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The bulk of the Dinner proceeds go to the support of our 6 Seminarians:

Jon Meyer

            Jonathon (Jon) Meyer was born and raised in Torrance and is the oldest son in a family of six.  As the only boy in a set of triplets, his life has been filled with many blessings, adventures, and very few dull moments.  He grew up in a large, devout Roman Catholic family where the importance of family values and faith were role modeled daily.

            His grandfather, Lou Stark, a longtime member of council 1990, has had particular influence on his childhood formation.  His family belongs to St. Lawrence Martyr Church where his parents participated actively in various ministries.  He attended elementary school at St. Lawrence, and is a graduate of Bishop Montgomery High School as the Salutatorian of the Class of 2004.  From high school he attended the Catholic University of America in Washington, DC, graduating with a Bachelors of Science in Biochemistry.  He was involved in many different campus ministry programs, worked for the Office of Admissions and the President of the University.  The college years gave him the opportunity to grow tremendously in his faith, leading him to discern a call to the diocesan priesthood.

            He and his father joined Council 1990 in 2008.  Jon was accepted to St. John’s seminary starting in the fall of 2008.  He looks forward to the growth and challenges seminary studies and life will bring him.

            During the summer of 2012 he spent two months in Panama, focusing on learning Spanish by cultural immersion.  Starting in September 2012 he will be interning at St Michael’s in South Central LA, with a parish elementary school.  The parish consists of mostly Hispanic and African American families.


           

Basil Ozor

            Basil Obinna Ozor is a native of Lowa, in Ihitte-Uboma, in Imo State Nigeria.  His parents, Mr. and Mrs. Patrick and Monica Ozor are farmers.  The family was blessed with eight children, four boys and four girls.  He is the third child and the second son in the family.

            He started his education at the age of four, enrolled in a catholic kindergarten run by nuns.  After successfully completing his primary education, he entered the secondary school.  It was at this time that he became an altar server and began to assist at mass.  After six years of serving at mass he began to have the desire to become a Catholic Priest.

          He completed his secondary education with excellent results.  It was at his time that he told his parents about his strong desire to become a priest.  His parents complied and took him to the parish priest to discuss his vocation.  The parish pastor supported his vocation for he had already seen him all the years that he was an altar server and observed him being active in various pious societies.  The pastor recommended him for admission to St Peter’s Okigwe diocesan junior seminary.  He was admitted there on the 22nd of August 2006.  After two years of spiritual formation in the junior seminary he was sent to Bigard Memorial Seminary in Enugu, Nigeria for four years to study philosophy.  Currently he is into his final year in philosophy.



Alexander Muddu

            Alexander Muddu is our seminarian at St John’s Seminary studying for the Archdiocese of Kampala, Uganda.  He is the son of the late Leonard Ssentongo and Elizabeth Nakibuuka.  He is the eldest child among his siblings, they all live in Uganda.

            He has completed his third year of theology at St. John's Seminary Camarillo and expects to be ordained Deacon in the USA in 2012 and Priest in Uganda in 2013.  He completed his internship experience at the African American Parish of the Transfiguration Church in Los Angeles, a parish with its own challenges.

            Alexander considers his vocation a blessing for his family as he continues with his studies and discernment for the priesthood.  He is very appreciative of the Knights of Columbus Council 1990 assistance during this, the last year of his priestly development.  He asks for our continued prayers and appreciates greatly our financial support.

Juan Cano

            Juan Cano was born on October 31st 1982 to Jesus and Celia Cano in the city of Juarez in the state of Chihuahua, Mexico.  He was born with an incurable brain tumor and his parents were told that there was no hope for him.  Therefore, they prayed – story goes that his mother prayed to God that if He were to let him live, she would not mind he becoming a priest.  Juan survived and was brought to Los Angeles at the age of 1.  He and his family have been living in the city of Hawthorne.

            Juan comes from a very close family; he is the eldest of 5, one girl and four boys.  After attending public schools he is the first to have finished college in the family, receiving a B.A. degree in Philosophy from Cal State University, Dominguez Hills.

            Prior to entering the Seminary he had been a full time student.  However, he did have a couple of jobs before answering God’s call.  He was working in the restaurant and music industries.  In the restaurant he was a dishwasher and cashier.  In the music industry he was an instructor of guitar and percussion instruments, giving lessons in private and in the Church.  As music director he was responsible for several masses, covering diverse liturgies (i.e., Sundays, Weddings, Funerals, Sweet 15, Baptisms, etc.) throughout the South Bay and West L.A areas.  At the same time, he was also a Latin Jazz and Ball Room dance instructor for teenagers. 

