RIP Olivia Newton-John - Famous Singer and Actress Dies who Often Attended Mass at the Seminary of the Capuchin Franciscans in Sant Ynez California
Olivia Newton-John, singer and actress died Monday, Aug. 8, 2022, at age 73 after long battle with breast cancer. Although not Catholic, she prayed the "Our Father" daily and often attended Holy Mass at the seminary of Capuchin Franciscans in California.
Dame Olivia Newton-John (26 September 1948 – 8 August 2022) was a British Australian singer, actress and activist. She was a four-time Grammy Award winner whose music career included five number-one hits and another ten top-ten hits on the Billboard Hot 100, and two number-one albums on the Billboard 200. (Wikipedia excerpt)
She was married twice, to Matt Lattanzi in 1984, divorced in 1995, with whom she has one daughter named Chloe, and John Easterling whom she married in 2008.
She is best known for her role as Sandy in the 1978 film “Grease.”
In a 2021 interview, she explained that she prays the Lord’s Prayer every day.
In a podcast called “A Life of Greatness,” with Sarah Grynberg, she said she began this practice after she became pregnant with her only child, Chloe. (See: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/id1457268944?i=1000507338307)
“I was close to losing her at one point,” she remembered. “I asked God to please save Chloe and, if he did, I would say the Lord’s Prayer every night for the rest of my life.”
Her only child, Chloe Lattanzi, was born in 1986.
“So I have,” she said. “I think it’s a beautiful prayer. It’s a powerful prayer. I believe in prayer, I think prayer is very powerful.”
Newton-John explained that she was taught the Lord’s Prayer when she was young and her family attended church in Australia.
After her death, a Capuchin friar named, Brother Vince Mary spoke of Olivia on Twitter. He tweeted that Newton-John often attended Catholic Mass.
Olivia Newton-John attended Mass at San Lorenzo Seminary in Santa Ynez, California.
Rest In Peace to Olivia Newton John! She was a frequent visitor to our Capuchin Novitiate in Santa Ynez for masses.— Fray Chente OFMCap (@BrVinMary) August 9, 2022
God grant her eternal rest!
“She was a frequent visitor to our Capuchin Novitiate in Santa Ynez for masses,” Fray Chente aka. Brother Vince Mary tweeted. “God grant her eternal rest!”
Newton-John attended Mass frequently in San Lorenzo Seminary in Santa Ynez, California.
Newton-John lived near the seminary and she died at home in Santa Ynez Valley.
On Instagram, March 2020, she shared a poem by a Capuchin Franciscan in Ireland, Brother Richard Hendrick:
“I was sent this poem by a friend and it said many things I was thinking — because I also believe that good things are coming out of this difficult time — which too will pass,” she explained. “Father Richard Hendricks says it so beautifully here.”
Please Pray for the Repose of her soul.