Our Beloved Staff

Father_Mario_Castañeda_IMG_09692Father Mario Castañeda, Pastor

 Father Mario was born in Colombia and studied at Pontifica University in Columbia with the Jesuits. He was ordained in the Stockton Diocese of California in June 5, 1995. Father Mario has been with the Palm Beach Diocese since 2002 serving in different levels as Parochial Vicar at Our Lady of Lourdes in Boca Raton, then as Episcopal Secretary to then Bishop Sean O’Malley, Associate Pastor at St. Rita’s in Wellington and now as Pastor for St. John Fisher since 2009. He is also serves as the spiritual director of a preaching ministry called “Tu Palabra Hoy” (Your Word Today) that seeks to bring the Word of God to the world.

Father Mario’s personal website: http://tupalabrahoy.org/   Homilies in Facebook (tupalabrahoy)   Youtube (tupalabrahoy)

 

_Father_MarcoReverend Marco De Leon, Parochial Vicar

Fr. Marco Tulio De Leon Valiente. Born on June, 23rd, 1955. Number seven of a family of twelve. Grew in Providencia, Suchitepequez, the south part of Guatemala. Graduated of grammar school, from Our Lady of Perpetual Help School, in Mazatenango Suchitepequez. of Basico; from Colegio de Los Hermanos Maristas, Saint John Baptista of La Salle, in Guatemala Antigua Sacatepequez. Mecanography (also graduated as secretary-Typerwriter: in Antigua Guatemala. Bachillerato, from Colegio Privado Jose Simen Canas, Chimaltenango. Profesor in Philosophy en ensenanza Media at Francisco Marroquin University in Guatemala City. I have done religious theology and pastoral at Pontifical Urbaniana, University at Bogota, Colombia and Centro de Estudios Religiosos de Colombia.
Trinitarian Seminary Student at Bogota; Graduated in Florida with a Masters in Sacred Theology at Saint Vincent de Paul, Regional Seminary of Florida. Ordained to the sacred priesthood on May, 2001; for the Diocese of Palm Beach Florida.

Deacon_Ira_IMG_0257Ira Sawney, Deacon

Deacon Ira was born in Grenada December 7th, 1939. He attended St. Andrew’s Catholic School (Grenada), the Grenada Teachers’ College, University of Leeds School of Education (U.K.), Edinburch University Community Education (U.K.) and Mount St. Benedict Seminary (Trinidad). In 1964 Deacon Ira married Leslyn Pursoo and together they had 5 children. May 25, 1975 Deacon Ira became ordained. He served at Holy Cross Church in Brooklyn, NY from 1980-1989. In 1989, he moved to Florida where he has since served at St. John Fisher. Deacon Ira is involved in Baptism Preparation and the St. Vincent de Paul Society. Activities Deacon Ira enjoys are gardening and volunteering for the Mounts Botanical Gardens.

 

Deacon_Miguel_IMG_0256Miguel Rodriguez, Deacon

Deacon Miguel Rodríguez was officially ordained in the Diocese of Bridgeport Connecticut by Bishop Walter W Curtis on June, 1980. He was born in Puerto Rico and is married to Monique Rodríguez and they have two children. He has served as a Deacon in the Diocese of Bridgeport, Archdiocese of San Juan PR, Archdiocese of Miami, and Diocese of St Augustine. He has received faculties from the Diocese of Palm Beach to serve at St John Fisher Parish.