Fr. Pat Rudolph
Fr. Pat Rudolph was born April 2, 1959 at Camp Pendleton, California, the fifth of six children of Philip and Pauline Rudolph. He has four sisters and one brother. His mother, Pauline, passed away in 2007. His father lives in Tustin. Fr. Pat grew up in a Marine family. He attended five different elementary schools and two high schools. Fr. Pat graduated from University High School in Irvine in 1977, and from Cal State Fullerton in 1981.
In 1982, Fr. Pat entered St. John’s Seminary and was ordained a priest in 1988. His parish assignments include: Our Lady of Guadalupe, La Habra (1988 – 1992); St. Justin Martyr, Anaheim (1992 – 1995); and Holy Family Cathedral, Orange (1995 – 2000) In 2000, Bishop Brown asked Fr. Pat to be “on loan” to the Diocese of Las Vegas where he served the Parishes of St. Joseph, Husband of Mary and St. Peter the Apostle. In 2003, Fr. Pat was appointed Pastor of St. Irenaeus in Cypress. And, now in 2009, Bishop Brown has asked Fr. Pat to serve as pastor of St. Norbert’s in Orange. God has richly blessed him with this opportunity and Fr. Pat asks for your prayers as he journeys together with the parish community of St. Norbert.
Fr. Agustín Escobar
Fr. Agustín Escobar was born in Medellin, Colombia, on April 18, 1954. He is the youngest of eighteen children; his holy parents passed away when they were just fifty-seven years old. Of the eighteen siblings, four are priests and two are nuns. Fr Agustín studied Philosophy in Navarra, Spain for two years and Theology in Colombia. He has been serving in the Diocese of Orange since 1996. Father says he is very quiet and loves silence, although he enjoys watching and playing soccer and other sports. In his quiet time he enjoys reading the Bible and books about Buddhism and eastern wisdom. Three years ago in India, he found the treasure of meditation, a great support for his personal and priestly life, and for all those in search of a deeper experience of God in their lives. Fr. Agustín is very grateful to Fr. Pat and Fr. Benedict and to the community of Saint Norbert for welcoming him with such kindly fraternity which makes this parish a piece of heaven in Orange County.
Fr. John Duy Nguyen
Fr. John Duy Nguyen was born in Saigon, Vietnam on December 31, 1967. He is the second of four children in his family, having two sisters and a brother. He graduated from Marie Curie High School in Saigon in 1984. Fr. John and his family came to the U.S. in 1992. Following years of work, studies and an active parish life, Fr. John experienced the call of the Holy Spirit. Fr. John’s discernment and initial vocation studies were with the Vincentian Fathers at St. John’s Seminary starting in 2005. Subsequently, he studied for the Diocese of Orange, attending St. Patrick’s Seminary in Menlo Park beginning in 2008. In 2010, he completed the philosophy program at St. Patrick’s Seminary and continued theological studies. Fr. John was sent to St. Norbert Parish for his pastoral year from September 2011 to July 2012. He was ordained a deacon in July 2013 and served at St. Frances Cabrini Church in San Jose, California during his fourth year of formation. Fr. John was ordained to the priesthood in June 2014. Fr. John is very happy to come back to St. Norbert for his first parish assignment and says, “This is a great community where I can continue to grow in my prayer life, intellectual development, humanity, and pastoral care as we make our spiritual journey together.”
Fr. Antonio Zapata
Retired, In Residence
Fr. Antonio Zapata is a native of Colombia. He was ordained to the priesthood in 1968 in Rome, Italy. Fr. Antonio was incardinated in the Diocese of Orange by Bishop MacFarland in 1991 and has ministered mostly in Spanish. His assignments have included Our Lady of Guadalupe in La Habra, St. Justin Martyr in Anaheim, St. Barbara in Santa Ana, La Purisma in Orange, and most recently St. Vincent de Paul in Huntington Beach. Fr. Antonio retired in July 2010 and is residing here at St. Norbert Parish.
Deacon David Blake
Born in Minnesota, Deacon David Blake lived in Iowa, Texas and three cities in Minnesota. He attended Sacred Heart Mission Seminary for his 9th grade year and graduated high school in 1970. He entered the US Army where he served three years as a Russian Interpreter assigned to three different bases in Germany. After his discharge from the Army, Dave lived in Queens, New York for a couple years and in 1976 enlisted in the Navy as an Electronics Warfare Technician. He retired from the Navy in 1994 and returned to Minnesota with his wife, Shirley and their five children. Deacon Dave was ordained a permanent deacon in the Diocese of Winona on August 22, 2009, the feast of the Queenship of Mary. His class was dedicated to the Blessed Mother. God's calling steered him to working in a Federal Prison for women and the county jail. After eighteen years in Minnesota the Blakes returned to California, his wife's home state, due to health reasons brought on by the cold weather. He continues his ministry to the incarcerated here in Santa Ana jails. Dave and Shirley are very happy to be here and to serve the parish of St. Norbert.
You have been created for the glory of God and for your own eternal salvation: this is your end, this is the object of your soul and the treasure of your heart. ~St. Robert Bellarmine
Deacon Joe Esparza is a fifth generation Californian born and raised in Orange County. He attended Catholic elementary schools and graduated from Holy Family School, Orange High School and Claremont McKenna College with a degree in History.
Deacon Joe and his wife, Barbara, have one son Damian, who lives in San Diego.
Deacon Joe was ordained in the Diocese of Orange in 1999. His first assignment was Holy Family Cathedral, serving in the ministries of Baptism Coordinator, Funeral Vigils, Preaching, Marriages and various Sunday and Pontifical Liturgies with Bishop Brown.
He is thankful that his new assignment has been to St. Norbert’s and looks forward to meeting and serving the parish community.
Deacon Juan Espinoza was born and raised in Aguacalientes, México, the oldest of seven brothers and sisters. He came to the United States in 1970 and settled in Los Angeles. He married his childhood sweetheart, Maria Luisa, a few years later in 1973. They have four children and five grandchildren. They moved to Orange to be closer to his employer, Hamilton Material Co. Deacon Espinoza was ordained in 1999. He enjoys reading, computers and watching sports. His current goal is to obtain a bachelor's degree to better serve the parish community and the Diocese of Orange.
Deacon Juan and Maria Luisa have been members of La Purisima Parish since 1984 where the entire family has served in a variety of ministries. Now we are blessed that Bishop Brown has assigned Deacon Juan to serve here at St. Norbert Church.