Father Richard Hoynes presides over the Funeral Mass for journalist Harry Honda on July 15, 2013. (MARIO G. REYES/Rafu Shimpo)
Fr. Richard Russell Hoynes, who served as administrator/pastor of St. Francis Xavier Chapel Japanese Catholic Center (formerly Maryknoll) in Los Angeles, passed away on Aug. 2 following an extended illness. He was 56.
Hoynes was assigned to St. Francis Xavier by the L.A. Archdiocese in 2008 and brought a warmth and good humor to his duties, presiding over weddings, funerals and Masses. In 2011 he celebrated Mass at Manzanar at the former site of the Maryknol