Father Ed Broom, OMV
Reverend Father Ed Broom, OMV, is Associate Pastor of St. Peter Chanel Church in Hawaiian Gardens, California. He is a member of the Oblates of the Virgin Mary. Saint John Paul II ordained Father Broom on May 25, 1986. Father Broom teaches Catholic Ignatian Marian Spirituality through articles, podcasts, a radio show, retreats and spiritual direction. Padre ‘Escobita,’ as he is dearly known among Latinos, is fluent in Spanish, and thus a great resource to their spirituality. Father Broom has written two book “From Humdrum to Holy” a step-by-step guide to living like a saint, and “Total Consecration Through the Mysteries of the Rosary” a do-it-yourself retreat that culminates in the total consecration to Jesus through Mary by focusing on the Mysteries of the Rosary and the Seven Sorrows of Mary. These books have been published by Sophia Press.
Sr. Regina Marie Gorman, O.C.D.
Sr. Regina Marie Gorman, O.C.D., holds a master’s degree in theology and Christian ministry from the Franciscan University of Steubenville, Ohio. She has lived out her calling as a Carmelite sister for over four decades. For nine years, she’s taught at junior high schools in and around Los Angeles. She’s served another nine years as her community’s directress of novices and postulants. She then became its directress of vocations and named superior general, a position she held for 12 years. She is now the vicar general for the Carmelite Sisters of the Most Sacred Heart of Los Angeles. Sr. Regina Marie was presented in 2015 with the Saint Thomas Aquinas Medallion an honorable recognition for her extraordinary dedication to God and His Church. Sister Regina Marie Gorman, O.C.D. is a notable speaker ……
Father Raymond Decipeda, MMHC
Rev. Raymond Vicente Decipeda, MMHC is a missionary priest from the Religious Institute called Marian Missionaries of the Holy Cross. This religious community was founded in the Philippines in 1976 by a married laywoman named Mrs. Leticia Tordesillas Albert. This community started as a Marian Movement for the youth and, through the grace of the Holy Spirit and the guidance of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the religious institute grew and was formally recognized by the Church, after a long time of testing and trials, as a Religious Institute of Consecrated Life of Diocesan Right in 1998. Fr. Raymond has been part of this Marian Community as a professed member since 1982. His life, work, involvement and ministry revolved around the special charism of the institute. The Marian Missionaries of the Holy Cross devote themselves to the moral formation of the youth especially those in public high schools, ministry to the prisoners and the spread of authentic Marian devotion. Fr. Raymond has been a teacher to the youth and the prisoners since 1982 and the spread of Marian Devotion has always been central to his entire ministry and preaching. He has served in various capacities in the MMHC: Director of Apostolate; Director of Music; Retreat Master; Prefect of Discipline; Rector of Seminary Formation in Philosophy and Theology. He has also served the Archdiocese of Los Angeles as associate Pastor at St. Philomena in Carson, St. Catherine Laboure in Torrance, St. Margaret Mary in Lomita and as Pastor at Holy Family Church in Artesia and now as Pastor at St. John of God in Norwalk. Being a Canon Lawyer, he has also served as Defender of the Bond in the Metropolitan Tribunal of the Archdiocese of Manila and the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. He also serves the inmates of Terminal Island Federal Bureau of Prisons in San Pedro and the inmates of the Metropolitan Detention Center (Federal Bureau of Prisons) in Los Angeles. When strangers or contractors visit him in his parish for counseling or for some business, many would mistake him to be either the janitor or the gardener until they see him as the same person sitting inside the Pastor’s Office to do counseling with them or sign their contracts. More than anything, he is a disciple of Jesus through Mary.
Reverend Monsignor Timothy O’Connell
Monsignor Timothy O’Connell was born in County Cork, Ireland, attended seminaries in Ireland, Holland and London before completing his studies at St. John’s Seminary. His first assignment was at St. John of God, Norwalk, and then served as hospital chaplain. Msgr. O’Connell served at St. Joseph Hospital in Burbank, and Daniel Freeman Hospital in Inglewood. Msgr. O’Connell was named the first director of the Office of Family Life in 1971. A monsignor since 1978. Was Director of the Family Life. Was pastor at St. Linus, Norwalk; Sacred Heart, Lancaster; and Visitation, Westchester. Msgr. O’Connell has also served as chaplain at the Jeanne Jugan residence in San Pedro, as well as the Little Sisters of the Poor also in San Pedro. He has chaired the Commission for Catholic Life Issues and the Office of Life, Justice and Peace. Currently, Monsignor O’Connell serves as Spiritual Advisor for the Blue Army of Our Lady of Fatima for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles.