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Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange announces priest assignment changes

With the extended lockdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic limiting in-person church functions, even attending Mass, it may have been easy to miss the latest changes in priest assignments for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange. The changes are part of a regular cycle and do not necessarily indicate any sort of special, unusual, or otherwise notable event.

Of note to our core coverage area: Reverend Christopher Heath has had his term as Pastor of St. Hedwig Parish in Los Alamitos extended; Rev. Scott Allen has been assigned as a Parochial Vicar to St. Hedwig; and Rev. Frederick Atentar, who formerly served at St. Irenaeus Parish in Cypress, is taking a new assignment outside the Diocese of Orange.

The following information is available through the Diocese of Orange website.

PASTORS

REV. REYNOLD E. FURRELL
From Pastor Extended, Holy Trinity Church, Ladera Ranch
To Pastor, Ss. Simon & Jude Church, Huntington Beach

REV. VIET-PETER HO
From Doctoral studies in Canon Law, Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas (Angelicum), and residence at the Casa Santa Maria, Rome
To Pastor, St. Polycarp Church, Stanton and part-time Judge, Office of Canonical Services

REV. DUY LE
From Administrator, San Francisco Solano Church, RSM
To Pastor, San Francisco Solano Church, RSM

REV. JOSEPH ROBILLARD
From Pastor, St. Justin Martyr Church, Anaheim
To Pastor, Christ our Savior Church, Santa Ana

REV. PHILIP SMITH
From Administrator, St. Edward the Confessor Church, Dana Point
To Pastor, St. Edward the Confessor Church, Dana Point

REV. MICHAEL ST. PAUL
From Pastor, St. Polycarp Church, Stanton
To Pastor, Holy Trinity Church, Ladera Ranch

PASTORS RENEWED/EXTENDED

REV. EDWARD BECKER
From Pastor, Our Lady of Guadalupe Church, La Habra
To Pastor Renewed, Our Lady of Guadalupe Church, La Habra

REV. MICHAEL HANIFIN
From Pastor, St. Joachim Church, Costa Mesa
To Pastor Renewed, St. Joachim Church, Costa Mesa

REV. CHRISTOPHER HEATH
From Pastor, St. Hedwig Church, Los Alamitos
To Pastor Extended, St. Hedwig Church, Los Alamitos

REV. MSGR. J. MICHAEL MCKIERNAN
From Pastor/Rector, Mission Basilica, San Juan Capistrano
To Pastor/Rector Renewed, Mission Basilica, San Juan Capistrano

REV. JIM RIES
From Pastor, Our Lady of Fatima Church, San Clemente
To Pastor Extended, Our Lady of Fatima Church, San Clemente

REV. ENRIQUE SERA
From Pastor, St. Mary Church, Fullerton
To Pastor Renewed, St. Mary Church, Fullerton

REV. MSGR. JOHN URELL
From Pastor, St. Timothy Church, Laguna Niguel
To Pastor Extended, St. Timothy Church, Laguna Niguel

ADMINISTRATORS

REV. DAVID R. KLUNK
From Administrator, St. Angela Merici Church, Brea
To Administrator Extended, St. Angela Merici Church, Brea

REV. MARTIN HIEP NGUYEN
From Parochial Vicar, La Purísima Church, Orange
To Administrator, La Purísima Church, Orange

REV. SERGIO RAMOS
From Parochial Vicar, Mission Basilica, San Juan Capistrano
To Administrator, St. Justin Martyr Church, Anaheim

REV. EVAN SIMINGTON
From Parochial Administrator, St. Alban’s Catholic Church, Rochester, New York (Priest of the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter)
To Parochial Administrator, St. John Henry Newman Church, Irvine (Parish of the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter);
In-Residence, St. Timothy Church, Laguna Niguel

RETIRED

REV. MICHAEL DWIGHT GALINADA
From Hospital Chaplaincy, South County
To Retired, In-Residence, St. Edward the Confessor Church, Dana Point

INCARDINATION

REV. MANUEL LÓPEZ GONZÁLEZ
From Archdiocese of Morelia in Michoacán, Mexico and Parochial Vicar, St. Justin Martyr Church, Anaheim
Diocese of Orange, May 1, 2020

SPECIAL ASSIGNMENTS

REV. MICHAEL KHONG
From Parochial Vicar, St. John Neumann Church, Irvine
To Bishop Vann’s Priest Secretary/Master of Ceremonies, Pastoral Center, Garden Grove

REV. FREDY MANCILLA
From Parochial Vicar/Sick Leave, St. Norbert Church, Orange
To In-Residence at St. Columban Church, Garden Grove

REV. JOSEPH SON NGUYEN
From University California Irvine Professor, Irvine
To Bioethics Advisor, Emmaus Institute Instructor, Supply Priest, and continuing as Censor Librorum

SENIOR PRIEST

REV. BILL BARMAN
From Sabbatical
To Senior Priest, Our Lady of Fatima Church, San Clemente

PAROCHIAL VICARS

REV. SCOTT ALLEN
From Licentiate studies in Philosophy and residence at the Pontifical North American College, Rome
To Parochial Vicar, St. Hedwig Church, Los Alamitos

