The following comes from an Aug. 15 email sent by a Cal Catholic reader.

“Just got the news from a reputable source (a priest who works in the diocese) that Fr. Earl Eggleston from the diocese of San Diego is going to be leaving the diocese and joining the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter (FSSP). He’s such an awesome pastor, helped me greatly in my life, especially in the Sacrament of Confession.”

Father Eggleston is listed on the San Diego diocese website as the director of Liturgy and Spirituality for the diocese. He has served in recent years as pastor at Our Lady Angels in Golden Hill and is currently in residence at St. Joseph Cathedral in downtown San Diego.

Father Eggleston did not return phone calls placed to him at the diocese, but according to a reliable source, even the local FSSP priests were surprised by Father Eggleston’s decision.