HomePrefaceCHAPTER 1: Prehistory to 1894CHAPTER 2 :Franciscan World to 1894CHAPTER 3: Our First Church: 1895-1901CHAPTER 4: Our New Church: 1900-1910CHAPTER 5: Our Church: 1910-1920CHAPTER 6: Our Church: 1920-1929 CHAPTER 7: Our Church: 1930-1940TimelineBiography: Author

Gregg Campbell Let me say at the outset that compiling the Centennial History of our parish is by far the most satisfying work Ive accomplished in my professional life.

I arrived at Sacramento State College in the fall of 1966, where I taught until my full retirement in 2002 – a total of thirty-six years. My primary field was American Cultural History, but over the years I developed an interest and taught courses in Popular Culture and Sacramento Regional Issues. I received my Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota in 1968.

My energies at what would become California State University, Sacramento, were directed toward classroom teaching, course preparation, and advising students. I compiled extensive and detailed syllabi for each of my courses, and I developed my writing skills.

In 1988 I heard Bishop Francis Quinn preach a homily at the Memorial Day Weekend Jazz Mass, opening up for me a new way of being in the world. Bishop Quinn generously gave me several hours of his time in 1993 for an oral history parts of which may appear in this history.

I began attending St. Francis on the first Sunday of Lent in 1991. My wife, Mary Bellefleur, and I were married at St. Francis in October 1999; Deacon Dick Driggs presided, and Sister Claire Graham, S.S.S., preached the homily.

As the years have passed, I have greatly enjoyed becoming more active in parish life serving as an usher for noon Mass, as a member of our Conscious Living for Men group, and as a member of our Centennial Celebration Committee compiling this parish history.

Gregg Campbell

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