Mission Preservation Foundation

Reverend Monsignor Arthur A. Holquin
Retired, Mission Basilica San Juan Capistrano

Mission Preservation Foundation Member, Msgr. Arthur Holquin

Reverend Monsignor Arthur A. Holquin

Reverend Monsignor Arthur A. Holquin, pastor-emeritus of Mission Basilica San Juan Capistrano, has been a member of the Mission Preservation Foundation Board of Trustees since coming to the Mission in 2003.

Msgr. Holquin was born in Los Angeles and grew up Granada Hills. He attended Catholic schools, and, influenced in part by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet who educated him, decided to pursue a vocation to the priesthood. He studied at St. John’s Seminary in Camarillo, the Los Angeles Archdiocesan seminary, and was ordained a priest in 1974. He later pursued post graduate studies at the Catholic University of Louvain, Belgium.

His first assignment as a priest was at Holy Family Cathedral in Orange, of which he would later become Rector. In 2003, Bishop of Orange Tod Brown assigned him to become pastor of Mission San Juan Capistrano.

“There’s no greater privilege as a pastor than to have been a pastor of a California mission, especially one as beautiful and well known as Mission San Juan Capistrano,” reflected Msgr. Holquin.
Msgr. Holquin succeeded the retiring pastor, Msgr. Paul Martin. While Msgr. Martin was known for his gentle, pastoral approach, Msgr. Holquin brought administrative talents to his new position, of vital importance in such a complex and intricate operation as the Mission, he noted.

With the appointment of Msgr. Holquin’s successor, Msgr. J. Michael McKiernan, in July of 2014, he was granted the title Pastor/Rector Emeritus. In addition, he was appointed Episcopal Vicar for Divine Worship for the Diocese of Orange.

He’s enthusiastic about his continuing work on the Board of Trustees, and grateful for the participation of its accomplished and talented members: “I lead best when I’m open to the wisdom of others. Our board has been a wonderful source of wisdom and insight.”