Fr. Roberto Jaranilla Jr.
I was born and raised in the Philippines. I received a BS
Degree in Computer Science from De La Salle University in 1986. In 1987, I came to the U.S. to pursue a Masters Degree in
Computer Science at West Coast University, California. I was seeking greener pastures. Little did I know that God had
a different green pasture planned for me.
Shortly after I arrived I had a life and death conversion experience.
This forced me to look at my faith and my relationship with God seriously. Gently and patiently God guided my path to St.
John's Seminary, Camarillo.
I was ordained in 1996. My first assignment was Christ
the King in Hollywood, then St. Raymond in Downey, followed by All Souls, Alhambra. Currently I am serving St. Joseph.
The Church and His people were the green pastures God had in mind for me.
Fr. Anh-tuan Nguyen
The Lord be with you!
My name is Fr. Anh-Tuan
Dominic Nguyen. I am the youngest son and the 7th child in the family of 8 children. I was born and raised
in Vietnam. I emigrated with my parents and sisters to the United States of America in the Spring of 1992. I graduated
from Cal Poly Pomona with a BS Degree in Computer Science in 2000.
Fall 2001, I entered St.
John's Seminary, Camarillo. And on the 2nd of June 2007, I was ordained into the Sacred Order of the Priesthood of Jesus Christ
for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. My first assginment was Our Lady of the Assumption Church in Ventura.
By the loving grace of God,
I am now here among you, the Family of St. Joseph in Pomona, to share with you our Christian vocation. It is such a blessing
for me to be here at St. Joseph on this Year of the Priests.
Please pray for me and all
our priests that we will always be "inflamed with the fire of God's love" and faithful to our sacred vocation.
Fr. Rick Van De Water
Priest, Arabic Community
I grew up in Columbia, SC. I attended Davidson
College in N. Carolina & graduated in 1972.
2 years later, I went to visit the Holy Land where
I taught English at the Christian Brothers College in Bethlehem. That experience introduced me to the Christians
of the Holy Land & convinced me that I had to stay there & support them. I entered the Diocesan Seminary of
the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem in 1978. On Pentecost Sunday, 1982, I was ordained to
the diocesan priesthood at the Church of the Dormitian on Mount Zion.
In 1989, I was named pastor of St. Joseph Church in
Ader, Jordan, near the foot of the Dead Sea. In
1996, I was accepted to pursue doctoral studies in Biblical Theology at the University of Fribourg, Switzerland. In 1999,
I was appointed pastor of St. Joseph Church in the West Bank village of Jifna. In 2006, the Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem sent me to San Francisco as associate chaplain to the Arab
Catholics at St. Thomas More Church.
been appointed 3 times to parishes named St. Joseph. Perhaps the Lord is trying to tell me something! Anyway, I am overjoyed
to be here.