Former B’klyn Pastor Dies in California

Father Valencia
Father Valencia

Father Carlos Valencia, former pastor of Visitation B.V.M. Church, Red Hook, died July 29 of a heart attack in Los Angeles, Calif. He was 58.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Wednesday, Aug. 10 at St. John the Evangelist Church, Park Slope, at 10:30 a.m. Viewing will take place from 8:30-10:30 a.m.

Born in Colombia, he immigrated to the United States at the age of 9. He attended Blessed Sacrament School, Jackson Heights; Cathedral Prep, Elmhurst; Cathedral College, Douglaston; and North American College, Rome.

He was ordained May 18, 1985 by Bishop Francis J. Mugavero at St. James Cathedral-Basilica, Downtown Brooklyn.
He served as an assistant at St. John Vianney, Flushing, 1985-87; St. Teresa, Woodside, 1987-89; St. Michael’s, Sunset Park, 1989-91, and Our Lady of the Cenacle, Richmond Hill, 1991-93.

In 1993, he was named pastor of St. John the Evangelist, Park Slope.

He later served as an assistant at Our Lady of Fatima, East Elmhurst, 2004-05, and as pastor of Visitation, from 2005 to 2010, when he moved to California to be with his ailing mother.

He is survived by his sisters, Gladys Valencia, of Long Island, and Rita Andrade and Virginia Harris, of California, as well as eight nephews and eight great nieces and nephews.

Burial will be at St. John’s Cemetery, Middle Village.

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