George Horvath – President
I am a life-long Catholic having attended Catholic grade school and college while growing up in Buffalo, NY. My parents set a great example by regular mass attendance, praying together as a family and being active members of our parish . . . Mom ran the Mothers Club, Dad called Bingo Games on Thursday nights, Sisters cooked for parish priests at the rectory, and I was an altar boy, weekday lecturer, and part-time janitor. Today, I and my wife Katherine along with our four children George (16), Teddy (14), Annie (12) and Henry (9) have been members of St. Cecilia Church and School since April 2010 after moving to California from Wisconsin. In addition to my position on Pastoral Council, I serve as an Eucharistic Minister on Sundays, I am the St. Cecilia Outreach Coordinator for the Diocese’s Christ Cathedral Capital Campaign and I am actively involved in St Cecilia School. I love our parish and her diversity and I am honored to serve as President of Pastoral Council.
Timothy McCarry – Vice President
My name is Timothy McCarry and my wife and I have been a member of St. Cecilia Parish since we moved to Tustin 19 years ago. All four of my children have been baptized here and we’ve had three First Holy Communions as well as my eldest having received her Confirmation at St. Cecilia. My children continue to grow through St. Cecilia’s Faith Formation program. In my years as an active Parish member I have tried to contribute to the Church both financially and through volunteering. As a member of the Pastoral Council I would like to continue my service to the Parish by providing guidance and support in our strategic decisions.
Esther Mays – Parliamentarian
My name is Esther Mays. My daughter and I have been registered parishioners of St. Cecilia’s for the past five years. I am very active in the parish, serving as a Eucharistic Minister, an active member in the Women’s Ministry, and assisting with the St. Joseph’s Table Ministry. Outside of St. Cecilia Parish, I serve as President of the Instrumental Music Guild at Foothill High School. My work experience as well as my involvement in the various ministries at St. Cecilia Parish allows me to serve as an active member on the Pastoral Council, of which I am honored to be a member.
I am a cradle Catholic with 5 children 13 grandchildren. I have been with St Cecilia parish since 2002. My wife Rebecca is a convert; she started the RCIA program in 2005 and completed her Sacraments in 2007. I have been in the restaurant Industry all my life. My Grandparents owned and operated a family business throughout my childhood in Redlands, CA. I was an Executive Chef for 26 years before getting a promotion to a Food Service Director which I was in this Position 6 Years. My works with the Parish include Head of the Usher Ministry, RCIA Catechist, Christian Service, St Cecilia Parish Knights of Columbus Council 5385 as well as the 4th Degree Assembly Christ Cathedral 3479.
Charles J. “Chuck” Horvath
Chuck Horvath and his wife Joanne have been members of St. Cecelia’s Parish for the past 35 years. He is a product of Catholic Elementary School and High School in Gary, Indiana. After graduation from Indiana State University he served with the U.S. Army in Vietnam in the 101st Airborne Division, then received his MBA from The Kellogg School of Business at Northwestern University. He is an usher at the 11:00 a.m. Mass every Sunday for the last 25 years.
Peter Ruiz, Born in El Paso, Texas I come from a family of four, two brothers and one sister. I went to Catholic grade school and high school in Texas. I got married to Josie in Texas and moved to California in 1960. I also went to college in Los Angeles we have five children and sixteen grandchildren. I work for Thrifty Drugstores for 35 years as an inventory control. I got laid off and went to work for Tustin High School. I have been a member of St. Cecilia Church since 1976. I been with Christian Service since 1996 and teach CCD classes, and Bible Class. At present I am a Chaplain at Western Medical Center. I am proud to be Catholic and a member of St. Cecilia Church.
I have been a member of St. Cecilia Parish since 1968. My five children graduated from our school (1976-1984). I was a kitchen chairman from Bingo during the 80’s every Friday Night. I was Soup Supper chairman from 2007 to 2013. I have served on the Parish Council with three different Pastors over the years. I have been a Eucharistic Minister for many years. I am very supportive of Catholic school education.
I am a native Californian and grew up in Orange County. I am a member of the new Hispanic group at St. Cecilia’s – Jovenes Para Cristo / Young Adults for Christ, and forms part of the group’s directive board as the treasurer. I am also part of the Finance Ministry for the Interdiocesan (national) board of Jovenes Para Cristo / Young Adults for Christ. For more than 13 years, I have worked, in various positions, at the Diocese of Orange. I am an instructor for the Institute for Pastoral Ministry in the Diocese of Orange and serves on the 2015 Diaconate Class Formation Board. My background includes project management, and training. I am inspired by working with parish and community leadership and believes collaboration is key in forming a welcoming and warm parish. I am fluent in English and Spanish, and earned my B.A. in American Literature and Public Affairs from the University of California, LA.
I have been a parishioner of St. Cecilia for about 15 years. I am a widow and have a son, a daughter-in-law, and a 10 year old grandaughter. My job is working at Kaiser Permanente Medical Center as a nurse case manager. I have taught catechism for many years; first at St. Nicholas, then at St. Cecilia and at St. Timothy. I am completing my second and last year of studies at St. Michael’s Abbey to become a third order Norbertine. This year, I traveled to Ghana, at the invitation of Father Richard Affrim, to introduce and lead the Jeff Cavin 8 week “A quick Journey through the Bible” study. The Ghanaian people loved it and many seeds were planted. God willing, I will return next March to continue God’s work. Currently, I am co-leading this same study at St. Cecilia.
Tony Lagman has been a parishioner of St. Cecilia for the past 10 years. He had spent most of his professional career in the pharmaceutical industry working with Novartis, Lilly, Bayer and other allied healthcare companies. Presently, he is semi-retired selling herbal food supplements and other products and services online and also does internet radio broadcasting. St. Cecilia Church affiliation includes: Filipino Community of St. Cecilia as President, Liturgical Tech Ministry, recently as Eucharistic Minister and City on the Hill, a covenanted community as Laison. He graduated from Colegio de San Juan de Letran (Philippines) with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and an MBA in Marketing.
Hung Tran has been a devoted parishioner of St. Cecilia for 17 years. He also has over 30 years of experience in wireless telecommunications. He is compassionate, dedicated, analytic and organized. He enjoys family, community volunteering activities, golf and racquetball. He currently resides in Tustin Ranch with his wife Lien and two daughters Linda and Michelle.
Marcos has been a member of the Saint Cecilia community for about 6 years with his wife Lisa and their two children – David and Isabella, both of whom attend Saint Cecilia Catholic School. Marcos works as a consultant to community-based and faith-based organizations providing training, support and advice to enhance their capacity for transformative impact. He has experience in pastoral planning, faith-based community organizing, ministerial and leadership development. Marcos serves as instructor at Loyola Marymount University’s Center for Religion and Spirituality in Los Angeles and at the Institute for Pastoral Ministry at the Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange. He also serves as ministry consultant for the CSJ Educational Network, a ministry of the Sisters of Saint Joseph of Orange. Marcos holds a Bachelor’s degree from Pitzer College and a Masters in Business Administration with an emphasis on Strategy and Leadership from the Drucker School at Claremont Graduate University. Marcos has served on several advisory and governing boards of local and regional nonprofits and also serves on the Saint Cecilia School’s Consultative Board.