Fr. Ian Outside of Rosary

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As students, we are all familiar with the teachers and the mentors surrounding us on campus, but how familiar are you with Rosary’s chaplain, Father Ian?

Father Ian absolutely LOVES visiting Disneyland whenever he has the chance.
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Turns out, there’s much more to the sweet priest who celebrates all of Rosary’s Masses!

Although Father Ian has tons of family in the Philippines, his brother-priests are a huge part of his life and act as his real-life brothers.
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Where did you grow up?

Father Ian adores his garden and is very proud of what he has grown in it.
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I grew up in the small town of Infanta, Quezon province, Philippines. It’s like a “countryside” atmosphere. Simple living, simple life. Growing up, I learned how to plant rice with my brothers.

Here, Father Ian had a nice snow day during one of his free days away from work.
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What does your immediate family consist of? (Brothers and sisters)

I have 1 sister (she is the oldest) and 3 brothers. I am the youngest. Right now, I have almost 20 nephews and nieces. One time, I asked my brothers why do they have lots of kids- and one of my brothers said, “You’re a priest, right? So, you should know the bible. Because Jesus said, go and multiply. We are just being a good Christian.”

What are your favorite hobbies?

My favorite hobby is gardening. I put up a big organic vegetable garden in our backyard last summer (tomatoes, bell pepper, jalapeno, eggplant, cabbage, string beans, squash, etc) and still growing some seasonal vegetables until now.
Also, I developed a small garden- we called it “Marian Garden” which is good for meditation. I used succulent plants to save water. If I need time to pray and relax a bit, I usually go to my garden.

What made you realize you wanted to be a priest?

Knowing that I want to become a priest was hard. I spent a lot of time in prayer and reflection. When I entered the seminary, I was not 100% sure if I wanted to become a priest. But after long years of prayer, studies, doing ministry, and life in the community, I found myself that I was enjoying and loving what I was doing. I found there was a sense of meaning and growth in me spiritually. With that, I knew that God was calling me to become a priest.

How is your life when you’re not celebrating masses? Do you celebrate masses elsewhere?

Monday is our community day off. Together, with my brother-priests, we always go hiking and visit National parks, and of course, Disneyland.

If I am not celebrating masses, or If I am not at Rosary Academy, I help out at different parishes (like at St Irenaeus Parish in Cypress, St Martin de Porres in Yorba Linda, Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Newport, etc) for masses, confessions, weddings, funerals, etc. I am also the Local superior and managing the finances of the Alagad ni Maria Community- supporting our seminarians and youth ministry in the Philippines. (you can visit our website: alagadnimaria.org).

As you can see, there is more than what meets the eye. Father Ian is very involved in many activities outside of Rosary and even his religious occupation. Who knew he had a huge love for Disneyland and had a huge family?

Rosary is very lucky to have such a joyful and loving chaplain as Father Ian. He is very happy being able to see the student life of all Royals as he works lunch duty and celebrates school masses.

Make sure to say Hi the next time you see him! He will be incredibly joyful-he always is!