Father Bruce Lavery

Father Bruce Lavery

January 18, 1934 - January 09, 2021

Father Bruce Lavery

January 18, 1934 - January 09, 2021


Father Bruce Lavery died on Saturday, January 9, 2021, at the age of 86. Born in Los Angeles on January 18, 1934, he was ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles on April 29, 1967.

He first served as associate pastor at St. Jerome Parish in Los Angeles, and then in 1971, he was transferred to St. Anthony Claret in Anaheim. In 1978, Father Bruce moved to St. Columban in Garden Grove until 1982 when he moved to Our Lady of Fatima in San Clemente.

Bishop Johnson named Father Bruce the first Pastor of St. Timothy Parish in Laguna Niguel in July 1984. He remained there until his retirement on September 1, 2007. He had 23 years of loving, dedicated, and faithful ministry there.

Fr. Bruce is survived by his brother, Gary Lavery, and his sister, Donna Prietto.

May Father Bruce rest in peace following a lifetime of love for the Lord and selfless service as a priest for so many people for so many years.


Funeral arrangements:

  • Viewing / Personal Prayer – Friday, January 15, 4:00pm-6:30pm PST
    (Courtyard at Saint Timothy Church, Laguna Niguel, CA)*


  • Vigil Prayer Service – Friday, January 15, 6:30pm PST
    (Courtyard at Saint Timothy Church, Laguna Niguel, CA)*



*NOTE:  Saint Timothy Church is asking that people consider staying home and watching the Funeral Mass via livestream on YouTube due to crowd size and concern for health reasons. If you do choose to attend in person, please bring your own chair, along with facial coverings, and keep appropriate social distancing.


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4 responses to Father Bruce Lavery

  1. Remembering a blessed summer in the 90s working for Fr Bruce at St Tims as a seminarian with Matthew Holland. Fr Bruce was a cultured and kind man who showed us every kindness and a first hand look at priestly ministry. May he Rest In Peace.

  2. Gloria says:

    Fr. Bruce–I still miss you! But I also have great memories of you, too. RIP. Love, Gloria.

  3. My children, (pictured)Alexa, Zach, and Tyler Zanolli fondly remember growing up with Father Bruce as the pastor of St. Timothy’s.

  4. Thank you for being my Godfather. I love you and miss you Fr. Bruce.

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