Father Michael Mahoney, Pastor
Fr. Michael Mahoney followed in his uncles' footsteps by joining the Capuchins in Ireland. He literally followed one of them, Fr. Emilian Meade, to the mission field of California. Since arriving in the US in 1977, Fr. Michael has worked hard in various parishes; always seeking to build up the parish community and also serve the needs of the greater community, for which reason he has been a member of the Rotary for many years. He served at Mission Santa Inés, where he felt at home with all his parishioners, including Anglo, Hispanic and Chumash. Fr. Michael celebrated his Golden Jubilee (50 years) in the Capuchin Order in 2014.
Fr. Brian McKenna, Associate Pastor, served as an OLA Associate Pastor from 1989 to 1991 and returned to us in 2009. He recalls how he joined the Capuchins, " 'Twin brothers become twin Capuchins' that is how the headline would read.” He and his twin brother, Fr. Jude, entered the Capuchin order on October 4, 1958 in Ireland. The McKenna brothers became friars despite promising careers in athletics. Both left Ireland to work for the Lord, Fr. Jude to Africa and Fr. Brian to parishes in Oregon, California, and Yécora in Northern Mexico. Together they shared their 50th Anniversary in 2008 and Father Brian celebrated his Golden Jubilee of priesthood in June 2016.
Fr. James Stump was born near St. Mark, Kansas, and later studied law at
Washburn Law School in Topeka. While working as in the law departments of insurance entities in Baltimore, MD and Washington, D.C., he met Fr. Sebastian Miklas, a Capuchin who inspired him in his own vocation. He came to California and there joined the order. He has worked in various houses, and most recently served as a Chaplain at the VA Palo Alto Health Care System. In additions to his duties as a staff chaplain, he was on the Bioethics Committee of the Hospital, and an Administrative Panel on Human Subjects in Medical Research at Stanford University. He served as Treasurer of the National Conference of Veteran Affairs Catholic Chaplain. Fr. James officially joined OLA as an Associate Pastor on January 1, 2019.