The Eudists in the Los Angeles Local Community live primarily in the rectory belonging to St. John Eudes Parish in Chatsworth, CA, affectionately known as the Holy Heart Residence. Seminarians doing their theology studies at St. John’s Seminary nearby in Camarillo, CA, generally live at the seminary during the week, and at the rectory on weekends.

 

Fr. Gérard Lecomte CJM
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Mission: Pastor of St. John Eudes Parish, Councilor and Vocation Director for the US Region of the CJM, Local Superior for the Los Angeles Community of the CJM.

Like St. John Eudes himself, Fr. Lecomte is a native of Normandy, France, but his dedication to the mission has taken him all over the world: the Ivory Coast in Africa; Montreal, Canada; San Diego, and now Los Angeles! He spent years as a teacher and formator, founding a formation house in Montreal before being summoned to San Diego in 2005 to help launch our priestly formation program in the US as Vocation Director. In 2011, the CJM was offered the opportunity to provide pastoral care for St. John Eudes in Chatsworth, CA, which is the only parish named after our founder in the whole nation. Fr. Lecomte stepped forward for the responsibility and was appointed pastor of St. John Eudes. Also in 2011, he agreed to serve as Regional Councilor.

 

Fr. Carlos Valencia CJM

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Mission: Associate Pastor at St. John Eudes Parish, Adjunct Professor at St. John’s Seminary

Fr. Valencia is a native of Bucaramanga, Colombia. After three years as assistant pastor in Colombia, he was sent to the Pontifical Biblical Institute in Rome, which included a period of studies Jerusalem. He has extensive experience as a scripture scholar and priestly formator, having taught for 30+ years in seminaries throughout Colombia, Ecuador, Honduras, and Mexico. He is the author of a booklet entitled “Sintesis Biblica” that helps a reader understand the Holy Scriptures from a historically critical perspective, to know the various literary forms in scripture, and go from a literal understanding to a deeper symbolic reading of the Word of God. He became associate pastor at St. John Eudes in 2012, and in 2015, began teaching courses at St. John’s Seminary, nearby in Camarillo, CA.

 

Fr. Lawrence Goodwin CJM
19714479111_3ed0a586ee_kMission: Associate Pastor at St. John Eudes Parish

Fr. Goodwin is a native of Ontario, Canada. Before joining the Eudists, he earned a degree in social work, and spent several years as a novice with the Franciscans. While a seminarian, he pioneered the Just Faith program in the San Diego Diocese, which brings parishioners into contact with people in need of social justice, thereby educating them on the Church’s social teaching in a very experiential way. Ordained recently in 2013, he spent his first two years as Associate Pastor of St. James/St. Leo in Solana Beach, under the mentorship of Fr. John Howard CJM. In 2015, he finished a MA in Pastoral Ministry at St. John’s Seminary and was assigned as Associate Pastor for St. John Eudes.