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I was born in St. John hospital in Santa Monica, lived in Hermosa Beach for about 2 ½ years. In May of 1950 moved to Truro Ave in Hawthorne, a block from my grandparents’ home. I enrolled here at Saint Joseph School in 1954 graduating eight years later, Graduated from St. Bernard High School in 1965, earned a BA from St. John Seminary in 1969, and after one semester in Graduate school, I left the seminary. For two years I struggled with the question if I could be a good priest, I finally accepted that it was impossible for me, but with the help of the Lord, it was possible. Returning to graduate school and an MA I was ordained a priest here at St. Joseph on February 21, 1976. Each year of these 42 years has been a progression of blessings. My three assignments as Associate Pastor and five pastorates have formed me to be the pastor I am here at St. Joseph. I am very aware of the wonders of the Lord in my life. The blessings that the community has showered on me, I give thanks to the Lord for the wonders that I see each day.
Born on December 8, 1971 in San Miguel el Alto, Jalisco, Mexico. He studied Philosophy and Theology at the Intercontinental University in Mexico City (1996-2004). Ordained as Guadalupe Missionary priest on August 5, 2005 by Most Reverend Javier Navarro Rodríguez, Bishop of San Juan de los Lagos. He earned a Master’s degree in Theology and Interreligious Dialogue at the Catholic Institute of Paris (2007-2009).
Fr. Nahum has taught Moral Theology at the Conference of Superior Religious of Mexico (CIRM) and Biblical Theology at the Intercontinental University. He was Coordinator of University Pastoral at the Intercontinental University in Mexico City (2004-2005). He was the Chaplain of the Spanish-speaking community in the parish of Saint Francis Xavier in Paris, France (2006-2009).
In the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, Fr. Nahum has been Associate Pastor in the parishes of St. Paul in Los Angeles, CA (2014-2016); St. Emydius in Lynwood, CA (2016-2018); Our Lady of Peace in North Hills, CA (2018-2019); and St. Joseph in Hawthorne, CA since July 2019.
Hello! I am Deacon Pedro DeLeon. I was born in Jalisco, I come from a family of 12 brothers. When my father died in 1966, we came to live in Tijuana, B.C. I studies public accountant at the Autonomous University of Baja California. It was there that I met Margarita, my wife. Margarita is from Michoacán and what paths life sends us, that when her mother died, she and her 10 brothers also came to live in Tijuana. We got married in 1978, when we both finished our careers. We had four children, one already lives with our Lord Jesus Christ. In 1985 we emigrated to this country, settling in Inglewood CA, I worked for 27 years for the Lennox California School District. In the year 2011, hearing the invitation of Christ Jesus, I answered "Here I am Lord" and began my diaconal formation; journey that lasted five years, comprising very extensive and beautiful studies,and in the end Margarita and I fell more and more in love with Our Lord Jesus. We saw that He helped us move forward, overcoming the challenges of our jobs and caring for our children and grandchildren. We serve 10 years in the community of San Juan Crisostomo in Inglewood, CA, in a Marriage and Youth groups. And Now for 20 years we are serving in the Community of St. Joseph. We warmly thank all the Priests, the office staff, music coordinators, Search group, baptism team, Crusillos, and the entire community in general. Thank you for your support, love and teachings at all times.
We are blessed to have two wonderful Priest join us for Mass and Parish Activities. Father Gustavo joins us for Mass on Sundays on a monthly basis. Father Angel visits us during the summer from Spain.
Director of Spiritual Formation
St. John's Seminary (Camarillo, CA)
Rev. Castillo is originally from Jalisco, Mexico. He came to the United States at the age of 15. The fifth of eight children, he was the first one in his family to have an opportunity to go to high school and then college. In 1997 he graduated from St. Meinrad College in Indiana with a B.A. in Spanish Literature.
Feeling called to the priesthood, he attended St. John’s Seminary in Camarillo, California and was ordained for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles in 2001. His first assignment was St. Margaret Mary Parish in Lomita, CA (2001-05). He also served as an associate at Epiphany Church in South El Monte (2005-06) before being appointed administrator and then pastor of St. Frances of Rome Church in Azusa (2006-12).
In 2012 he began further studies in Spiritual Theology at the University of St. Thomas Aquinas in Rome where he obtained his STL (2014) and STD (2016) degrees. His doctoral dissertation was published as a book under the title Shepherding the Family of God: The Spirituality of Diocesan Priests in St. John of Avila (The Institute for Priestly Formation, 2019).
He is currently serving as the Director of Spiritual Formation at his alma mater, St. John's Seminary in Camarillo, CA, where he has served in that capacity since July, 2016. He has published several articles on spirituality in the local archdiocesan papers and has conducted retreats in English and Spanish for parishes, religious sisters and priests.
Having a passion for serving others, he recently founded a non-profit, Amor por Teco Foundation, to help people and charitable causes in his hometown, Tecolotlán, Jalisco (Mexico). He enjoys bringing people together and traveling to continue growing in his faith and learning from other cultures.
Fr. Angel de la Parte Paris
Priest, Claretians Missionary
Provincial Administrator (Madrid, Spain)
After a few years of Philosophy and Theology studies, a year of pastoral preparation and the beginning of a career in psychology prior to Priestly Ordination, I was ordained a priest on April 20, 1980. My first destination was to go as a mentor to our seminary in the city of Segovia, where I spent two years. From Segovia I went to the city of Madrid as deputy director of a residence for university students. The name of this College, directed by my Congregation "Jaime del Amo" has a lot to do with my first trip to the USA and to my dear St. Joseph Community.
The college “Jaime del Amo” was a gift from D. Gregorio del Amo, a Spanish doctor who lived in California and married Doña Susana Delfina Domínguez. The Domínguez family was the owner of a large tract of land in the area that today still maintains the names of “Domínguez” and “Del Amo”. When D. Gregorio married Doña Susana Delfina, those lands of the Domínguez family were extensive but unproductive until hundreds of oil wells were implanted. D. Gregorio del Amo, very grateful to the Claretian Missionaries who welcomed him in his California years, made some donations, among them the college “Jaime del Amo”. Jaime for the adoptive son of D. Gregorio.
I resided and worked at “Del Amo” School. Every year, the person who was the secretary of Fr. Gregorio and a Claretian Missionary priest, Fr. Bosi, personal friend of Fr. Gregorio, arrived at the College. One day I said to Father Bosi: "I would like to travel to the United States, help in a parish and take the opportunity to learn a little English." He soon offered me the possibility of traveling to the Parish of St. Joseph, whose parish priest had told Fr. Bosi of the need for help during the priests' vacation time.
August 1986, I travel to California for the first time. Quite an odyssey. It seemed like an endless journey. I had an excellent reception. That first August of 1986 passed and the invitation for the following summer was open. And I came back. Years went by. Every year I came across a change: change of parish priest, parish vicars, office staff ... But thank God there was always someone who welcomed me and remembered me as Father Ángel from Spain.
Every summer I have the opportunity to load my spiritual batteries with your welcome, your looks, hugs and, especially, prayers. Since 1986, many people died who I still remember and love. I have baptized many children who present me today with their parents accompanied by their own children. Three generations close to me: parents, children and grandchildren. I am personally grateful. My summers in St. Joseph are a time of grace, of prayer, of intense life.
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