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,