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Via Con Dios, Padre Luce

(EGPNews) – L.A. Councilman Ed Reyes adjourned last Friday’s City Council meeting in memory of Fr. John B. Luce, known as the pastor of the Chicano Movement, who served at the Church of the Epiphany in Lincoln Heights.

Fr. Luce died of congestive heart failure in New York City on Monday, Sept. 17. He was 81.

A Harvard graduate, Fr. Luce was a lifelong Episcopal priest instrumental in the fight for Latino rights during his priesthood in Los Angeles from 1965-1973. He worked with young students to improve the quality of schools in Mexican-American communities.

Fr. Luce is survived by his nephew, Ian Luce, and niece, Susan Luce. A memorial service is being planned in his memory at The Church of the Epiphany.