California to receive a permission (indult) to celebrate the Holy Mass according to the Missal of 1962. Father Kozina, the pastor of St. Margaret Mary at the time, sought and obtained permission from then- Bishop Cummins. By God’s grace and the intercession of their beloved patroness, the Traditional Latin Mass has been a part of this parish ever since. He passed away on April 2, 2014.


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