I was born in El Paso, Texas and joined the Congregation of the Missionaries of the Holy Spirit in 1993. My initial calling to priesthood and religious life began at a very early age. Upon entering the Congregation of the Missionaries of the Holy Spirit, I embarked on a journey that would eventually help me thrive in what I love to do: love and serve! Growing up, I fondly remember the priests in my parish that were instrumental in my decision to dedicate the rest of my life to God and His people.
When I made the decision to follow Christ in religious life, I began my formation at our Novitiate Community in Long Beach, CA. Then, I went on to study college at Mt. Angel Seminary and later obtained my graduate theological studies at St. John’s Seminary in Camarillo, CA. with an M.Div and an M.A in Christian Spirituality. After professing final vows in 2002, I was ordained to the diaconate and assigned to St. Matthew’s in 2004. The following year, I was ordained to the priesthood on January 29, 2005 in the same parish and served as associate pastor for a period of three years. Later, I was assigned as formation director for a period five years and served in South Bend, IN., Mexico City, and Long Beach, CA.
The Lord has called me to serve St. Matthew Catholic community and it fills my heart with joy knowing that this holy and vibrant place is a field where God reveals his grace through people of different backgrounds and cultures. St. Matthew thrives in excellent liturgies, generous staff and committed volunteers who are live out their baptismal priesthood to its full. In echoing Venerable Felix de Jesus’ words of love for God and his people, I can say that it is “God, God, God” who showers blessings on our St. Matthew community.