The Archdiocese of Portland has announced 2021 new assignments for 13 priests and two transitional deacons who will be ordained priests in the coming weeks. The reassignments listed below are effective July 1 unless noted otherwise. More reassignments are expected in the near future.

Father Mariano Escano

Current assignment: pastor, Sacred Heart in Tillamook and St. Joseph in Cloverdale; administrator, St. Mary by the Sea in Rockaway Beach

New assignment: pastor, Our Lady of Perpetual Help (St. Mary’s) in Albany

Two years after being ordained, Father Escano told the Sentinel that he is grateful for how people allow him into their lives.

Born in 1974 in Quezon City, Philippines, he graduated from the University of the Philippines in 1998, having earned a degree in economics.

He entered the Divine Word Seminary in The Philippines in 1998, and graduated with a master’s degree in pastoral ministry in 2006. He entered Mount Angel Seminary that fall and completed a master of divinity degree in 2008.

He was ordained in 2009. His first priestly assignment was as parochial vicar at St. Mary in Eugene.

In 2011, he was named administrator of St. Helen in Junction City and St. Rose of Lima in Monroe. In 2014, he became pastor of Our Lady of the Mountain in Ashland, where he immediately held listening sessions with parishioners.

A year ago, he was assigned to Tillamook, Cloverdale and Rockaway Beach.

Father Escano serves on the college of consultors for the archdiocese.

Msgr. Gerard O’Connor

Previous assignment: director, Portland archdiocesan Office of Divine Worship

New assignment: rector, St. Mary Cathedral in Northwest Portland (effective Jan. 1, 2021), while continuing as director of Divine Worship Office

Msgr. O’Connor has diverse interests, including CrossFit workouts and applied physics. But the monsignor is most passionate about the Eucharist and the sacred liturgy — and helping others gain reverence and enthusiasm for both.

“We want everybody to be excited about liturgy, not just liturgy geeks,” he said during a 2019 training on the Archdiocesan Liturgical Handbook.

Msgr. O’Connor was born in Yorkshire, England, in 1964. He attended Kingston University in London, earning a bachelor’s in applied physics and a master’s in business administration.

He became a seminarian for the Diocese of Fall River, Massachusetts, in 1996 and was sent to Rome, where he earned a baccalaureate in sacred theology and a licentiate in sacred liturgy.

Ordained in 2000 by Cardinal Sean O’Malley, Msgr. O’Connor returned to Rome to work for the Holy See as an official of the Congregation for the Clergy. While there he obtained a doctorate in sacred liturgy from the Pontifical Athenaeum of St. Anselm.

Before being appointed director of the Portland archdiocesan Divine Worship Office in 2017, he served at several parishes in Massachusetts.

Father Tetzel Umingli

Current assignment: administrator, St. Paul Parish in Silverton

New assignment: pastor, St. Rita Parish in Northeast Portland

The day Father Umingli was to enter a seminary in the Philippines, his bus was delayed because of torrential rain and landslides. He didn’t arrive until 2 a.m. and found the seminary’s doors closed. Dogs barked at him.

“I sat on my luggage and prayed the rosary,” he told the Sentinel in 2016. “I held onto the promise of what the seminary held for me. I had made the resolve to enter and become a priest.”

That resolve endured, and on June 4, 2016, he was ordained a priest by Archbishop Alexander Sample at St. Mary Cathedral in Portland.

Father Umingli was born in 1988 in the Philippines. After high school, he studied nursing before entering seminary. In 2011, he came to Mount Angel Seminary, and his pastoral ministry training included assignments at St. Anthony in Tigard and at St. Mary in Albany.

He received clinical pastoral education at a New York hospital and participated in a Spanish immersion program in Mexico City.

Father Umingli’s first assignment was as parochial vicar at St. Anne in Grants Pass. He’s been administrator of St. Paul since 2018.

Father Amalraj Rayappan

Current assignment: judge, Archdiocese of Portland Tribunal

New assignment: administrator, Sacred Heart in Newport and Our Lady of Guadalupe Mission in Siletz, effective Feb. 24

Father Rayappan hails from the Diocese of Tuticorin, located in Tamil Nadu state in far southern India. He was born on June 19, 1972 and was ordained a priest on May 6, 1999. After serving two parishes as assistant pastor, he was appointed pastor of Holy Redeemer Parish at Nedungulam in the same diocese.

