WHO WE ARE

Fr. Marito Rebamontan brings his warmth and caring to our parish.  He comes from the Philippines, born on October 10, in Basey, Samar.  He is the third in a family of two brothers and two sisters.  He graduated from San Carlos Archdiocesan Seminary in Manila and had the distinction of being ordained by Pope John Paul VI on November 28, 1970.  His previous assignments include St Columban, 1976-1977; St. Callistus, 1977-1983; St. Anne's in Santa Ana, 1983-1985; and St. Anthony Claret, 1985-2003.  He is also dedicated to bringing multicultural communities together, and is fluent in both English and Spanish.

Fr. Sean Condon came to us from Our Lady Queen of Angels Parish, Newport Beach in July of 2003.  He was ordained a priest in 1957 for the Dioceses of Limerick, Ireland, where he served most of his life.  In the sixties he served as army chaplain to the United Nations peacekeeping forces in the Republic of the Congo, and twice in the Middle East.  In the eighties, he volunteered to help St. Patrick's Missionary Society and spent five years in Northern Nigeria.  He came to the Diocese of Orange from Limerick on July 4, 1997.  Fr. Sean loves Southern California for its people, its climate and its golf.

Fr. Jospeh Long Kim Nguyen [ bio coming soon ]

Deacon Bill Cobbett was ordained in 1999 and assigned to St Columban parish.  He and his wife Sylvia have been members of St. Columban parish since 1980, when they moved from Europe to California.  Deacon Bill  was Directory of RCIA for a number of years and is still active as a catechist.  He and Sylvia have also worked in the bereavement and baptism ministries.  Since his ordination, Deacon Bill and Sylvia have been very actively involved in marriage preparation, and started a new eight-week program for engaged couples called "Unitas". "Unitas" has rapidly gained acceptance and is very popular with couples who are preparing for marriage.

Deacon Jerry Dao was born in North Vietnam in 1944 and was the seventh of eight children.  he is married to Hao Dao, and they have four daughters and one son.  his family has been parishioners of Holy Spirit since 1989.  In 1998, he was called by God to study philosophy and theology at Marywood Center.  After completing his studies, he was ordained by Bishop Tod Brown on May 3, 2003, and assigned to serve at Holy Spirit.  Deacon Bill loves to study.  After seven years of study, he received a Master Catechist diploma at Marywood Center by Bishop Dominic Luong September 2004.  Besides his service to both the Vietnamese and English communities, Deacon Jerry enjoys teaching RCIA and visits juvenile and adult jails in Orange County.