Meet our Priests

Fr. Nagel on Teaching

Fr. Kurt Nagel of the Archdiocese of Seattle talks about why he loves teaching as a priest.

Fr. Cal on Priesthood

Fr. Cal Christiansen of the Archdiocese of Seattle talks about why the Church needs priests.

Fr. Todd on Blessings of Priesthood

Fr. Todd Strange of the Archdiocese of Seattle speaks about how priesthood allows someone to be present in very important moments of peoples' lives.

Fr. Ramon on Discernement

Fr. Ramon Santa Cruz gives advice to anyone discerning God's calling for their lives.

Fr. Francis on Hearing the Call to Priesthood

Fr. Francis Thumbi reflects on how his childhood experiences drew him to the priesthood.

Fr. Roy Baroma

Fr. Cal Christiansen

Born in Winnipeg Manitoba, CA

Fr. Thanh Dao

Fr. Brad Hagelin

Seattle, WA

Fr. Tuan Nguyen

Renton, WA

Fr. Matthew Oakland

Fr. Bryan Ochs

Fr. Felino Paulino

Fr. John Walmesley

Vancouver, British Columbia

Fr. Roy Baroma

priest administrator, our lady of sorrows parish, snoqualmie

 

Fr. Cal Christiansen

Date and Place of Ordination: 6/7/08, St. James Cathedral

Greatest Joy as a Priest: The multiple dimensions of ministry; celebrating the sacraments, youth ministry, administration, working with families/marriages/individuals in crisis...I love the variety and complexity of priestly ministry.

Greatest Challenge as a Priest: The same as the joys; the multiple dimensions of ministry; celebrating the sacraments, youth ministry, administration, working with families/marriages/individuals in crisis...

Scripture Passage that Inspires You: There are many, but the one that I return to on a regular basis is Dirac 2:1-5: "My son, when you come to serve the Lord, prepare yourself for trials...."

Favorite Recreations: I enjoy active/endurance activities; skiing, running and cycling/road biking.

Fr. Thanh Dao

​Pastor, vietnamese martyrs parish, tukwila

Fr. Brad Hagelin

Priest Administrator, St. Luke, Shoreline

Date and Place of Ordination: June 11th, 2011; Saint James Cathedral

Greatest Joy as a Priest: Witnessing the spiritual awakening of those who have been “asleep,” and also spiritual growth of parishioners in general.  It is amazing to see what God can do with anyone who has opened their heart to His grace.

Greatest Challenge as a Priest: The overall spiritual apathy of our culture.  My uncle, Fr. Rick Ganz S.J., well phrases it: “existential torpor and indifference.”

Scripture Passage that Inspires You: “If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son but handed him over for us all, how will he not also give us everything else along with him?” Romans 8:31-32

Favorite Recreations: Skiing, Cooking, Watching the Seahawks and Gonzaga Basketball.

 

Fr. Tuan Nguyen

Pastor, St. Ann, Tacoma and Sacred Heart, Tacoma

Hometown: Renton, WA. is where my brothers living or Kien-Giang, South Vietname is my Mom's living with other siblings.

Date and Place of Ordination: Jun 13, 1992 at St. James Cathedral, Seattle, WA. by Archbishop Thomas J. Murphy.

Greatest Joy as a Priest: Being with people, meeting, sharing and chatting with people.

Greatest Challenge as a Priest: Too much work, It's never done!

Scripture Passage that Inspires You: "Simon, Son of John, Do you love me?" (John 21)

Favorite Recreations: Traveling, Fishing, Skiing, hiking, reading and walking.

Fr. Matthew Oakland

pastor, holy rosary parish, seattle

Hometown: Lacey, WA

Date and Place of Ordination:  St. James Cathedral, June 12, 2010

Greatest Joy as a Priest:  Each and every day, I get to share in people’s joy as they come to know Jesus Christ and follow Him more closely.  And in and through prayer, the Sacraments, counseling, visits to the sick, teaching classes and the many other facets of priestly life and ministry, I get to help them.    

Greatest Challenge as a Priest:  Our culture is one which is becoming ever more hostile to faith, and to Jesus Christ and His Church in particular.  Many willingly settle for worldly joys when they could possess the pearl of great price.

Scripture Passage that Inspires You:  Jesus Christ, yesterday and today; the same forever – Hebrews 13:8

Favorite Recreations:  Reading, Spending time with family and friends, Traveling, Spending time outdoors in God’s beautiful Creation

Fr. Bryan Ochs

pastor, st. rose de viterbo, longview

chaplain, seton catholic high school, vancouver

Fr. Felino Paulino

pastor, st. edward parish, seattle

Fr. John Walmesley

Pastor, Our Lady of Guadalupe, Seattle

Ordination: June 1, 1974, St James Cathedral

Greatest Joy as a Priest: preaching, presiding and funerals

Greatest Challenge as a Priest: Finding time for prayer and nurturing my contemplative side

Recreation: cross-country skiing

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