On Saturday, May 1, the Archdiocese of Los Angeles released its "New Pastors and Administrators" list for 2021. Archbishop José H. Gomez has approved the following priests to be appointed pastors effective on July 1, 2021:

Our Lady of the Angels Pastoral Region

Fr. Juan Ochoa, Christ the King, Los Angeles 

Fr. Arturo Valadez, Holy Spirit, Los Angeles 

Fr. Anthony Lee, St. Agatha, Los Angeles 

Fr. Luis Espinoza, St. Agnes, Los Angeles 

Fr. Fidelis Omeaku, St. Anselm, Los Angeles 

Fr. Albert Van Der Woerd, St. Mark, Venice 

Fr. Paul Fitzpatrick, St. Martin of Tours, Los Angeles * 

Fr. Joseph Visperas, St. Timothy, Los Angeles * 


Santa Barbara Pastoral Region 

Fr. John Love, Santa Clara, Oxnard * 


San Fernando Pastoral Region 

Fr. Marinello Saguin, Our Lady of Grace, Encino 

Fr. Alden Sison, St. Euphrasia, Granada Hills * 

Fr. Ethan Southard, St. John Eudes, Chatsworth 

Fr. Vaughn Winters, St. Kateri Tekakwitha, Santa Clarita 

Fr. Marco Ortiz, St. Robert Bellarmine, Burbank * 


San Gabriel Pastoral Region 

Msgr. Albert Bahhuth, Holy Family, South Pasadena * 

Fr. Joachim Lepcha, Immaculate Conception, Monrovia 

Fr. Ronald Clark, St. Dorothy, Glendora 

Fr. John Collins, Ss. Felicitas and Perpetua, San Marino * 

Fr. Michael Gutierrez, St. Louis of France, La Puente * 


San Pedro Pastoral Region 

Fr. Paul Vigil, St. Anthony, El Segundo * 

Fr. Mark Strader, St. Bartholomew, Long Beach * 

Fr. Alidor Mikobi, St. Cyprian, Long Beach 

Fr. Erasmus Soriano, St. Linus, Norwalk * 

Fr. Budi Wardhana, St. Lucy, Long Beach 

Fr. Andrew Chung, St. Pancratius, Lakewood 

Fr. Samuel Ward, St. Raymond, Downey * 


The following priests will be appointed or re-appointed Administrators: 

Our Lady of the Angels Pastoral Region

Fr. Miguel Angel Acevedo, St. Paul, Los Angeles 


Santa Barbara Pastoral Region

Fr. Oscar Daniel Martinez, La Purisima Concepcion, Lompoc * 

Fr. Altaire Fernandez, Queen of Angels, Lompoc * 

Fr. Joshua Diener, St. Anthony, Oxnard * 

Fr. William Ian Hagan, St. Julie Billiart, Newbury Park * 

Fr. Ryan Thornton, O.F.M., St. Mark University, Goleta * (religious order priest) 


San Fernando Pastoral Region 

Fr. Jeejo Vazhappily, Sch.P., St. Bridget of Sweden, Lake Balboa *


San Gabriel Pastoral Region 

Fr. Hector William Rodriguez, Our Lady of Guadalupe, Irwindale 

Fr. Jorge Chalaco Vega, Our Lady of the Rosary of Talpa, Los Angeles 

Fr. Roberto Rueda, L.C., Our Lady of Victory, Los Angeles 

Fr. Gilbert Guzman, Sacred Heart, Altadena * 

Fr. Ismael Robles, St. John the Baptist, Baldwin Park * 

Fr. Robert Victoria, St. Luke, Temple City 


San Pedro Pastoral Region 

Fr. Jeffrey Baker, St. Gregory the Great, Whittier * 

Fr. Anthony Garcias, St. Paul of the Cross, La Mirada * 


The following parishes will be entrusted to the pastoral care of religious orders: 

San Fernando Pastoral Region 

St. Mary, Palmdale, entrusted to the Misioneros Servidores de la Palabra (M.S.P) with the pastor/administrator to be announced * 


San Gabriel Pastoral Region

Our Lady of Guadalupe, El Monte, entrusted to the Guadalupe Missionaries (M.G.) with Fr. Carlos May Correa, M.G., assigned as pastor 

Our Lady of Solitude, Los Angeles, entrusted to the Guadalupe Missionaries (M.G.) with Fr. Marco Navarro, M.G., assigned as pastor 

Santa Isabel, Los Angeles, entrusted to the Salesians of Don Bosco (S.D.B.) with the pastor/administrator to be announced. 


Parishes with an asterisk (*) denote parishes that were on the Open Pastorate listing this term.