In 1986, Archbishop Roger Mahony — in his first year as head of the largest archdiocese in the United States — created the five pastoral regions as an innovative ministerial system to serve the archdiocesan Catholic population of 2.5 million. An auxiliary bishop and four deans were appointed in each region as a liaison between the people of the region and the archbishop. That year also represented the 50th anniversary of the creation of the Metropolitan District at Los Angeles (i.e., the Los Angeles Archdiocese), which made California the only state at that time to have two ecclesial provinces (San Francisco being the other; Texas now includes two provinces as well). On Sept. 6, 1986, Archbishop Mahony ordained priests from St. John’s Seminary at St. Vibiana Cathedral. Following are brief profiles of diocesan and religious order priests serving in Los Angeles and celebrating their silver jubilees of ordination in 2011.Father Thomas Elewaut, born in Wisconsin, was ordained a Josephite priest Aug. 15, 1986 in Santa Maria. Most of his ministry was in education, having served as principal at St. Joseph (Santa Maria) and Bishop Garcia Diego (Santa Barbara) High Schools. Incardinated in the archdiocese in 2010, he is currently administrator pro tem at San Buenaventura Mission, Ventura.Father Enrique Huerta, a native of Mexico, was ordained in Chicago March 14, 1986 and served in the archdiocese for many years as a member of the Society of the Divine Word. He was an associate at Holy Family, Wilmington, and St. Malachy, L.A. Incardinated here in 2006, he has been pastor at St. Francis Xavier, Pico Rivera since 2007.Father John Neiman, born in Santa Monica, was ordained Feb. 1, 1986 in Our Lady of Grace Church, Encino. He has been an associate at several parishes, including St. Luke, Temple City; St Anthony, Oxnard; and St. Lawrence Martyr, Redondo Beach. He currently serves at St. Mary Magdalen, Camarillo.Msgr. Nestor Rebong was born in Manila and ordained there June 20, 1986. Associate assignments include St. Dorothy, Glendora, and St. John Vianney, Hacienda Heights. He was incardinated in the archdiocese in 1997, appointed pastor at St. Christopher in West Covina in 2002, and named a monsignor in 2010.Father Nelson Trinidad, a native of El Salvador, was ordained there Aug. 10, 1986. Having served locally at St. Hilary, Pico Rivera, and Our Lady of the Valley, Canoga Park, he was incardinated in 1998. Currently he administers Our Lady of Guadalupe (Rosehill), East Los Angeles.Father Arturo Velasco, a native Angeleno, is a member of St. John’s Seminary class of 1986, ordained by Archbishop Mahony. He was associate at three parishes and pastor at St. Ignatius, Highland Park, for three years. He was named pastor of Our Lady of the Valley, Canoga Park, in 2010.Father Joseph Visperas, a native of the Philippines, was ordained there Dec. 22, 1986. He served as associate at St. Anthony, Oxnard, and St. Paul of the Cross, La Mirada, and was incardinated for Los Angeles in 2007. In 2009 he was named pastor of St. Paul of the Cross, La Mirada.Father John Khanh Vo was born in Vietnam and ordained May 30, 1986 in the Cathedral of St. Francis de Sales, Oakland. Before being incardinated in Los Angeles from the Vietnamese Dominican Fathers in 2000, he served as associate Our Lady of the Valley, Canoga Park; Our Lady of Peace, North Hills; St. Dominic, Eagle Rock; Nativity, El Monte; and is currently at St. Catherine Laboure, Torrance.Father John Vogel, born in Michigan, was ordained from St. John’s Seminary. He was an associate pastor at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, Rowland Heights; Annunciation, Arcadia; and St. Robert Bellarmine, Burbank. He was administrator at St. Cornelius, Long Beach, and Sacred Heart, Lancaster, then pastor of Sacred Heart. He is now pastor at St. Dorothy, Glendora.