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Rev. John Neneman, Pastor

Ordained in 2000

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Fr. John Neneman graduated from St. John’s Seminary College in Camarillo with a double Major in Philosophy & English Literature. He completed his Theology Studies at Mt. Angel Seminary in St. Benedict, Oregon and was Ordained a Priest of the Diocese of Orange in June of 2000 by Bishop Tod Brown.

Father Neneman has served as Associate Pastor of the following parishes; Saint Justin Martyr in Anaheim, Saint Luke & Saint Joseph in Great Falls, Montana, Saint Angela Merici in Brea, Blessed Sacrament in Westminster.

Fr. John has also served as Director of Vocations for the Diocese of Orange, then Rector & Chaplain of Mater Dei High School, as well as serving at Christ Our Savior in Santa Ana.


Rev. Ven Amidar, Parochial Vicar

Ordained in 1978

I was born in Borongan City, Eastern Samar, in the Philippines in May of 1954 as Venancio Limbauan Amidar. where I studied and earned a Bachelor of the Arts Degree in Philosophy. I went to San Carlos Seminary College, Cebu City, Philippines and Pontifical University of Sto. Thomas, Manila, Philippines with a Bachelor’s degree in Sacred Theology. My post Graduate Studies at Pontifical University of St. Thomas, Rome, Italy. Degree – Licentiate in Philosophical Anthropology

Before coming to the US, I spent 26 years of ministry in my home diocese in the Philippines. Started as a Parochial Vicar and then as pastor in two parishes. Spent 13 years of teaching in the seminary. Was a rector of our high school seminary for three years, appointed Vice Rector of our regional college seminary. After my post graduate studies in Rome, my bishop gave me the gargantuan task of establishing our own college seminary. And I did – Our Lady of the Nativity College Seminary. I became its first Rector and Dean of Studies.

In 2006, I came to  the  Diocese of Orange in 2006. 2006 – 2013 – St. lrenaeus Church, Cypress 2013 –  2018 –  St. Justin Church, Anaheim, July 1, 2018 – March 4, 2019 – Holy Family Church, Seal Beach, March 4, 2019 – San Antonio de Padua, Anaheim


Deacon Doug Cook

Ordained in 1979

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Deacon Doug was ordained on May 12, 1979 for the Diocese of Orange and has been assigned to our parish ever since. As Deacon he has baptized over 1,200 children, witnessed over 200 marriages, directed our RCIA program, Confirmation program, and our Eucharistic Ministers. He founded and has helped run the Family Assistance program here at San Antonio Church since 1986. In September 2005 Deacon Doug was named as the Executive Director of the Orange County Cursillo. He has served on the Religious Education Board from 1980-1985 as well as the Diaconate Board from 1990–1999. He was Associate Director for the Deacons from 2001–July 2004 and served as the Chairman of the Deacon Personnel Board from 2001-2006. He also served as Master of Ceremony for Most Reverend Dominic Luong for Confirmations from 2004-2007.


Deacon Paul Amorino

Ordained in 2005

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Deacon Paul was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii. He earned a B.A. from Seattle University and an MPA from California State Fullerton. Paul married Arlene in 1969, served three years in the Army in Europe. After the service they moved to Orange County and raised two daughters (Lisa Amorino and Sara Wolf) and a son (Alex Amorino). Paul worked for the Rancho Santiago Community College District until his retirement in 2007. Paul was ordained a deacon on April 30, 2005. He has served in La Purisima Parish as a deacon for the past 10 years. Deacon Paul and Arlene are grandparents to five wonderful children.


Deacon Russ Millspaugh

Ordained in 2017

Deacon Russ was ordained on October 28, 2017 for the Diocese of Orange and has been assigned to San Antonio de Padua del Cañon. He was born in Orange County and was one of the first altar servers for San Antonio when the Church was started at El Rancho Junior High in 1977. When Deacon Russ was younger, he mowed Fr. Seamus’ lawn every weekend. He met Jody at St. Columban Catholic Church in Garden Grove and they were married in 1985. Deacon Russ and Jody started their married life at St. Cecilia in Tustin and then moved to Brea and became Youth Ministers at St. Angela Merici. With their 4 children, they moved back to San Antonio Church in 1999. Deacon Russ has been involved in Boy Scouts, Fiesta, Youth Ministry, Cursillo, and TMIY Men’s Group. He and Jody are now leading Marriage Formation for engaged couples and Marriage Enrichment for married couples. They are now grandparents to four wonderful children.

Deacon Russ is currently employed as a plumbing sales manager in Santa Ana. He enjoys spending time outdoors, hiking, camping, or just sitting near a lake with a pole in the water and a book in his hand.


Rev. Joseph M. Nettekoven, Pastor Emeritus

Ordained in 1975

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I grew up in Whittier, Ca. and went to Cal State University in Fullerton. I was in Berkeley for 5 years and then St. John’s in Camarillo for my seminary training. I was ordained in 1975 and was first assigned to the Navajo Reservation at St. Paul’s Mission in Crownpoint, New Mexico. I came to the Diocese of Orange at it’s inception in 1976 assigned to Our Lady of Fatima in San Clemente, then St. Polycarp in Stanton, St. Martin de Porres in Yorba Linda, St. Irenaeus in Cypress, and Holy Spirit in Fountain Valley. I was pastor at St. Justin Martyr in Anaheim for 18 years before coming to San Antonio de Padua. I have been so graced by so many ‘knocking’ at my door in all my experiences as a priest. It is my hope and prayer that we all may be open to the graced opportunities that God will present to us as we open the door to Him and each other here at San Antonio de Padua. God Bless you all. Fr. Joe


Rev. Seamus A. Glynn, Founding Pastor

Ordained in 1958

Father Seamus Glynn was born at Lisacul, in county Roscommon, Ireland. He was educated at Saint Nathy’s College, Ballaghaderreen, and at Saint Peter’s Seminary, Wexford. He was ordained a Priest for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles on June 8, 1958. He was assigned to the Los Angeles parishes of Our Lady of Loretto, Divine Saviour, Holy Spirit and Saint Alphonsus as well as Saint Cornelius in Long Beach and Saint Bonaventure in Huntington Beach. He was appointed pastor of San Antonio Parish on September 23, 1977 where he served until his retirement on June 30, 2008.