After completing doctoral studies in canon law at Urbaniana University in Rome, he served the Diocese of Tuticorin as chancellor and judicial vicar for five years. In August 2017 he became Instructing judge in the Tribunal of the Archdiocese of Portland. He frequently presided at Mass in the archdiocesan pastoral center.

“While thanking the archbishop for this reassignment, I find great joy in serving Sacred Heart Parish in Newport,” Father Rayappan said. “The community is very faithful and enthusiastic. It is so encouraging to see more people coming back to the church as the restrictions are being relaxed. I am sure I will be able to do a good ministry here with the grace of God.”

Father Scott Baier

Current assignment: parochial vicar, St. Anthony in Tigard

New assignment: administrator, St. Paul in St. Paul

Father Baier, who advanced in Spanish while at Mount Angel Seminary, has served the large Hispanic community in the Tualatin Valley for the past three years. When the pandemic started, he phoned parishioners at home to assure them of God’s love and to let them know what was happening at St. Anthony. He learned the importance of good communication.

Born in 1978 in Edmonds, Wash., he moved with family to the Portland area in 1983 and graduated from Columbia River High School in 1996. He went on to study at the University of Washington in Seattle, spending a year in St. Petersburg, Russia. He worked for Catholic Community Services, St. Luke Productions and Safeway.

He entered Mount Angel Seminary in 2008. Pastoral assignments included St. Philip Benizi in Redland and The Madeleine in Portland. He studied Spanish in Mexico and Costa Rica and went through chaplain training at Swedish Hospital in Seattle.

As a deacon he served at St. Alexander in Cornelius and St. Luke in Woodburn. In 2015, he was assigned to St. Luke not long after being ordained. In 2018, he was assigned to Tigard.

Father Hans Mueller

Current assignment: parochial vicar, Holy Trinity in Beaverton

New assignment: administrator, St. Juan Diego in Northwest Portland

At Holy Trinity, Father Mueller coached basketball and volleyball and served as on-court chaplain.

“Father Hans is about as friendly and fun as you can imagine a priest to be,” Ashley Sheridan, principal of Holy Trinity School, told the Sentinel in 2020. “He gives all of his attention to our students when he’s on campus, which is what kids love.”

Born in 1982 in Salem, he graduated from North Salem High in 1999 then earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Carnegie Mellon University.

He led retreats for youths in parishes around the western United States, then was youth minister at St. Anne in Grants Pass, working there until entering seminary in 2010.

He studied theology at the Pontifical North American College in Rome. Pastoral ministry training included Central Catholic High School in Southeast Portland and Regina Coeli Prison in Rome. He participated in an immersion with Catholic Relief Services in Bosnia and Herzegovina. He was deacon at St. Mary in Eugene in 2015 and was ordained a priest in 2017. His first priestly assignment was as parochial vicar at Ascension in Southeast Portland.

Father Angelo Te

Current assignment: guest priest, Our Lady of the Poor Parish in Taguig City in the Philippines

New assignment: administrator, Sacred Heart in Tillamook, St. Joseph Mission Cloverdale and St. Mary Star of the Sea in Rockaway

Father Te was born in 1977 in Kapatagan, Lanao del Norte, Philippines. He was born one of five children. He attended the University of San Carlos in Cebu City where he earned a degree in accounting in 1998. He studied philosophy at Ateneo de Manila University in the Philippines before coming to the United States. He earned a degree in theology at Mount Angel Seminary in Mount Angel. He was ordained a transitional deacon by a friend of his family, Archbishop Fernando Capalla, in the church where he was baptized, St. Francis Xavier in Kapatagan, Lanao del Norte, Philippines. He was ordained by Archbishop John Vlazny at St. Mary Cathedral in Portland June 4, 2011.

He has served at Christ the King in Milwaukie, St. Peter and St. Mark in Eugene and Sacred Heart in Medford. Most recently, he served as administrator at Our Lady of the Mountain in Ashland, and then at Ascension in Portland before returning temporarily to the Philippines.

Father Jossey Kuriakose

Current assignment: parochial vicar, Immaculate Conception in Stayton; Our Lady of Lourdes in Scio; St. Catherine of Siena Mission in Mill City; and St. Patrick Mission in Lyons

New assignment: administrator, St. Paul Parish in Silverton

Father Kuriakose was born in 1975 in Alappuzha, in the state of Kerala, India, the youngest of five children.

