St. Bede the Venerable Church Associate Pastor Rev. Kevin Kester passed away early Tuesday morning after a long illness, the church announced on Wednesday. He was 63.
A native of St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada, Kester began his pastoral assignment at St. Bede in 2003. An Air Force “brat,” Kester entered St. John’s Seminary in Camarillo after working for The Aerospace Corporation in El Segundo. He was ordained a priest in 1981.
In 2011, Kester was one of several local clergy recognized by the Kiwanis Club of La Cañada.
“I feel blessed to have shared his last day with him and want you to know he truly appreciated this parish and especially all the prayers, love and support you have him over the years,” said St. Bede Pastor Monsignor Antonio Cacciapuoti in a statement posted on the church’s website. “During our time together, he asked me to tell you not to be sad, but be happy for him and to let the Lord’s peace into your hearts.”
A vigil service will take place at 7 p.m. on Friday. The funeral Mass will be at 10 a.m. on Saturday. A reception will follow the funeral Mass. All services will take place at St. Bede the Venerable Church, at 215 Foothill Blvd. in La Cañada.
The graveside service will take place at Holy Cross Cemetery, at 5835 W. Slauson Ave. in Culver City beginning at 3 p.m. on Saturday.
Condolence cards may be sent to The Family of Father Kevin Kester, c/o St. Vede the Venerable Catholic Church, 215 Foothill Blvd., La Cañada Flintridge, CA 91011-3754.