In Carlsbad, CA, the Eudists live in two buildings, both rectories belonging to St. Patrick Parish. One is on the parish campus, connected to the parish offices, the other is a house up the street. The Eudists in Carlsbad together with those in Solana Beach belong to the San Diego Local Community.


Fr. Bill Rowland CJM

16030027919_754bbc68f9_bMission: Pastor of St. Patrick, CJM US Region Superior

Fr. Bill is a native of Buffalo, NY, and spent most of his career in Catholic education. He served as teacher and principal at Cardinal Dougherty High School in Buffalo, and taught at Mater Dei High School in San Diego. He has been pastor of Blessed Sacrament Parish in San Diego, where he also served the Newman Club at SDSU. He was appointed pastor at St. Patrick in 2004, Regional Councilor for the CJM in 2011, and Regional Bursar in 2012. He was appointed US Region Superior in 2017.


Fr. Juan Gabriel Castillo CJM


Mission: Associate Pastor of St. Patrick, Superior of the San Diego Community of the CJM

Fr. Castillo is a native of Honduras, and was ordained in 2011. He spent the first two years of his ministry as Associate Pastor at St. James/St.Leo under the mentorship of Fr. John Howard CJM. He then spent time working with Catholic Charities and teaching at the San Diego Diocesan Institute for Catechists. In 2014 he became associate pastor at St. Patrick and is now working with Eudist seminarians on a family-formation project for the Spanish-speaking community. In 2015 he was appointed Local Superior for the Eudists in San Diego, the first of our new generation of priests to hold this office.


Fr. James Burson CJM

19088583353_b9afd73f53_oMission: Retirement

Fr. Burson is a native of Nova Scotia, Canada. He was well-loved for years as the librarian at Cardinal Dougherty High School in Buffalo, NY. Since then, he served in parish ministry at St. Joseph Parish in Rayne, Louisiana, then at Blessed Sacrament Parish in San Diego. In most of the parishes where he has served, he built programs for 24-hour adoration and worked with the laity to publish a yearly book of meditations for these adoration chapels. In 2013, he celebrated 60 years serving God and His people as a priest, and began his retirement. He now lives at a retirement home in Carlsbad, where he continues to do ministry, both at the retirement home and at St. Patrick’s on the weekends.