Faculty

St. John’s seminarians are formed by the best and brightest. Our faculty comes to us from all corners of the earth, trained in the world’s most respected universities. They are world-class teachers, guides, and authors.

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Rev. Rodel G. Balagtas

Rev. Rodel G. Balagtas

Director of Pastoral Formation and Field Education

From a Filipino immigrant family, Fr. Rodel Balagtas was ordained to the priesthood at St. John’s Seminary in 1991. He served as associate pastor at St. Augustine, Culver City (1999-1993);...

Rev. Raymond Marquez

Rev. Raymond Marquez

Director of Students

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Rev. John P. Brennan, S.M.A.

Rev. John P. Brennan, S.M.A.

Professor of Systematic Theology

A native of Ireland, Fr. Brennan was ordained in 1968 in the Society of African Missions. Fr. Brennan, who is a fluent Spanish speaker, was a missionary in Argentina from...

Kevin Brennan, PhD.

Kevin Brennan, PhD.

Assistant Professor of Philosophy

Kevin Brennan received his B.A. in philosophy at St. Anselm College and studied philosophy and theology at the Pontifical Atheneum of Sant’Anselmo in Rome, earning an S.T.B. in theology and...

Victoria Brennan, S.T.D.

Victoria Brennan, S.T.D.

Library Director

A native of Ukraine, Victoria holds an ecclesiastical licentiate in Eastern Christian Studies from the University of St. Paul, Ottawa and a doctorate in Eastern Ecclesiastical Studies from the Pontifical...

Rev. Eugenio Cárdenas, M.Sp.S.

Rev. Eugenio Cárdenas, M.Sp.S.

Assistant Professor of Spiritual Theology

Fr. Cárdenas studied philosophy with the Congregation of the Missionaries of the Holy Spirit, of which he is a member, in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico. He then studied his first two...

Ligia Cardona, M.A.

Ligia Cardona, M.A.

Associate Professor of Spanish

Ligia Cardona is a native of Guatemala. She has received an M.A. in Spanish Language and Literature from California State University of Northridge in 2007. An expert on Central American culture,...

Rev. Gustavo Castillo, S.T.D.

Rev. Gustavo Castillo, S.T.D.

Director of Spiritual Formation

Born in Jalisco, Mexico, Fr. Castillo came to the United States in 1990. He was ordained for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles in 2001 and has served in the following...

Rev. Marco A. Durazo, S.T.D.

Rev. Marco A. Durazo, S.T.D.

Rector, Assistant Professor of Moral Theology

A native of Mexico and an alumnus of St. John’s Seminary, Fr. Marco was ordained to the priesthood in 2007. He has served as Associate Pastor at Santa Clara Church...

Rev. Luke Dysinger, O.S.B., PhD Phil.

Rev. Luke Dysinger, O.S.B., PhD Phil.

Professor of Church History and Moral Theology

Father Luke Dysinger, O.S.B. studied religion and medicine at the University of Southern California, receiving his B.A. in 1974 and his M.D. in 1978. He was board certified in Family...

Mark F. Fischer, PhD.

Mark F. Fischer, PhD.

Professor of Theology

Mark Fischer came to St. John’s in 1990 after spending six years as Director of the Diocesan Pastoral Council Office in Oakland, California. Although he trained in systematic theology, writing...

Paul F. Ford, PhD.

Paul F. Ford, PhD.

Professor of Systematic Theology and Liturgy

Dr. Ford studied for the priesthood for the then-diocese of Monterey–Fresno, 1961–1973, but was never ordained. He was a Benedictine monk at St. Andrew’s Abbey, Valyermo, from 1973–1978. Dr. Ford...

Rev. Jeff Harvey, C.M.

Rev. Jeff Harvey, C.M.

Assistant Professor of Homiletics

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Sister Mary Leanne Hubbard, S.N.D.

Sister Mary Leanne Hubbard, S.N.D.

Assistant Professor of Pastoral Studies

Sr. Leanne entered the Sisters of Notre Dame in 1986, making her final vows in 1994. She has taught at La Reina High School, St. Rose of Lima School, and...

Rev. Timothy Klosterman, M.A.

Rev. Timothy Klosterman, M.A.

Director of Pastoral Formation

Reverend Timothy Klosterman grew up in Palmdale, California and entered St. John’s Seminary College in 1998. He was ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles in 2008 and...

Anthony Lilles, S.T.D.

Anthony Lilles, S.T.D.

Academic Dean

Anthony Lilles, S.T.D. has served the Church and assisted in the formation of clergy since 1994, and now serves in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles as Academic Dean of St....

Mariano Lopez, PhD.

