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Meet our Seminarians...

"You did not choose me, but I chose you, and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should abide..." (cf. Jn. 15:16)

 

Deacon Romple Emwalu (4th Theology, Saint Patrick's Seminary)

Romple Emwalu was born in 1982 on the island of Polowat, Chuuk.  He is the middle child among twenty siblings.  His mother married his uncle, after his father's passing in 1997. 

Romple is a graduate of Nanataku High School (class of 2001), and attended the College of Micronesia - FSM, receiving his Associate's Degree in Liberal Arts (2004), and also earning his teaching certificate, with specialization in Elementary Education (2007).  For a time, Romple taught at Palikir Elementary School, Pohnpei, while also working with the Habitat for Humanity and the Lion's Club.

He moved to Hawaii in 2008 to continue his education at the University of Hawaii, Manoa, as well as to assist his family who were living locally.  He served the elderly as a volunteer at a care home; cooking and cleaning for them, as well as taking them out shopping.

Romple became an active member of St. John Apostle and Evangelist Parish, Mililani prior to entering priestly formation as a seminarian for the Diocese of Honolulu.  He graduated from Mount Angel Seminary, Oregon, with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Philosophy and Religious Studies (2014), and is currently in his fourth and final year of studies at Saint Patrick's Seminary, Menlo Park, CA.

Mr. Vincent Anh Xuân Vũ (4th Theology, Saint Patrick's Seminary)

Vincent Anh Xuân Vũ was born in Việt Nam, the sixth of seven children born to Vũ Sơn Hùng and Phương Thị Nguyễn.  He lived in Saigon, Việt Nam until the age of twelve, at which time he moved to Hawaii with his family.

In Hawaii, Vincent and his family have been active members of the Vietnamese Community at the Co-Cathedral of Saint Theresa, Oahu.

Vincent is an alumnus of Radford High School, (class of 2008), after which he entered into Mount Angel Seminary, Oregon, as a seminarian for the Diocese of Honolulu.  He graduated from Mount Angel Seminary in 2013 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Philosophy, and is currently a 4th Theologian at Saint Patrick's Seminary, Menlo Park, CA.

 

 

 

Mr. Dario Rinaldi (3rd Theology, Saint Patrick's Seminary)

Dario Rinaldi was born in 1993 in Eugene, Oregon, to Steven and Laurie Rinaldi.  He is the oldest child, with one younger brother, Victor, who was born two years after him.  At the age of seven, Dario and his family moved to the island of Maui, Hawaii, at which they became active members of St. Joseph Parish, Makawao, where Dario and his brother were also enrolled in the parish school, largely run by the Dominican Sisters of the Most Holy Rosary.  After graduating from St. Jospeh Grade School, Dario entered in the Marionist-run St. Anthony Junior/Senior High School.

After high school, Dario became a seminarian for the Diocese of Honolulu.  He graduated from Mount Angel Seminary with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Philosophy (2015), and is currently in his third year of theological studies at Saint Patrick's Seminary, Menlo Park, CA.

 

 

Mr. Ese'ese (Ace) Tui (Pastoral Year, Saint Michael Church, Kailua - Kona, HI)

Ace was born in 1984 on the island of American Samoa to Siamani Kelemete (father) and Miriama Aumaivao-Tui (mother), and has three brothers and a sister.  His father passed away in 2001, after which his mother was devoted to raising Ace and her other children in the Catholic faith.  As a family, they would gather together daily at 6 p.m. to pray Evening Prayer and the Rosary, with Ace's mother leading, and the children taking turns praying a decade.

Growing up in American Samoa, Ace was part of the choir, an altar server, and served in the parish youth group at St. Theresa of the Child Jesus Catholic Church in Faga’alu, also serving at St. Jospeh the Worker Parish in Fagatogo.

After moving to Hawaii in 2006, Ace became an active parishioner of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church, Ewa Beach, Oahu.  He became a seminarian for the Diocese of Honolulu in 2012, and received his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Philosophy from Mount Angel, Oregon in 2016.

Currently, Ace is assigned to Saint Michael Parish in Kailua-Kona, HI for his pastoral year, after which he will return to Saint Patrick's Seminary for his final two years of theological studies.

 

Mr. John Akau (2nd Pre-Theology, Saint Patrick's Seminary, Menlo Park)

John Akau comes from St. Joseph Parish in Hilo, Hawaii.  He became a seminarian for the Diocese of Honolulu in 2017 and is currently in his second year of studies in Pre-Theology at Menlo Park, CA.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mr. James Alexander (Alex) Held (2nd Pre-Theology, Saint Patrick's Seminary, Menlo Park)

Alex Held comes from the Basilica Cathedral of Our Lady of Peace, Honolulu.  He became a seminarian for the Diocese of Honolulu in 2017 and is currently in his second year of studies in Pre-Theology at Menlo Park, CA.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mr. Kurt Meyer (2nd Pre-Theology, Saint Patrick's Seminary, Menlo Park)

Kurt Meyer comes from St. Philomena Parish on Oahu.  He became a seminarian for the Diocese of Honolulu in 2017 and is currently in his second year of studies in Pre-Theology at Menlo Park, CA.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mr. Preston-Jay Castro (1st Theology, St. Patrick's Seminary, Menlo Park)

Preston Castro comes from St. Joseph Parish, Waipahu, and was raised by his grandparents, Roland and Edith Pascua, after his mother's passing.  Preston has two younger sisters, a nephew and niece.

Before becoming a seminarian for the Diocese of Honolulu, Preston was studying to become an elementary teacher.  However, because of a promise he had made to his late mother to fulfill her dreams of him becoming a paramedic, he experienced a renewal in his faith, which eventually put him on the path to becoming a "paramedic" of souls, through the ministry of sacraments.

Preston graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Philosophy from Mount Angel Seminary, Oregon (2018), and is currently in his first year of theological studies at St. Patrick's Seminary, Menlo Park, CA.

 

 

 

Mr. Kevin Clark (1st Theology, St. Patrick's Seminay, Menlo Park)

Kevin Clark comes from Buffalo, NY, and is an alumnus of Princess Anne High School, Virginia Beach.  He served in the U.S. Navy as an Electronic Technician, after which he retired in order to become a seminarian for the Diocese of Honolulu, entering seminary formation in 2014.  He is a parishioner of St. Rita Church, Nanakuli.

He graduated from Mt. Angel Seminary, Oregon, with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in three majors: Philosophy, Religious Studies, and Literature (2018), and is currently a 1st year theologian at St. Patrick's Seminary, Menlo Park, CA.

 

 

 

 

Mr. Arrion Rosales-Llantos (1st Theology, St. Patrick's Seminary, Menlo Park)

Arrion Rosales-Llantos comes from Kailua-Kona, Hawaii and is an alumnus of Kealakehe High School (class of 2013).  He pursued studies in the area of Criminal Justice at the University of Hawaii, Hilo, for two years prior to beginning priestly formation as a seminarian for the Diocese of Honolulu.

He is a graduate of Mt. Angel Seminary, Oregon, having received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Philosophy (2018), and is currently in his first year of theological studies at St. Patrick's Seminary, Menlo Park, CA.

 

 

 

 

 

Mr. Taylor Mitchell (College II, Mount Angel Seminary, Oregon)

Taylor Mitchell was born in Honolulu, HI, to Wayne and Glenda Mitchell.  He is a parishioner of St. John Apostle and Evangelist Parish, Mililani and entered into priestly formation as a seminarian for the Diocese of Honolulu in 2018.

Currently, he is in College II pursuing a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Philosophy at Mt. Angel Seminary, Oregon.

 

 

 

 

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