Priest Deacon Staff
Father Bao Thai – Pastor
Phone: 714-544-3250, Ext. 14
Father Bao Thai was born into a non-baptized family in July 1970 in Saigon, South of Vietnam. Through an incredible series of events, he and his entire family converted to Catholicism nine years later on the feast day of the Solemnity of Our Lady’s Assumption, 8/15/1979.
After earning a B.Sc. in Computer Science from Saigon University (May 1992) and teaching at a high school for an academic year, he left Vietnam for Orange County in July 1993. In August 1995, he answered God’s calling and a yearning desire. He broke new ground when he entered Mount Angel Seminary in Oregon, where he obtained a B.A. in Philosophy (May 1998), and he continued on to obtain his M.Div. and M.A. in Spiritual Theology (St. John’s Seminary in Camarillo, May 2003), as well as his Licentiate of Sacred Theology (S.T.L.) in Spirituality (The Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas – the Angelicum in Rome, June 2009).
Grounded in his faith, learning, and hard work, Father Bao has enthusiastically served God’s people. After his ordination to the priesthood of Jesus Christ at St. Columban on June 7, 2003, he has served at San Francisco Solano, St. Anthony Claret, Holy Family Cathedral and Our Lady of La Vang. He has come to St. Cecilia since July 1, 2015.
Father Ismael Silva – Parochial Vicar
Phone: 714-544-3250, Ext. 15
Father Nicolaus Thai – Parochial Vicar
Phone: 714-544-3250, Ext. 31
Greeting Words from Fr. Nicolaus:
In my continued gratitude to God for the gift of Priesthood, I joyful introduce myself to you as your new Parochial Vicar, starting July 1st, 2017! I also would like to express my thankfulness to Bishop Vann for his appointment and to Fr. Bao Thai, our pastor, for his generosity in accepting me, a new priest, and for his trust in having me as his new Parochial Vicar.
My name is Fr. Nicolaus Thai, a priest of our Diocese of Orange. I was born in 1984 in Saigon. I was baptized on March 11th, 1984 at Bac Ha Catholic Church, my home parish in the archdiocese of Saigon. It was at this spiritual home where I received the sacraments of Baptism, First Holy Communion, and Confirmation. In addition, I was also very involved in Eucharistic Youth Movement and, especially, was an altar server for quite a long time. In the hindsight, it was during these years in serving at the altar during Holy Mass that God planted in me the seed of the vocation to the Catholic priesthood.
My family and I immigrated to the United States of America in 2001 and settled in Fountain Valley. I then attended Los Amigos High School, Orange Coast College, Cal Poly Pomona, and Cal State Long Beach. With many prayers and the support from family and friends, I applied to our Diocese of Orange. I entered St. Patrick’s Seminary and University in Menlo Park in August 2009 as a seminarian of our diocese and was enrolled in the Pre-Theology Program. Having finished this program in 2011, our Bishop Emeritus, Bishop Tod Brown, sent me to the Pontifical North American College in Rome for my theological formation. I attended lectures at the Pontifical Gregorian University, where I earned a Bachelor’s degree in Sacred Theology (S.T.B.) in 2014. Having completed my Pastoral Year at Santa Clara de Asis, Bishop Kevin Vann ordained me to the order of Transitional Deacon on June 27th, 2015. I then returned to Rome to begin my graduate theological studies. After graduating from the Pontifical North American College (’16), Bishop Vann ordained me to the order of Priesthood on June 11th, 2016 during the Jubilee year of Mercy. After my ordination to the Priesthood I returned to Rome again for one more academic year to complete my graduate studies in theology and earned a Licentiate (equivalent to a Master’s degree) in Sacred Theology (S.T.L.) in June 22th, 2017.
Since St. Cecilia’s parish is my first pastoral assignment as a priest, there will be a lot of learning and trainings. Therefore, please remember me in your prayers and please be assured that you are in mine.
Deacon Dong Ngo
Deacon Dong Ngo was born on June 14 in Hai Phong, North Vietnam. At six years old, his family moved to Saigon, South Vietnam. After graduating from Phu Tho Technology School and Saigon Law School, he began working as a mechanical engineer for Shell Oil Company and later for Great Ocean Company until the fall of Saigon in 1975. At that point he fled from Vietnam to the United States with his father, two brothers and two sisters. While in the States, he returned to school to obtain another degree, graduating with a BSEE from California State Fullerton University 1984. His career then began at Boeing Company as a Sr. Engineer until 1991. Following this he ventured into several businesses of his own, finally settling comfortably as a franchisee of 7- Eleven, Inc.. He is married to Thuy K. Dang and has three children. He has been serving on the Vietnamese Community Council at St. Cecilia church for more than twenty years. In 2001, Father Timothy McCarthy, Pastor of St. Cecilia’s parish, sent him to the diaconate program. After four years of studying and spiritual formation, Bishop Tod Brown ordained him a deacon on April 30, 2005.
Deacon Rafael Romero
Mrs. Mary Alvarado, a native Californian, was educated in the Catholic scrhool system. She is a graduate of Sacred Heart School in Covina, St. Lucy’s Priory High School in Glendora, and Boston College in Massachusetts. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary and Special Education from Boston College and a Master’s Degree in Elementary Education from Cal Poly Pomona. Mrs. Alvarado was a teacher in Catholic schools for eighteen years before taking on administrative positions as Assistant Principal, Associate Principal, and Principal. She has worked in the Diocese of Orange since 1995 and became principal of St. Cecilia School in July 2006.
