ST. JOHN’S … a parish history …
Inglewood’s first Catholic family, that of Antonio Yanacio Avila, moved to this area in 1826 and built a ranch home near the springs in what is now Centinela Park. However, organized Catholic life in the community did not begin nearly a century later… See More
About the Priests
A native of Havana, Cuba, Father Gonzalez has lived in Los Angeles since 1971. He attended public schools and later Catholic schools, graduating from Pater Noster High School in 1981. He holds Bachelor of Arts degrees in Philosophy and Spanish Studies along with a Master’s Degree in Divinity from St. John’s Seminary. He was ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles at St. Vibiana’s Cathedral in 1994. He has served as an Associate Pastor at St. Mary Magdalen Church in Camarillo, St. Andrew’s Church in Pasadena and Holy Family Church in Glendale prior to his assignment to St. John Chrysostom’s in 2007.
Prior to his theological training he worked in the banking, healthcare and insurance industries. His ministerial training includes elder care, work with the developmentally disabled, education of elementary, junior high and high school students, youth and adult detention ministry and hospital ministry.
In addition to his current duties as Pastor he has served as Spiritual Advisor to the Catholic Association of Latino Leaders in Los Angeles, Board member to the California Association of Natural Family Planning and is currently Treasurer for the Confraternity of Catholic Clergy as well as spiritual director to the Agrupacion Catolica Caridad del Cobre for the Cuban community in Los Angeles. Additionally, he has been active in Catholic Engaged Encounter since 1999 serving on the National Board for the past 3 years. He was recently elected to be the Priest Member of their National Executive Team.
Father is a Fourth Degree member of the Knights of Columbus and has been honored as a Knight Commander in the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre and Senior Chaplain in the Military and Hospitaller Order of St. Lazarus of Jerusalem.
He grew up in Westchester and graduated from St. Jerome School and St. Bernard High School. He completed a double-major in Philosophy and Latin at UCLA and has earned three master’s degrees: one in Philosophy and another in Theology from the Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology in Berkeley, and one in Divinity from St. John’s Seminary in Camarillo.
Before entering St. John, he was a religious Brother in the Order of Preachers (Dominicans) for seven years. During his years of priestly formation, Father Garcias has had the opportunity to live and work in Oakland and San Francisco, Las Vegas, Washington DC, Seattle, Lincoln, and Baltimore. In 2014, he visited Tanzania in East Africa as a Global Fellow with Catholic Relief Services.
He was ordained a deacon by Archbishop Gomez on August 15, 2015 and received his Ordination to the Priesthood for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles on June 4, 2016. His first assignment as a priest is here at St. John Chrysostom where he began on July 1, 2016.
Yanet Velazquez Ext. 118
Carmen Romo Ext. 119
Noemi Baron Ext. 120
Joshua Beckett Ext. 110
Miguel Tornes Ext. 110
Diego De la Torre Ext. 110
Cristian Ruiz Ext. 110