REV. JAIME HERNÁNDEZ DÍAZ, O.F.M.
From Parochial Vicar, Blessed Sacrament Church, Westminster
To Parochial Vicar, St. Catherine of Siena Church, Laguna Beach

REV. ALFREDO DE DIOS, O.A.R.
From Pastor, Cristo Rey Church, Los Angeles
To Parochial Vicar, Our Lady of Guadalupe Church, Santa Ana

Effective May 1, 2020

REV. RANDY GUILLEN
From Parochial Vicar, Our Lady of Guadalupe Church, La Habra
To Parochial Vicar, St. Joachim Church, Costa Mesa

REV. MANUEL LÓPEZ GONZÁLEZ
From Archdiocese of Morelia in Michoacán, Mexico and Parochial Vicar, St. Justin Martyr Church, Anaheim
To Parochial Vicar, Mission Basilica, San Juan Capistrano Incardinated Diocese of Orange, May 1, 2020

REV. SALVADOR LANDA
From Parochial Vicar, Our Lady of Fatima Church, San Clemente
To Parochial Vicar, St. Boniface Church, Anaheim

REV. JOHN DUY NGUYEN
From Parochial Vicar, Holy Trinity Church, Ladera Ranch
To Parochial Vicar, Holy Spirit Church, Fountain Valley

REV. THANH-TAI NGUYEN
From Bishop Vann’s Priest Secretary/Master of Ceremonies, Pastoral Center, Garden Grove
To Parochial Vicar, Ss. Simon & Jude Church, Huntington Beach

REV. THOMAS DE NGUYEN-DANG
From Parochial Vicar, Holy Spirit Church, Fountain Valley
To Parochial Vicar, La PurísimaChurch, Orange

REV. TONY PARK
From Parochial Vicar, St. Edward the Confessor Church, Dana Point
To Parochial Vicar, St. John Neumann Church, Irvine

REV. JOHN SHIMOTSU
From Interim Parochial Administrator, Christ our Savior Church, Santa Ana
To Parochial Vicar, St. Anne Church, Seal Beach

REV. JOSEPH SQUILLACIOTI
From Licentiate studies in Liturgy and residence at, Casa Santa Maria, Rome
To Parochial Vicar, St. Edward the Confessor Church, Dana Point

REV. CHARLES TRAN
From Parochial Vicar, St. Norbert Church, Orange
To Parochial Vicar, Holy Trinity Church, Ladera Ranch

REV. JOSEPH NGU TRUONG
From Parochial Vicar, St. Timothy Church, Laguna Niguel
To Parochial Vicar, St. Boniface Church, Anaheim

REV. LEONEL VARGAS
From Parochial Vicar, St. Boniface Church, Anaheim
To Parochial Vicar, Our Lady of Guadalupe Church, La Habra

REV. DOUGLAS ZAVALA
From Parochial Vicar, St. Joachim Church, Costa Mesa
To Parochial Vicar, Blessed Sacrament Church, Westminster

NEWLY ORDAINED PRIESTS

REV. MR. NAM DOAN
From St. John’s Seminary, Camarillo
To Parochial Vicar, St. Norbert Church, Orange

REV. MR. JAKUB MACKOWICZ
From St. Augustine’s Seminary of Toronto, Ontario, Canada
To Parochial Vicar, Our Lady of Guadalupe Church, La Habra

REV. MR. ALEJANDRO NICOLAT HERRERA
From Transitional Deacon, St. Justin Martyr Church, Anaheim
To Parochial Vicar, St. Justin Martyr Church, Anaheim

REV. MR. MICHAEL RIZZO
From Mt. Angel Seminary, St Benedict, Oregon
To Parochial Vicar, Ss. Simon & Jude Church, Huntington Beach

CHAPLAINCIES

REV. ANTHONY BAUTISTA, A.M.
From Alagad ni Maria Religious Community, Philippines
To Chaplain, Mater Dei High School, Santa Ana

REV. FLORANTE MOREN, A.M.
From Alagad ni Maria Religious Community, Philippines
To Chaplain, Cal State University Fullerton, Fullerton

LEAVING THE DIOCESE OF ORANGE

REV. FREDERICK ATENTAR, A.M.
From Chaplain, Cal State University Fullerton, Fullerton
Alagad ni Maria Religious Community
Assignment outside of Diocese of Orange

REV. DANIEL BARICA, O.F.M.
From Pastor, Ss. Simon & Jude Church, Huntington Beach
Saint Barbara Province of the Order of Friars Minor
Assignment outside of Diocese of Orange

REV. MARK JON CRUZ, A.M.
From Chaplain, Mater Dei High School, Santa Ana
Alagad ni Maria Religious Community
Assignment outside of Diocese of Orange

REV. JORGE MATEOS, O.A.R.
From Parochial Vicar, Our Lady of Guadalupe Church, Santa Ana
Augustinian Recollects Religious Order
Assignment outside of Diocese of Orange

REV VINCENT NGUYEN, O.F.M.
From Parochial Vicar, Ss. Simon & Jude Church, Huntington Beach
Saint Barbara Province of the Order of Friars Minor
Assignment outside of Diocese of Orange