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"You did not choose me, but I chose you, and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should abide..." (cf. Jn. 15:16)

 

 

 

Mr. Dario Rinaldi (3rd Theology, Saint Patrick's Seminary)

Dario Rinaldi was born in 1993 in Eugene, Oregon, to Steven and Laurie Rinaldi.  He is the oldest child, with one younger brother, Victor, who was born two years after him.  At the age of seven, Dario and his family moved to the island of Maui, Hawaii, at which they became active members of St. Joseph Parish, Makawao, where Dario and his brother were also enrolled in the parish school, largely run by the Dominican Sisters of the Most Holy Rosary.  After graduating from St. Jospeh Grade School, Dario entered in the Marionist-run St. Anthony Junior/Senior High School.

After high school, Dario became a seminarian for the Diocese of Honolulu.  He graduated from Mount Angel Seminary with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Philosophy (2015), and is currently in his third year of theological studies at Saint Patrick's Seminary, Menlo Park, CA.

 

 

 

Mr. Ese'ese (Ace) Tui (Theology IV)

Ace was born in 1984 on the island of American Samoa to Siamani Kelemete (father) and Miriama Aumaivao-Tui (mother), and has three brothers and a sister. His father passed away in 2001, after which his mother was devoted to raising Ace and her other children in the Catholic faith. As a family, they would gather together daily at 6 p.m. to pray Evening Prayer and the Rosary, with Ace's mother leading, and the children taking turns praying a decade.

Growing up in American Samoa, Ace was part of the choir, an altar server, and served in the parish youth group at St. Theresa of the Child Jesus Catholic Church in Faga’alu, also serving at St. Jospeh the Worker Parish in Fagatogo. After moving to Hawaii in 2006, Ace became an active parishioner of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church, Ewa Beach, Oahu. He became a seminarian for the Diocese of Honolulu in 2012, and received his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Philosophy and Religious Studies from Mount Angel, Oregon in 2016.

Currently, Ace is going on his last year of formation/studies at St. Patrick's Seminary in Menlo Park, CA. His ordination to the diaconate is pending due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

 

Mr. Kurt Meyer (Theology II, Saint Patrick's Seminary, Menlo Park)

Kurt Meyer was born in Honolulu, Hawaii, to Frederick and Rebeca Meyer. He has an older brother, two older sisters and a younger brother. Kurt is a long-time parishioner from St. Philomena, located in Salt Lake, Oahu. He is an alumnus of Radford High School and graduated from the University of Hawaii at Manoa with a Bachelor of Business Administration Degree in Accounting and a Master of Business Administration degree..

Kurt worked in the business world for several years before entering St. Patrick Seminary in Menlo Park, California, in 2017. He will be entering Theology II, in the 2020 academic year.

 

 

 

 

 

Mr. Preston-Jay Castro (1st Theology, St. Patrick's Seminary, Menlo Park)

Preston Castro comes from St. Joseph Parish, Waipahu, and was raised by his grandparents, Roland and Edith Pascua, after his mother's passing.  Preston has two younger sisters, a nephew and niece.

Before becoming a seminarian for the Diocese of Honolulu, Preston was studying to become an elementary teacher.  However, because of a promise he had made to his late mother to fulfill her dreams of him becoming a paramedic, he experienced a renewal in his faith, which eventually put him on the path to becoming a "paramedic" of souls, through the ministry of sacraments.

Preston graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Philosophy from Mount Angel Seminary, Oregon (2018), and is currently in his first year of theological studies at St. Patrick's Seminary, Menlo Park, CA.

 

 

 

Mr. Kevin Clark (1st Theology, St. Patrick's Seminay, Menlo Park)

Kevin Clark comes from Buffalo, NY, and is an alumnus of Princess Anne High School, Virginia Beach.  He served in the U.S. Navy as an Electronic Technician, after which he retired in order to become a seminarian for the Diocese of Honolulu, entering seminary formation in 2014.  He is a parishioner of St. Rita Church, Nanakuli.

He graduated from Mt. Angel Seminary, Oregon, with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in three majors: Philosophy, Religious Studies, and Literature (2018), and is currently a 1st year theologian at St. Patrick's Seminary, Menlo Park, CA.

 

 

 

 

Mr. Arrion Rosales-Llantos (1st Theology, St. Patrick's Seminary, Menlo Park)

Arrion Rosales-Llantos comes from Kailua-Kona, Hawaii and is an alumnus of Kealakehe High School (class of 2013).  He pursued studies in the area of Criminal Justice at the University of Hawaii, Hilo, for two years prior to beginning priestly formation as a seminarian for the Diocese of Honolulu.

He is a graduate of Mt. Angel Seminary, Oregon, having received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Philosophy (2018), and is currently in his first year of theological studies at St. Patrick's Seminary, Menlo Park, CA.

 

 

 

 

 

Mr. Taylor Mitchell (College II, Mount Angel Seminary, Oregon)

Taylor Mitchell was born in Honolulu, HI, to Wayne and Glenda Mitchell.  He is a parishioner of St. John Apostle and Evangelist Parish, Mililani and entered into priestly formation as a seminarian for the Diocese of Honolulu in 2018.

Currently, he is in College II pursuing a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Philosophy at Mt. Angel Seminary, Oregon.

 

 

 

 

Mr. Lawrence Denis III (2nd Pre-Theology, Saint Patrick's Seminary, Menlo Park)

Lawrence Denis III comes from Waikoloa, Hawaii although he was born and raised in Hilo. His parish is Annunciation in Kamuela. He attended St. Joseph School in Hilo from Kindergarten through his Senior Year. He attended Hawaii Community College and is a graduate of the University of Hawaii at Hilo where he majored in Political Science, and then got his teaching certificate in elementary education. He later went back for his Masters in Education. He taught at public schools in both Hilo and Waikoloa for a total of 15 years before entering the seminary.

He enjoys spending time with his parents, sister, as well as his family and friends.

 

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