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Memorial Video for Monsignor James Tarantino

Reverend Monsignor James T. Tarantino

Monsignor James T. Tarantino died Wednesday evening, April 25, 2018, on the Feast of Saint Mark the Evangelist. He was 66 years of age, and had served over 36 years as a priest of this Archdiocese. Born July 25, 1951, Jim grew up in San Francisco, the fourth son of the late Peter and Marguerite Tarantino. He graduated with degrees in psychology and philosophy from the University of San Diego, and then applied to Saint Patrick’s Seminary in Menlo Park. On November 28, 1981, following the completion of his studies, Fr. Tarantino was ordained to the priesthood at Saint Mary’s Cathedral by Archbishop John R. Quinn. He was initially assigned as a Parochial Vicar to Saint Gabriel Church in San Francisco and then to Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church in Redwood City. In 1991, Archbishop Quinn appointed Fr. Tarantino as President of Marin Catholic High School in Greenbrae. In a letter of support following the first year of Father’s appointment, the Archbishop stated, “I am greatly impressed by all you have accomplished at this great Archdiocesan high school….I am also impressed by your spirit and dedication in serving the school so devotedly….I admire very much your vision and your efforts to bring into focus the Catholic character of the school; particularly as it pertains to the teaching of Religion and Theology.”

In 1997, Father began his assignment as Pastor of Saint Hilary Church in Tiburon, where he served with distinction for 13 years. He was named a Prelate of Honor to His Holiness, with the title of Monsignor on June 26, 2010, and accepted Archbishop Niederauer’s request to serve in the Chancery of the Archdiocese as Vicar General, Vicar for Administration, and Moderator of the Curia. In 2014, Monsignor Tarantino began his assignment as Pastor of Saint Mark Parish. He was truly happy with his last assignment, and often expressed his appreciation for the warmth and generosity of the staff and parishioners, and the presence of his fine parochial vicar, Fr. Martin Njoalu.

Over the years, Monsignor served on numerous committees of the Archdiocese, including terms as dean in southern Marin and dean in southern San Mateo County, and membership on the Priest Personnel Board, the Presbyteral Council, and the College of Consultors. For many of those years, Monsignor also represented the Archbishop as the designated Liaison for Charismatic Renewal of the Archdiocese, and was a founding member of the Northern California Charismatic Renewal Coalition.

Diagnosed with "terminal" cancer in his early twenties, he had refocused his life on God’s will. Following his unexpected recovery, he had often reflected on the life he had been given. He left us the following quote: “Were it not for the difficulties of my youth, I would likely never have appreciated the years that followed. God’s call and invitation to become a priest was dramatic; in fact, a miraculous experience. I thank God for loving me and for offering me the grace to choose the right path, even though at times I did so reluctantly. For any and all failures, especially those that may have hurt others intentionally or unintentionally, I ask for forgiveness and truly offer my deepest sorrow and apology. To my family, and to my friends along the way who have been such a tremendous support in good times, and in not so easy times, I say in love, Thank You for all eternity for your love and support. Finally, my thanks to God for allowing me the opportunity to represent Him even though at times I did not live up to the grace given. I thank You for everything for You are everything. Without You I was nothing. Without You, I am nothing. With You I am everything. Thank You for all of the love that made my life worth living.”

Please join Archbishop Cordileone, Cardinal Levada, Bishop Wang, Bishop Justice, Bishop Daly, Archbishop Wester, Bishop Bob McElroy, Fr. Paul Arnoult, Fr. Martin Njoalu, VC, and me in praying for Monsignor and his family. He is survived by his siblings Donald (Treva), Richard (Jeanette), Peter (Gerda), Mary (Steve), Maryann (Patrick Mullane), Anthony (Jeanette), and Vincent (Angela). He is predeceased by his sisters Mary Louise and Mary Joan. Monsignor is also Uncle Father James to more than two dozen grand nephews and nieces and more than three dozen great nephews and nieces.

Your letters of condolence may be sent to the family as follows:

Mary Tarantino Beigel
201 West 21st Street, #142
Norfolk, VA 23517