“For I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans for your welfare and not for harm, plans to give you a future full of hope.”
— Jeremiah 29:11
Father is the senior pastor at St. Philip the Apostle. He has a unique history working with youth as a former teacher and coach, as well as being a priest. He is passionate about people and has a pastor’s heart, caring sincerely about nurturing faith and bringing joy to others. Fr. Tony’s vision is to form a catholic community that not only attracts young adults, but also brings them into a deeper sense of meaning and purpose in their lives. He loves to work as part of a team. He is enthusiastic about helping others discover their gifts, and encouraging them to shine for the glory of God. More than anything, he looks forward to the opportunity of simply spending time with the Newman community. But watch out – he is a practical jokester and will take any student on as the defending champion of “slap” (follow us on Instagram to see him in action).
Fr. John Hopkins entered the religious congregation of the Legionaries of Christ in 1979. In 1991, he was ordained a priest by Saint John Paul II. He served five years as in major fundraising and Regnum Christi in the Washington, DC, area and was helped in the founding of Our Lady of Bethesda Retreat Center and Center for Family Development at that time. Later he was transferred to Atlanta, GA to found Legionary apostolates in that state. After completing a sabbatical of study in Rome and receiving his licentiate degree in Moral Theology in 2004, he returned to the DC area and was appointed President of the Institute for the psychological Sciences and the president of Our Lady of Bethesda. He has worked many years as section director for the men and women sections as well as RC Director. He has a heart for forming and equipping students to become strong men and women of faith and will be highly involved in life here at Newman, from celebrating the College and young adult mass on Sundays at 6pm, to giving formation talks as well as offering Spiritual Direction for students.
Fr. Nicholas Sheehy grew up as the oldest of eight children in a loving Catholic family in San Diego. Convinced of a priestly vocation from a young age, he joined the Legionaries of Christ in 1999, after finishing High School. His path to the priesthood led him to Germany, Italy and the United States, and he began his priestly ministry in El Salvador after ordination in 2013. The Eucharistic Celebration is his high point every day.
He loves Jesus and is passionate about forming people in the faith. He serves currently at the Divine Mercy Clinic and Family Center, focusing on spiritual direction, retreats, and marriage counseling. He also gives spiritual guidance to young adults at the Newman Center of Pasadena at St. Philip’s Church. He provides resources for spiritual growth at www.fathernicholas.com.
Krista serves as Newman Center Pasadena’s Campus Minister. Though she is a native to the Los Angeles area and was born in the valley, she was raised in South Louisiana and can’t wait to share her Cajun joie de vivre. She is an alumna of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette (B.A. in Public Relations) and Divine Mercy University (M.S. in Psychology). Her previous work as a speaker, activist, and artist includes youth, young adult, and music ministry, pro-life and human rights advocacy, and nonprofit and digital communications. She looks forward to serving the NCP community and sharing the magnanimous joy of the Gospel with students and young adults! In her free time she enjoys hosting parties, the performing arts, and visiting with loved ones. She has played many roles, but her favorites are ninang, sister, daughter, and friend.
Jerome Resurreccion serves as Campus Minister at #NewmanPasadena. He completed his undergraduate studies at Loyola Marymount University and has been in Catholic ministry for over a decade. After having a personal encounter with God and experiencing the reality of Jesus in the Eucharist, Jerome served as a confirmation catechist and volunteer at his home parish. Upon graduating from college, he served at young adult retreats and in teaching ministries with St. Elizabeth Ann Seton in Hacienda Heights, St. Denis in Diamond Bar, FLOCK in Orange County, and Stone to Flesh in Pasadena. Throughout his ministry, he primarily shared personal stories of faith, accompanied young people, and taught on prayer. His favorite topics are Divine Mercy, Marian Consecration, hearing from God, the supernatural gifts of the Holy Spirit, the intercession of the Saints, and Mystical Union.
Outside of ministry, Jerome worked as a coordinator for adult disability services and as an ABA behavioral interventionist. Currently, he is in school at Divine Mercy University to become a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC) and hopes to be a licensed mental health therapist by Fall 2023!
Fun fact: Jerome loves to watch movies for Lectio Divina (i.e. The Matrix, The Dark Knight, Interstellar, The Quiet Place, Finding Nemo, Encanto).
Franco Watts grew up in a household of eight in Murrieta, California. He and graduated from Cal State Fullerton with an undergraduate degree in Cinema and Television Arts. He had a profound encounter with Christ before attending college which moved him to pursue a relationship with Jesus during his undergrad years. After years of growing in his faith alone, Franco encountered FOCUS missionaries who invited him into their lives, and eventually he joined the mission of FOCUS. He has served as a FOCUS Missionary at UC Berkeley, the University of Missouri, and Cal State Long Beach. He enters into his 5th year with FOCUS this year, serving part-time here alongside serving other students online who are on campuses that do not have FOCUS missionaries present.
“Missionaries brought me the virtue of hope in my college years. They showed me the profound joy and fulfillment that Christ brings to our lives. Now, as a missionary myself, my greatest desire is to bring this same hope, joy, and fulfillment in Christ to all of the students I encounter. In Jesus's ministry on earth, He humbled Himself to meet us on our level, taking on our humanity. He spent most of His time investing deeply in the people He encountered. I look to Jesus’ own example to find the best method of reaching the world as I strive to reach out to, invest in, and equip college students myself.”
“After moving from my home state of West Virginia, I served for three years at Boise State University and two years as the Team Director at the University of Southern California. I am excited to now be working in my first year as a Digital Outreach Missionary and to specifically be working with Pasadena City College and Cal Tech! Please pray for my team and me as we live the adventure and trust The Way!”