“I have received the whole practice of faith from my parents and my parish community,” Father Kuriakose wrote to members of Immaculate Conception when he arrived three years ago.

He shared how one night, when he was in the fourth or fifth grade, his father asked about his dreams for the future. “I said I would like to have a church and a cross,” Father Kuriakose recalled.

After 10th grade, he completed three years of minor seminary in Kerala, where he was inspired by the lives of St. Thérèse of Lisieux and St. Alphonsa, an Indian Catholic nun and administrator. He finished his studies in the Satna Diocese.

Ordained a priest in India in 2002, Father Kuriakose ministered as a parish priest, a manager and a principal, among other roles. He also worked in his diocese’s communication department.

Father Kuriakose arrived in Oregon in 2019 and he began his assignment at Immaculate Conception.

Deacon Randy Hoang

Current assignment: deacon, Christ the King in Milwaukie

New assignment: parochial vicar, Immaculate Conception in Stayton; St. Catherine of Siena Mission in Mill City (mission); Our Lady of Lourdes in Jordan; and St. Patrick Mission in Lyons

Deacon Hoang is slated to be ordained a priest June 26 at St. Mary Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Northwest Portland. It will be a high point, but not an end, to his spiritual trek.

He grew up at Our Lady of La Vang Parish, then in Northeast Portland. He highlights three heroic women who guided him: his grandmother who taught him to pray, his mother who taught him to put prayer into practice and the Blessed Mother. As a teen, he questioned his belief in God but asked Mary to help him find peace. Slowly, it worked.

He attended college seminary at Mount Angel, serving as president of the collegians, and then went to Rome to study theology at the Pontifical North American College. He credits hospital ministry for helping him encounter more of the human experience.

He was ordained a deacon in fall 2019 at St. Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican. On that day, he was most moved by the moment in which the congregation applauded to affirm their joy.

Father Bonaventure Rummell

New assignment: parochial vicar, Sacred Heart in Medford and St. Joseph Mission in Jacksonville

In 2013, at the time of his ordination in New York City as a member of the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal, Father Rummell described to Catholic New York newspaper how he first discerned a call to the priesthood as a seventh grader in St. Edward Parish in Lebanon, Oregon, as he listened to Oblate Father John Murphy, then pastor.

He attended an Oblate boarding high school in Texas, then joined the Army. He worked for a cell phone repair company when he became involved at his parish, volunteering in the confirmation program and considering being a youth minister. He re-read a book by St. Bonaventure on the life of St. Francis of Assisi, which led him to the Franciscan order — and to the name he took, Bonaventure.

He chose his order for their simplicity, “their work with the poor, youth, the Eucharistic focus of their lives, wearing the habit.” The friars are known for evangelizing and working with people on the margins of society.

Father Rummell, whose family has been very active at the Lebanon parish, was ordained in 2013 in New York, when he was 38. He has lived in the order’s community in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Father Arjie Garcia

Current assignment: parochial vicar, St. Anne in Grants Pass

New assignment: parochial vicar, St. James in McMinnville, Good Shepherd in Sheridan and St. Michael in Grand Ronde

Father Garcia was born in 1985 in the Philippines. The oldest of four children, he graduated from a Catholic high school in 2002, studied secondary education, and then was accepted into the diocesan seminary in Cebu, where he was recommended to study philosophy. He began studying at Mount Angel Seminary in 2010. Father Garcia completed his pastoral year as a deacon at Our Lady of the Mountain in Ashland.

In Grants Pass, he learned to preach on camera and used other technology to spread the Good News during the pandemic.

“I am excited by this new assignment and the opportunity given to serve the people of God in these parishes,” he said. “I have learned a lot in my previous parish assignments, and I bring with me everything I learned. But most importantly, I bring with me an open mind to learn what this new assignment has in store for me as well as an open heart to love and get to know the people of God entrusted to our care, the pastor and me.”

Deacon Anthony Galati

Current assignment: pastoral internship, St. James Parish in McMinnville

New Assignment: parochial vicar, Holy Trinity Parish in Beaverton

When Deacon Galati is ordained June 26, he will join that rarest group of men consecrated as priests: men who are also fathers — and even a grandfather, in Deacon Galati’s case.

