Father Edward Cardoza
Father Edward Cardoza was born in Berkeley, California to Joseph and Mary Cardoza March 21, 1931. He attended St. Joseph’s Grammar School and St. Mary’s High School, both in Berkeley. In 1948 he entered St. Anthony’s Seminary in Santa Barbara and finished his theological training at the Franciscan Theological Seminary at the Old Mission, Santa Barbara before being ordained at the Old Mission December 21, 1957. His ministry included assignments as associate pastor in Arizona and Washington, teaching high school in Salem, Oregon and was appointed pastor in Provo, Utah in 1966. He was then assigned as the retreat master at the Franciscan Retreat House in Scottsdale, Arizona.
In 1967 his superiors gave him permission to enter the Air Force as a chaplain and his ministry in the Air Force took him to many bases in the United States as well as South Vietnam, Germany and England. He served on a temporary basis at a secret base in Egypt and was there when Anwar Sadat, the President of Egypt, was assassinated in 1981. He retired from the Air Force in December, 1988 with the rank of Colonel. His last base was March AFB, CA.
Father Cardoza became incardinated in the Diocese of San Bernardino in 1991 and has helped in many parishes in the diocese as well as giving retreats and days of recollection. For two years, 1998 and 1999, he preached in parishes throughout the United States on behalf of the Christian Foundation for Children and Aging, a Catholic sponsorship program especially for children in the Missions.