            He felt the calling to the Priesthood since the age of 8.  Pious priests supported his desire for a consecrated life.  Father Daniel taught him much about the liturgy and was always encouraging him towards the Priesthood. 

            For various reasons, he neglected God’s calling for many years; until Fr. Daniel died in 2001.  At the age of 33 he finally answered to God’s call.  That year he began to discern his vocation, mainly with his former pastor Fr.  Perry Leiker.  In 2003 he was accepted by the Diocese into the Juan Diego House (house of formation for Priesthood) program where he finished his undergraduate schooling in 2008.  During these years he continued to be actively involved in his home parish.  In the fall of 2008 he joined Saint John’s Seminary.  He is presently in his last year of Theology, having completed his internship at Sacred Heart Parish in Lancaster with Fr. Tom Baker.  He expects to enter the Deaconate in the fall of 2012, and the Priesthood in the spring of 2013.  He asks us to keep all of the seminarians, priests and religious in our prayers.


Ian Hagan 

          Ian was born in Kansas City, MO and is 46 years old.  Ian was not baptized as a child.  His father is a non-practicing Baptist and his Mother was a non-practicing Catholic when he was growing up.  She has since gone back to the church in the last 10 years, thanks be to God.  Ian knew from a very young age that he wanted to be Catholic and a priest.  He used to skip recess at the public school so he could attended and sit in the church across the street

            Ian was baptized 11 years ago.  He spent many years after high school working to support himself.  His parents did not have the money to pay for college so he spent many years in and out of college while working full time.  He went through the Archdiocese discernment program for a couple years and entered the formation program last year, spending a year at the Juan Diego House.  He entered St. John’s Seminary this year in Pre Theology 1.  He was elected and is currently the chairperson for the Mission, Peace and Justice ministry for St. John’s Seminary.  He also serves on the student Senate.  Additionally, he serves as one of 4 students representing St. John’s Seminary for the California InterSem Committee.  His home parish is Christ the King Church in Hollywood.  He has served for many years there; currently serving as EM, Homebound Minister, Lector, Parish Council and Head of the Vocations Committee.  Outside of his parish and seminary activities he has been very active with the homeless outreach and serves at the Union Downtown Mission, The Bread and Roses Homeless Café in Venice Beach, The Los Angeles Regional Food bank, The AmeriCorps and various other charities on an as needed volunteer basis.

                His father came from a family of service men; he served in the Navy and is still living.  The father’s family was originally from Louisiana.  He is now 82 years old and in late stage of Alzheimer’s disease.  Ian’s mother is still living and caring for his father at the nursing home.


Gregorio Hidalgo

            Gregorio was born in Spain in 1974 to a very poor and hard working agricultural family.  He lived 40 minutes outside Toledo, in a village called, La Villa De D. Fadrique with a population of less than 4000 people.  His life was simple yet full with a loving family.  His brother was born with a mental disorder and his development stopped at the mental capacity of a 14 month old baby.  His brother was the glue that kept his family together.

            At the age of 11 he decided to be become a seminarian, but that enthusiasm lasted only 5 years.  After the minor seminary, he decided to explore the world, thinking that it could give him more than what God would give.  He became all he wanted to be, except to be beloved.  He became a teacher, and taught for 16 years in various countries, the last 13 of those here in Los Angeles.  This is where God encountered him again, and this time it was as if he was reborn.  

            He remembers vividly, one day when he woke up, turned the on the TV, and there it was, the sentence: “DO NOT BE AFRAID!”  It was the funeral mass of Pope John Paul II.  He didn’t know what happened to him, but was not afraid.  He took his guitar and started writing spiritual songs which later became two published CDs of Catholic music.  From that day on, all he did was pray (even though he had forgotten how) and went to Mass.  He cried for many, many months, and one day, he just wanted to be that guy, the one behind the altar, a priest. This emotion burned deeply inside of him, so he started again thinking about a priestly vocation.  He joined a vocation discernment group in this Diocese, and the rest is history.

            In the last three years he has lost both his father and mother.  Those have been the hardest, yet the most beautiful moments of his life.  Seeing them both die, peacefully, young, in his arms, praying and singing his songs, was the true testimony and assurance of what he wanted to be.  He feels that his parents are accompanying him on this journey; on which he sometimes really feels alone and far away from the rest of his family.  Now his adopted family is none other than Our Mother Mary and her Son Jesus.  In Their company he feels complete.

            He says: Life is a journey and in every second of it, I feel that I belong to Him who made me so I AM NOT AFRAID!!!