John Wayne's grandson Matthew Munoz returned to the chapel of his youth Sunday as a newly ordained Roman Catholic priest, sharing the story of his spiritual struggle that began with boyhood misadventures on Balboa Island.
"Me and my brothers raised hell here," Munoz joked as he opened 10 a.m. Mass at St. John Vianney Chapel on the island, drawing bursts of laughter. "And now we're going to try to bring a little heaven back."
Munoz, 37, is the eldest of five children born to Melinda and Gregory Munoz. His mom is a daughter of John Wayne and his first wife, Josephine. His dad, now remarried, is a judge in Santa Ana. His parents, grandmother and other relatives filled the front pews for the hourlong service.
"It's the most wonderful thing that ever happened," said Josephine Wayne, who traveled from Los Angeles for the occasion. "It's a great gift from God."