Santiago de Compostela cLergy
Priests, following the Rite of Ordination, seek to lead God’s People in Love, nourish them by the Word and strengthen them through the Sacraments. Currently, Santiago de Compostela is served by two diocesan priests, Fr. Thomas Naval and Fr. Stephen Lesniewski, who live in the rectory at the parish. Norbertine Fathers, such as Fr. Gregory Dick,  from nearby Saint Michael’s Abbey also preside at Sunday liturgy.
In October, 2015, Santiago was blessed with the addition of two newly ordained Deacons; Deacon Dan Diesel and Deacon Humberto Ramirez. Deacon Dan and his wife Allison, and Deacon Humberto and his wife Julia, are also parishioners of Santiago de Compostela.

My name is Fr. Thomas Paul David Karaniwan Naval, youngest of three children born to Pacifico and Alita Naval. I was born April, 1965 in Manila, Philippines. I grew up in the Philippines and had my seminary formation there as well. At the moment, I am a member of the Religious Community of the Alagad ni Maria (Philippine Disciples of Mary). I was ordained on November 25, 1989 at the Shrine of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel in Quezon City, Philippines.

I have spent the first 17 years of my priesthood involved as one of the founding group of the A.M. Religious Community. I have been able to assume the following roles: Council Member, Formator – Director of (Aspirant, Postulant, Novice, Professed, Students of Theology), Treasurer-Economer, Pastoral-Apostolate Director, and Vocations Director. In short, I have been called to a life of service.

Here in the Diocese of Orange where I began my ministry in June of 2007. I have been assigned as Parochial Vicar of St. Justin Martyr until June 2013 and then St. Irenaeus until May 5, 2014. It was a bittersweet moment for me but though painful we always have to follow where the Holy Spirit sends us.

I am looking forward to meeting most if not all of you as we journey together in faith, hope, and love. In all honesty I can say I may not be able to please all of you but I surely hope and pray that I learn to love you my parish family with the love of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph.


God bless and take care.

Love and prayers,

Fr. Thomas Paul K. Naval

Fr. Stephen Lesniewski

Dear Parishioners of Santiago de Compostela,


My name is Father Stephen Lesniewski. It is a great privilege and honor for me to be your new parochial vicar. I feel very blessed and excited about this new assignment. I am looking forward to meeting and getting to know all of you.

Let me tell you a little about myself: I was born and raised in Chicago the fourth of seven children. I have four sisters and two brothers, all of whom are married with children. I have many nieces and nephews. My parents are both deceased. My grandparents were from Poland. I do not speak very much Polish, but I do speak Spanish. ­­­

It is with sadness that I am leaving my family and friends in Chicago, but at the same time, I am hopeful that I can adopt you as my new family and you will adopt me as a part of your family here at Santiago de Compostela.

I am grateful that God’s providence has brought me to Orange County due to my health. It is my hope that this climate will help alleviate some of the difficulties I have had with my asthma and have a beneficial effect so that I will be more useful to God in serving his people.

I have been a priest for twenty-four years. It is a challenge and an incredible blessing. I love being a priest. It brings great joy into my life knowing that God has called me to serve his people and to share with them the great love and mercy he has for each one of us.

It is my hope that I will be able to share with you the love and faith God has given to me especially regarding Jesus’s presence in the Holy Eucharist and the great love Mary has for us, ­­­her spiritual children.

I am sure all of you will be a blessing in my life. The deep Christian faith, good example, and Christ-like love that you have in your lives will increase the love and faith in my own life.

I ask for your prayers. Please pray that I will do a very good job in serving you and that I will be a good holy example to all of you. I promise to pray for you every day in front of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament and in my daily Mass and Rosary.