Deacon Galati was executive director of Mater Dei Radio — and suddenly single, his marriage annulled — when he began his journey to the priesthood. At a fundraiser for Our Lady of Peace Retreat House in Beaverton, Maronite Father Jonathan Decker, then pastor of St. Sharbel Parish in Southeast Portland, told him something unexpected. “I think you should be a priest,” Father Decker said.

Deacon Galati had responsibilities he couldn’t shirk at the radio station, but he explored the idea of becoming a priest and heard the call.

He’s an archdiocesan native, having grown up in Holy Redeemer Parish and School in North Portland, then graduating from Central Catholic High School and the University of Portland. He has two sons, a granddaughter and a brand new grandson. He’s also close to his father, a spry 88-year-old who walks miles every day.

Deacon Galati said the year he has spent in a pastoral internship at St. James Parish in McMinnville “was one of the best years I’ve ever spent doing anything.”

Father Stephen Kenyon

Current assignment: parochial vicar, Shepherd of the Valley in Central Point

New assignment: parochial vicar, St. Anne in Grants Pass; Our Lady of the River in Rogue River (mission); St. Patrick of the Forest in Cave Junction (mission)

Father Kenyon had intended to become a math teacher. Then the calculus changed.

A freshman at George Fox University in Newberg, he sensed a call not only to become Catholic, but to become a priest. He entered the church in 2011 and the seminary in 2013. By 2019, he was ordained.

Born in 1990 to Pentecostal missionaries in Taiwan, he grew up there and in China. His family moved to Portland, and he graduated from Lincoln High School in 2009.

He learned about ministry during seminary pastoral assignments at St. Alice in Springfield, Holy Family in Southeast Portland, St. Anthony in Tigard, St. Patrick in Canby, St. Joseph in Salem, St. Anne in Grants Pass and St. Elizabeth Ann Seton in Aloha.

But ministry also runs in his family.

The Rev. Howard Kenyon, from a long line of Pentecostal ministers and also Father Stephen’s dad, gave his son some advice: “You have to pace it. Just remember, you’re not the messiah.”

Deacon John the Baptist Khac Duong Ngo

Current assignment: deacon at Our Lady of La Vang in Happy Valley

New assignment: parochial Vicar at Our Lady of La Vang in Happy Valley

Deacon Ngo is being ordained to the priesthood June 19 by Archbishop Alexander Sample at Our Lady of La Vang Church in Happy Valley. After his ordination, he will continue to serve at that busy Vietnamese-language parish — in Happy Valley since June 2020, the same year he was ordained a deacon there.

Deacon Ngo was born Oct. 25, 1976, in Dong Nai, Vietnam.

He graduated from Nguyen Huu Huan High School in 1994 and from the University from Dalat in 1999.

In 2009, he joined the Domus Dei Clerical Society of Apostolic Life. In 2019, he earned a bachelor’s degree in Sacred Theology at the University of Santo Tomas in Vietnam. He professed the final commitment to his order at that time.

Founded in 1630 by a Jesuit missionary, Domus Dei has a long history of evangelization. After 1954, when Vietnam was divided in two, many Catholics moved from the Communist North to the South where they could freely practice their religion. During this time, Domus Dei members helped immigrants adapt to the culture and environment in their new land. That ended in 1975, when the communists overtook the South as well. Many Domus Dei Religious fled the country to the United States, where the mission has continued.

Father Joaquim Gracias

Current assignment: parochial vicar, St. Peter and St. Mark in Eugene

New assignment: parochial vicar, St. Mary in Eugene

Father Gracias was ordained April 24, 1999 with the Society of the Missionaries of St. Francis Xavier in Goa, India. He was born in Goa in 1973 the youngest of six children. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree from Nagpur University in 1994. Later, he attended Barkutullah University where he studied civil law and graduated with a master’s in business administration from Bharath University in 2006.

He attended St. Charles Seminary and Pilar Theological College. He studied cannon law at Pontificia Universitas Urbaniana and Pontificia Universitas Lateranensis in Rome. He attained both a licentiate and a doctorate in canon law.

Father Gracias has served as assistant parish priest at Our Lady of Pilar Church in Bhopal, India; professor of canon law at Pilar Theological College in Goa; dean of studies at Pilar Theological College and finally tribunal judge for the Archdiocese of Goa. He also has served in a number of financial and managerial roles over the years. He came to the Archdiocese of Portland in the spring of this year to assist at St. Peter and St. Mark parishes in Eugene. He is on a temporary assignment in the archdiocese.