“Father Christian Mondor has been honored with the title 2012 Huntington Beach 4th of July Community Grand Marshal”, said Patricia Stier, Director of the 2012 Fourth of July Executive Board. Known in the community simply as ‘Fr. Christian’, he will ride in the 108th Annual 4th of July Parade. The theme for this year’s parade and celebration is Celebrate Huntington Beach.
Fr. Christian began his assignment at Sts. Simon and Jude Church and School in Huntington Beach in 1990. His passion for community service soon took root in numerous community-based organizations. Fr. Christian served as past-president of the Greater Huntington Beach Interfaith Council, as well as a member of the Advisory Board for the Huntington Beach Council on Aging and the planning committee for the city’s Centennial Celebration. Fr. Christian is currently involved in organizing the annual interfaith Blessing of the Waves at the Huntington Beach pier. Recipient of the Interfaith Council’s annual Peacemaker Award, Fr. Christian was recognized for his work in promoting better understanding and mutual respect for cultural and religious diversity.
Favorite pastimes include longboard surfing and competitive swimming. In 2011 he was inducted as a lifetime member of the Huntington Beach Longboard Association. In addition, he has participated in the annual Huntington Beach Pier Swim and the Roughwater Swim in La Jolla and has taken gold and bonze swimming medals at the World Masters Games in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.
Always an energetic community advocate, Fr. Christian Mondor, O.F.M., PhD, vicar emeritus at Sts. Simon and Jude Church, is an outstanding choice for Huntington Beach Community Grand Marshal, 2012.
For detailed 4th of July Parade and Celebration information, event schedules, logo merchandise, fireworks ticket information, parade route and road closures, visit their website at www.hb4thofjuly.org.