Clergy

Reverend Father Anthony Rapozo

 

Fr. Anthony Rapozo is the Pastor of St. Catherine Parish. 

Born in Lihue, Kauai, to parents Wayne and Stephanie Rapozo, he has two younger brothers—Jason and Lucas.   

Fr. Anthony attended St. Catherine School, Immaculate Conception School and graduated from Kauai High School in 1988.

He received his Associates Degree in Liberal Arts from the University of Hawaii and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Religious Studies from Chaminade University.   Fr. Anthony continued his studies at St. Patrick’s Seminary and earned his Masters in Divinity in 2011.  He was ordained to the transitional deaconate in December 2010 and to the priesthood on December 30, 2011.

His first priestly assignment was at St. Michael the Archangel Church in Kailua, Kona for two years.  He was assigned to St. Catherine Parish as Parochial Vicar.  Fr. Anthony was formally installed as Pastor by Bishop Larry Silva on May 25, 2014.

 

Reverend Father William Tūlua

 

Aloha Kaua`i!  My name is Father William Matekihelotu Tūlua.  I was born in San José, California.  You might figure from my name I have some Pacific Island roots.  I am Mexican and Tongan.  My name is quite interesting for William means “The helmet of God,” my middle name is translated as, “To die for the church” and finally my last name does not translate too well into English but basically meant “A person who helps.” 

I came to Hawai`i in my teens to live with my relatives in Kāne`ohe, but went to Cupertino High School since I was a little too kolohe for my relatives.  After High School I entered the Brigittine Monastery in Amity, Oregon.  After staying some seven years in the community I decided monastic life was not for me and left.  Becoming a registered Medical Assistant and had a desire to help people, I returned to Hawai`i and attended Hawai`i Loa College in Kāne`ohe.  It was my desire to become a PA (Physician’s Assistant) but math was quite difficult for me and changed my major to Pre-Theology.  After completing HLC I entered into tourism and became a tour guide/driver for Polynesian Adventure Tours.  I did this job for twenty-three years and loved it very much but I believe the Holy Spirit was calling me.  I think the Holy Spirit wanted me in the tour business to get me out of my introverted self. I am still quite introverted but I am finally comfortable talking with people and love it very much, but at times I need the silence to ‘recharge’ my batteries.  

Entering into the seminary with the diocese of Honolulu in 2010 and finally becoming ordained to the Holy Priesthood in 2018.  I am so honored the Bishop allowed me to enter as a seminarian at my age.  I am an older vocation and believe the Lord did not pick young men between the ages of 18 and 30.  The Holy Spirit chooses those who desire to work in the vineyard of the Lord.  I pray that I will be a good priest and ask for your prayers.  

I came to Saint Catherine’s Church about five years ago.  I was a seminarian and I fell in love with this parish.  It was during my last semester in the Seminary in Wisconsin that I was praying in the chapel.  I am not joking but I was praying that I would be sent to Saint Catherine’s Church!  I received a call a couple days later from Father Anthony saying that I would be assigned to Saint Catherine’s.  I was so happy the Lord answered my prayer.  Father Anthony told me before the bishop was to tell me.  It was funny but he said, “When the bishop calls then act surprised.”  I am so honored to be here and will do my best in serving the faithful while assigned to Saint Catherine of Alexandria ofKapa`a, and her missions of Saint Sylvester at Kīlauea and Saint William (what a nice name) in Hanalei! Me ke aloha pumehana!

 

 

 

 

Deacon Manny Pascua

Retired

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Deacon Andy Ragasa
 

Aloha!  My name is Alejandrino Andy Ragasa, Jr.  I was recently ordained a permanent deacon for the Diocese of Honolulu on February 19, 2021.  Upon my ordination, the Honorable Bishop Larry Silva assigned me to diaconal service at St. Catherine of Alexandria.

I was born in the rural plantation town of North Kohala on the Island of Hawaii on February 22, 1961. I attended and graduated from Kohala High School (Go Cowboys!) in 1979.  Upon graduation, I enrolled in the University of Hawaii at Manoa and was accepted to the College of Engineering.  I earned my BS degree in Civil Engineering from UH-Manoa in 1984.  My first engineering job was with M&E Pacific, Inc. in Honolulu from 1984 to 1989 as a design engineer.  In 1989, I passed the board exam and became a Licensed Professional Civil Engineer in the State of Hawaii.  I switched jobs and went to work for Koga Engineering & Construction, Inc. where I worked my way up from Project Engineer to Project Manager to Island Manager to Vice President of Kauai Operations.  I moved from Oahu to manage our Kauai operations at the start of 1996 and recently retired at the end of 2020 after 31+ years at Koga Engineering.

I got married to the love of my life, Inocenta Acosta Ragasa, on June 22, 2013 at Immaculate Conception Church in Lihue.  We live in Lihue and together we have two sons and two daughters from our previous marriages – Christiaan (30), Carlos (28), Kelcie (27), and Dayna (25).  We have also been blessed with a granddaughter, Camille (Kelcie’s), born in September 2019.

In my spare time, I like to golf, garden, and travel…not necessarily in that order.  I also love to spend time with our granddaughter along with our pet dogs (Simba and Hokulani) and cats (Popoki and Eleele).  I was ordained a deacon to serve and that is exactly what I intend to do, not only for the faith community at St. Catherine of Alexandria but for the entire Island of Kauai and the Diocese of Honolulu.  “As for me and my household, we will serve the LORD.”  (Joshua 24:15)


 

 



Seminarian Kevin Clark


Aloha, I am Kevin Stanton Clark a seminarian with the Diocese of Honolulu. I have been assigned to St. Catherine’s for my pastoral year. I am currently enrolled in the seminary at Saint Patrick’s Seminary and University in Menlo Park, California and I have just completed my second year of Theological studies.

I was born in Buffalo, New York in October 21, 1969 to loving parents who were in the military. My father retired to Virginia Beach, Virginia in 1976 and it was there that I grew up. I graduated from Princess Anne High School in Virginia Beach and at the age of 19 I obtained my Associates degree in Electronics Engineering. I started my own business at the age of 20 but found it to be very difficult to maintain and closed it down several years later. In 1994, at the age of 24, I joined the United States Navy as an Electronic Technician. I was assigned initially to the USS Cheyenne – which eventually was stationed here in Hawaii. Onboard the Cheyenne, I was assigned as the Catholic Lay Leader and it was there that I started to see what God had planned for me.

After being in Hawaii for three years I was re-stationed on shore duty in Groton, Ct. Through new friends I met there I joined the Groton Base Chapel Choir and became an RCIA Assistant Leader. I also joined the Knights of Columbus and throughout the years I have held most council positions including both the Grand Knight and the Faithful Navigator.

Returning back again to Hawaii in 2004, I was assigned to the USS Los Angels and again to the position of Catholic Lay leader. It was during this time that I was convinced of God calling me to the priesthood. Due to military commitments I could not break my contract so I remained in the service and eventually retired in June of 2014. I was also assigned to the USS La Jolla, USS Greeneville, and to Communications Submarines Pacific (COMSUBPAC).

In July of 2014 I was accepted into the Diocese of Honolulu and in August I started minor seminary at Mount Angel Seminary in Oregon. I graduated from Mount Angel in 2018 with a triple Bachelorettes major in Philosophy, Religious Studies, and Literature.  In August of 2018, I started at Saint Patrick’s where I am still studying.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 





 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



 

 

 

 

 

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