Bill Weeks – Business Manager
Telephone: 714-544-3250, Ext. 12
Telephone: 714-544-3250, Ext. 13
Kathy was born in Iowa, grew up in Anaheim and attended St. Boniface Parish until she moved with her family to Dana Point in 1967. She was one of the early members of St. Edward the Confessor Catholic Church and volunteered in many capacities while raising her children. Kathy has been working in accounting for 25 years, 12 years of which have been for the Diocese of Orange. She has served as the Assistant to the Business Manager at St. Cecilia Church for the past 6 years. Kathy is the proud Mother and Grandmother to 4 children (and 4 spouses) and 13 Grandchildren.
Rose Schiller – Office Manager & Coordinator of Spanish Children Faith Formation (Spa CFF)
Telephone: 714-544-3250, Ext. 26
I was born in Bogota, Colombia the third of 8 children. Moved to California in 1967. I went to school in the Costa Mesa area, also attended Orange Coast College. Worked for Mitsubishi Electronic in the Quality Control Department 1977-81 left and came back 1983 to 1989- worked in the Payroll Department. I married Andy a wonderful man and have two beautiful children. We moved to the Tustin area and have been blessed to work St. Cecilia since 1992.
Telephone: 714-544-3250, Ext. 10
I was born in New York City. I have lived in CA for over 35 years. I have 1 son. I lived in the South Bay area and south Orange County. I worked at St. James Catholic Church in Redondo Beach for 7 years. I worked at the Mission Basilica San Juan Capistrano for over 7 years. I have 2 dogs!
Dr. Alina Artemova – Music Ministry Director
Telephone: 714-544-3250, Ext. 18
Dr. Alina Artemova was born in Moscow, Russia, completed Ph.D. in Vocal Pedagogy at the University of Arts in Moscow, and holds Master of Music Degree from prestigious Tchaikovsky Conservatory of Music; where she studied conducting, voice, piano, and graduated with Honors, Magna Cum Laude. Alina has performed internationally in Europe and the United States, was featured as soprano soloist in many major orchestral productions, presented numerous solo recitals, conducted choirs, as well as sang or played piano, organ, harpsichord, keyboard with various ensembles.
Alina feels compelled to celebrate and share the beauty of music, with great quality and integrity. She has taught for over 20 years at various colleges and universities, including most recently, CSULB, UCI, GWC, and OCC. Many of her students have gone to successful careers in music and theater arts, singing with various companies around the world. She directs community and church choirs, conducts combined bi-lingual and tri-lingual (English, Spanish, Vietnamese) Choirs, serves as Soprano soloist, organist, pianist, works with the children, performs and lectures around the world, and teaches voice and piano at the college and in her private studio.
Prior to assuming the Director of Music Ministry position at St. Cecilia Church in January 2014, Alina directed tri-lingual Music Ministry at Blessed Sacrament parish, Westminster, CA. She is excited to be at St. Cecilia church and looking forward to a great ministry, inviting everyone who loves music and singing to join the choir!
Telephone: 714-544-3250, Ext. 27
Tim Reid is a passionate minister of his faith, which continues to grow due to the witness and interaction with hundreds of young Catholic men and women over the past several years. Having been born and raised in the Cleveland area of North Eastern Ohio, Tim journeyed to Chicago to pursue and develop a career as a musician, teacher, writer, and sound engineer.
Tim has travelled the country extensively, sharing his original music in 30 of the 50 US States and throughout England. He and his wife, Brooke, relocated to Seal Beach, CA in 2011, where Brooke opened a boutique with her mother while Tim built a recording studio in Santa Ana with his father-in-law. God had bigger plans, though, and soon after arriving in Seal Beach, Tim was also called to minister to teens and young adults in the Catholic Church. After 3 years of helping to build a still-growing Confirmation and Youth program at St. Anne’s in Seal Beach, his primary vocation and focus is centered in sharing his faith with others, specifically those young men and women who are in the process of forming their firm identities in their teen and young adult years.
Sr. Francesca T. Tuoi Tran, LHC – Director of Vietnamese Children Faith Formation (Viet CFF)
Telephone: 714-544-3250, Ext. 11
I am a member of the Lovers of the Holy Cross Sisters of Los Angeles since 1986 and this past summer 2014 marked my 25th Anniversary as a Vowed Religious in my Community. Thank God for choosing me – unworthy sinner to be His “vesselof grace” and my response is to have Him for life…J! I am the second child of nine siblings and the oldest girl in my family. We came to the USA in December 1975 with the first group of Vietnamese refugees called the “Boat People”. Thank God for our life here in America: the land full of milk and honey and freedom. I like to pray, eat, read, sleep and travel to holy places. I want to teach our young people about Jesus – God and their purpose in life and hoping one day they will come to know, to love and to serve Him. Faith formation for children and youth is one of my Community’s Charisms and we are sent out on this mission. I am looking forward to spread God’s Kingdom among our children and journeying with everyone here at St. Cecilia – my new “nest”of God’s Vineyard…J! May our Lord Jesus, Mother Mary, St. Joseph and St. Cecilia bless us and make us grow more deeply in love of God and one another.
Telephone: 714-544-3250, Ext. 10
I was born in Santa Ana, one of (5) children. Our family home was in North Tustin. I attended grade schools and Foothill High school in Tustin. In 1981, I came to St. Cecilia as a part-time worker in maintenance. I began working full-time the next year and have continued my employment in that department.