Clergy

Reverend Father Nicholas Apetorgbor

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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)


 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 





 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



 

 

 

 

 

 

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