Mariano Lopez, PhD.

Associate Professor of Spanish

Born in Madrid, Spain, Dr. Mariano Lopez earned his doctorate in Spanish Literature from Catholic University of Fribourg, Switzerland in 1990. The next year, he spent time between the United...

Rev. J. Patrick Mullen, PhD.

Rev. J. Patrick Mullen, PhD.

Professor of Biblical Studies

A priest of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, Fr. Patrick Mullen is both professor of biblical studies, New Testament, at St. John’s Seminary, Camarillo and pastor of Padre Junipero Serra...

Rev. Aelred John Niespolo, O.S.B., M.A.

Rev. Aelred John Niespolo, O.S.B., M.A.

Assistant Professor of Philosophy

Fr. Niespolo is a Benedictine priest of St. Andrew’s Abbey in Valyermo, California. He made his final vows as a monk of the Abbey on August 15, 2004 and was...

Rev. Leo Ortega, S.T.L.

Rev. Leo Ortega, S.T.L.

Assistant Professor of Systematic Theology

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Rev. Timothy Peters

Rev. Timothy Peters

Assistant Professor of Biblical Studies

Fr. Tim Peters was ordained for the Diocese of Orange in 2003. He served at Saint Anne’s parish in Santa Ana from 2003 to 2007 and at Saint Anthony Claret...

Prof. Eric Peterson, M.A.

Prof. Eric Peterson, M.A.

English Language Instructor

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Rev. Thinh Duc Pham, S.L.L.

Rev. Thinh Duc Pham, S.L.L.

Assistant Professor of Liturgy

Ordained to the priesthood for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles in 2002, Fr. Thinh Pham, a native of Vietnam and an alumnus of Saint John’s Seminary, served as Associate Pastor...

Elizabeth Reichert S.T.L.

Elizabeth Reichert S.T.L.

Assistant Professor of Moral Theology

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Dcn. Milton Rosenberg, Ph. Psy.

Dcn. Milton Rosenberg, Ph. Psy.

Director of Psychological Services

Deacon Milton Rosenberg was ordained as Permanent Deacon for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles in June 1999. He serves at Santa Clara Church in Oxnard, California. Prior to obtaining his...

Rev. Slawomir Szkredka, S.S.D.

Rev. Slawomir Szkredka, S.S.D.

Assistant Professor of Biblical Studies

Ordained to the priesthood for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles in 2002, Fr. Slawomir Szkredka, a native of Poland, served as Associate Pastor at Saint Genevieve Parish in Panorama City...

Rev. Steven R. Thoma, C.R., M.A.

Rev. Steven R. Thoma, C.R., M.A.

Assistant Professor of Homiletics

Before coming to St. John’s Seminary, Father Thoma served his religious community, the Congregation of the Resurrection, in a variety of ways. In his twenty-two years of active ministry, Fr....

Most Rev. Marc V. Trudeau, D.D.

Most Rev. Marc V. Trudeau, D.D.

adjunct professor

Bishop Marc V. Trudeau is a native of Los Angeles and received his Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences from the University of Southern California. He attended the University of...

Alan Vincelette, PhD.

Alan Vincelette, PhD.

Associate Professor of Philosophy

Dr. Vincelette came to philosophy by way of biology where he was previously a research assistant at the University of Illinois at Chicago in Molecular Biology (1989) and at the...

Al Miller, M.A.

Al Miller, M.A.

English Pronunciation Enrichment

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Janice Daurio, PhD.

Janice Daurio, PhD.

Adjunct: Pre-Theology

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Kenneth Hensley, PhD.

Kenneth Hensley, PhD.

Adjunct Pre-Theology Biblical Studies

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Anne Kellenberger, PhD.

Anne Kellenberger, PhD.

Adjunct English Instructor

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Rev. John Montejano, J.C.L.

Rev. John Montejano, J.C.L.

Adjunct: Canon Law

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Rev. Modesto Perez, J.C.D

Rev. Modesto Perez, J.C.D

Adjunct Professor of Canon Law

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Yolanda Rogers, M.A.

Yolanda Rogers, M.A.

Adjunct: Pastoral Counseling

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Jennifer Rosato, PhD.

Jennifer Rosato, PhD.

Adjunct Philosophy Instructor

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Rev. Jose Rueda, J.C.L.

Rev. Jose Rueda, J.C.L.

Adjunct Professor of Canon Law

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Dr. William Shaules

Dr. William Shaules

Adjunct: Biblical Studies

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Rev. Carlos Valencia, C.J.M., S.S.D.

Rev. Carlos Valencia, C.J.M., S.S.D.

Adjunct: Biblical Studies

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