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.