Father John—Welcome Father Lou
Blessed Sacrament said farewell to Father John Martin last July when he
retired and moved to Tucson, Arizona.
On August 1, Father Louis Nichols arrived from Queen of Peace
parish in Clearlake to succeed Father Martin at St. Anthony’s in
Mendocino and its mission, the Blessed Sacrament Church in Elk.
Father Lou was officially installed as pastor of the two churches
by Bishop Daniel Walsh in December, 2005.
Father Lou, a native of Endicott, New York, was ordained in Syracuse, New
York on February 2, 1960. From
1960-1962 he was Associate Pastor of St. Andrews Church, Binghamton, NY
and from 1962-1966, Associate Pastor/Administrator of St. Lucy’s Church,
Syracuse, NY. He entered the
US Navy Chaplin Corps in 1966 and was assigned as military Catholic
Chaplin to the Navy Air Station, Saufley Field, Pensacola, FL.
Lou received an honorable discharge in 1978 and went on to complete a
Master’s Degree program from New York State University, and from 1979 to
1980 he worked with the Veterans Administration counseling veterans of the
Vietnam conflict. In 1980 he
was given permission to accept employment with US Airways
where he established
and managed a counseling and employee
assistance program for the next 10 years.
In 1990 he
entered the Priest Associate Program with the Maryknoll Missionaries at
St. Mary’s College, Moraga, CA. After
completing that program he studied in the Vatican II Priestly Formation
Program at St. Patrick’s Seminary in Menlo Park.
From there he went back to New York and served at parishes in the
Bronx and Spencerport, New York. Bishop
Ziemann asked Father Lou in 1994 to fill the vacancy of Chaplain in the
Pastoral Care Dept. at Queen of the Valley Hospital in Napa.
And in October of that year he became administrator of St. Anthony
of Padua Church, Willits for two and a half years.
waiting for reassignment to New York, Bishop Ziemann asked him to stay in
the Santa Rosa Diocese and accept the position of Administrator of Queen
of Peace Church in Clearlake. He
was there from 1997 to 2005 when he was assigned to St. Anthony Church in
Mendocino and Blessed Sacrament in Elk.
Welcome Father Lou!