meet our staff



Reverend Jerome T. Karcher

Father Karcher was born and raised in Anaheim, California, as one of the twelve children of Carl and Margaret Karcher. He was baptized at Saint Boniface Church in Anaheim, California and attended the parish school for eight years. He then attended Mater Dei High School for one year and was graduated from Servite High School in Anaheim.

Having attended the University of San Diego and Gonzaga University in Florence, Italy, he was graduated from Loyola University of Los Angeles, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology. He has also received a degree in Philosophy from the Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology at the Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley, California, where he also studied theology. Theological studies were completed at Saint John’s Seminary in Camarillo, California, where a Master of Arts degree in Theology was granted.

On February 12, 1983 Father Karcher was ordained to the priesthood by Bishop William Johnson for the service of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange, California.

He has served at St. Norbert Church in Orange, St. Anne Church in Santa Ana and St. Joachim Church in Costa Mesa, and is presently the pastor at St. Vincent de Paul Church in Huntington Beach, California since July 1, 1995.

Fr. Jerome is the founder and Chairman of the Board of Mercy House Living Centers which serves and houses homeless men, women and children in Orange County at its various facilities.

For more information on Mercy House, please click on the link below:

Father Jerome’s contact information:

or call 714-842-3000 ext.104



Father Gaston Mendiola Arroyo

Father Gaston Mendiola Arroyo was born in 1983 in the state of Veracruz, Mexico. He was raised in the Jehovah’s Witness tradition but decided to enter the Catholic Church when he was 16 years old after profound biblical and doctrinal study. Seeking to follow Christ more deeply, Arroyo entered the seminary in his home town. Unfortunately, this was short lived as his family moved to Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua seeking work to support the family. Later, Father Gaston Mendiola Arroyo joined a group of missionaries dedicated to the rehabilitation of people with drug addiction where he served for two years. He then entered the seminary in Mexicali in Baja California, completing six years of study. Bishop Vann invited  Father Gaston to serve the Diocese of Orange in support of the large and growing Hispanic population. He finished two years of study in theology at the Seminario Hispano de Santa María de Guadalupe in Mexico City. Fr. Gaston was ordained to the priesthood on June 9, 2018 and has been assigned to Saint Vincent de Paul Church.

Father Gaston’s contact information:

or call 714-842-3000 ext.103



Deacon Gerard Wallace
Deacon Jerry was born in Los Angeles and raised in Anaheim.  He is among the first families of Saint Justin Martyr parish.  He attended grade school at Saint Justin Martyr and high school at Servite High School in Anaheim.   He graduated with a BA in business management from Cal State Fullerton.  He is retired from the corporate world and collaborates in various parish ministries as well as Detention Ministry for the Orange County jails and visits patients at UCI hospital.Deacon Jerry and his wife, Cathryn, moved to Huntington Beach in 2002 and joined St. Vincent de Paul Church.  He was ordained a Deacon for the Diocese of Orange by Bishop Tod Brown on May 21, 2011 and was assigned to serve at Saint Vincent de Paul Church.Deacon Jerry’s contact information:  or call 714-842-3000 ext. 124




Deacon Angelo Giambrone
Deacon Angelo was ordained in October 2015 from the Diocese of Orange. He and his wonderful wife Cindy have been members of St. Vincent de Paul Church for many years. They and their 3 children have been active members and participate in the life of the parish.




Parish Staff

Elsa Lusk
Parish Manager
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714-842-3000 ext. 101
Rose Antognoli
Director of Faith Formation-English
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714-842-3000 ext. 117
Rose Clarke
Finance Manager
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714-842-3000 ext. 118
Magaly Bernal
Directora de Formación en la Fé
Ministerio Hispano
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714-842-3000 ext. 116
Maria Zamora
Secretary/Office Manager
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714-842-3000 ext. 100
Eluit Sanchez
Administrative Assistant to
Office of Faith Formation
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714-842-3000 ext. 114
Patty Ledezma
Director of Parish Life
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714-842-3000 ext. 115
RG Garcia
High School Ministries
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714-842-3000 ext. 119
Mark Hulick
Maintenance Supervisor
714-842-3000 ext. 126
Grant Sevdayan
Choir Director
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 Mary Kay Lamarre
Coordinator for Liturgy & Christian
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714-842-3000 ext. 123