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MBS Clergy

Parish Clergy work closely with the school to enhance the spiritual journey of our students.

Reverend Monsignor J. Michael McKiernan: Pastor

Msgr. J. Michael McKiernan serves as the 35th pastor in a line of succession from Saint Junipero Serra, founder of the Historic Mission San Juan Capistrano. Msgr. McKiernan was ordained as a Diocesan Priest in the County of Orange on June 8, 1991. Prior to his post as Pastor and Rector of the dynamic Mission Campus, he was the founding Pastor of Christ Our Savior Catholic Church in Santa Ana and the Director of Clergy Personnel for the Diocese of Orange.

Msgr. McKiernan’s educational background includes a Master of Arts in Pastoral Liturgy from Santa Clara University, a Master of Arts in Theology and a Master of Divinity in Religion from Saint John’s Seminary College. He began his education with a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy also from Saint John’s Seminary College. Along with his many and varied duties at the Historic Mission, Church and School, Msgr. McKiernan also serves on the School Board of JSerra Catholic High School, on the College of Consulters, the Diocesan Council of Priests, the Bishops Liturgical Commission, and the Design and Renovation Committee for the Diocese of Orange.





Reverend Sergio Ramos - Parochial Vicar
Father Sergio Ramos comes to Mission Basilica parish from La Purisima Catholic Church in Orange.  You may know him from his time at Our Lady of Fatima Church in San Clemente.  He is 52 years old and has been in the priesthood for twenty years.  His hometown is Ajijic, Jalisco, Mexico.  He loves to swim and his first job was being a milkman.  He says that his most memorable experience was his ordination as a priest by Blessed John Paul II at Saint Peter's Basilica in 1999.
His favorite scripture is from Isaiah 55:10-11 - "For just as from the heavens the rain and snow come down And do not return there till they have watered the earth, making it fertile and fruitful, Giving seed to him who sows and bread to him who eats, So shall my word be that goes forth from my mouth; It shall not return to me void, but shall do my will, achieving the end for which I sent it."