May God bless you always,

Father Stephen

Deacon Dan Diesel has been a member of Santiago de Compostela since it was founded in 1979. In the 1980’s he served as the Parish Organist and directed two choirs. After that Dan was involved in coordinating Sunday Morning Pre-school and he established Children’s Liturgy of the Word. Dan has also been involved in various other ministries throughout his years of service.
    Dan and his wife Allison live in Mission Viejo. They have four adult children and one grandchild. He earned a Bachelor Science degree in Business Administration, and Dan is currently the Chief Information Officer and Vice President of Business Strategy for a group of companies headquartered in Lake Forest.
    Dan was called to the Diaconate in 2010 and was ordained in 2015. Diaconate is a call to service. He ministers in the community in various ways, including Musick jail and Freedom Village Retirement Home. Dan also helps coordinate the parish Liturgical Committee. Deacons are also called to serve in specific liturgical roles including presiding at Baptisms, witnessing marriages, assisting during funeral rites, and serving on the Altar during Mass. Deacon Dan hopes to continue to grow and serve the members of the Santiago de Compostela community.

Deacon Humberto Ramirez and his wife Julia have been members of Santiago de Compostela for the past eight years. They have three children; two girls and one boy, and four grandsons. 
     Deacon Humberto owns and operates a Landscaping company. In fact, it is his company that maintains the grounds here at the parish, as well as a few other churches.
     Deacon Humberto and Julia have coordinated  the Cristo Rey prayer group at Santiago, as well as been involved with Desafio. He is with the Detention Ministry and ministers to  the inmates at the Musick jail facility, and tends to patients at Freedom Village Retirement Home. Over the past thirty years he and Julia have been involved in many different ministries. They are currently associates at the Loyola Institute.
     When Humberto was forty three years old, he was approached by a priest at San Francisco Solano about joining the Deaconate. Still having small children at home, it was not the right time for his family, but a seed was planted. Several years later, while  putting on a retreat for deacons through the Loyola Institute, Humberto met Deacon Frank Chavez who’s invitation to join the Deaconate was much like an Uncle Sam poster. Deacon Chavez pointed at Humberto and said, “I Want You”! But still, it was not the right time. Third time was the charm; Fr. Bill Barman approached Humberto and asked him to consider joining the Deaconate, and so he did.
     Although San Francisco Solano really wanted his first assignment to be their parish, Deacon Humberto  wants to continue to serve the Hispanic community of Santiago, his home parish.

El Diácono Humberto Ramírez y su esposa Julia han sido feligreses de Santiago de Compostela durante los últimos ocho años. Ellos tienen tres hijos adultos; dos mujeres, un hombre y cuatro nietos.
     El Diácono Humberto es dueño de una empresa de jardinería y en la actualidad mantiene los jardines aquí en nuestra parroquia, así como en algunas otras iglesias.
     El Diácono Humberto y Julia han coordinado el grupo de oración de Cristo Rey, así como han estado involucrados con el grupo de Desafío. Él actualmente trabaja como voluntario en el Ministerio para los reclusos en las instalaciones de la cárcel Musick , y colaboran con pacientes de Freedom pueblo casa de retiro. Durante los últimos treinta años, él y Julia han participado en muchos ministerios Diocesanos. Actualmente se encuentran ayudando en varias áreas con el Instituto del Loyola.
     La vida de Humberto hacia el diaconado, empezó cuando él tenía cuarenta y tres años y un sacerdote en la iglesia de San Francisco Solano lo invito a participar al Diaconado y le pregunto: ¿Todavía tiene niños pequeños en casa? pero aún no era el momento adecuado para él y su familia. Años después, Humberto se reunió con el Diácono Frank Chávez quién lo invito a unirse al Diaconado y señalándolo le dijo: "Yo quiero que tu participes” pero aun así, no era el momento adecuado para Humberto. La tercera vez fue la vencida; el Padre Bill Barman le pidió a Humberto que fuera participe miembro del Diaconado y el con alegría logro aceptar.
     Aunque la iglesia de San Francisco Solano realmente quería que Humberto fuera el diacono de allí, el prefirió servir a la comunidad hispana de Santiago, su parroquia natal.