I searched high and low at St. Anthony’s yesterday for as many photos as I could of Fr. Floyd. I thought the blog would be a suitable place to share some images of his 41 years of service at St. Anthony’s.
Fr. Floyd undertook many projects and helped countless people. The following images capture only a small fraction of what he accomplished on this tiny block of Golden Gate Avenue.
“Fr. Floyd affirmed the dignity of each person he met, calling them ‘brother’ and ‘sister,’” said St. Anthony Foundation Board President Fr. John Hardin, OFM to the press yesterday.
In 1983, Fr. Floyd developed a drop-in hygiene program at a time when few such services were available to homeless people in San Francisco.
Fr. Floyd talking to guests in line for a meal at St. Anthony Dining Room.
Every year Fr. Floyd would preside over the Blessing of the Animals at St. Boniface Church, adjacent to St. Anthony Foundation. The blessing occurred on or around the Feast of St. Francis, October 4, and drew hundreds of cats, dogs, snakes, guinea pigs, and their guardians/owners.
He also presided at the Blessing of the Taxi Fleet, also in front of St. Boniface Church, where cab drivers would line up for a block to receive a benediction.
Mayor Gavin Newsom called Lotito a “great man with a huge heart,” adding that he “had friends across the political spectrum, not just in San Francisco, but throughout this country.” in today’s San Francisco Examiner.