Our Priests

Father Leszek Semik
Parish Administrator

Father Leszek Semik was born and raised in Lipowa, Poland. He attended the Metropolitan Theological Seminary in Krakow, Poland from 1988 to 1994, studying for six years at The Pontifical University of John Paul II where he earned a master’s degree in Philosophy and Theology in 1994. He served as an Associate Pastor for three parishes in Poland: Saint Francis of Assisi in Bielsko-Bilala, Saint Maximilian Kolbe in Oswiecim, and Saint Bishop Stanislaus. In 2006, Fr. Semik transferred to the Los Angeles Archdiocese and was assigned to St. Dorothy’s Parish in Glendora. After five years he was assigned to Saint Elizabeth of Hungary in Altadena where he served for three years. In 2014 he was assigned to St. Lawrence Martyr where he served as Associate Pastor.

In 2016 Fr. Semik was appointed Administrator of St. Anastasia Catholic Church.

Monsignor Royale Vadakin
Pastor Emeritus

Monsignor Royale M. Vadakin, formally Vicar General Emeritus of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, was born and raised in Santa Monica, California. He has served as an ecumenical and inter-religious leader in Los Angeles.  Msgr. Vadakin was the first Archdiocesan Officer of Ecumenical and Inter-religious Affairs, serving from 1971 to 1999. Monsignor served the Archdiocese as Moderator of the Curia and Vicar General and as pastor of St. Paul; St. Vibiana (when it was the Cathedral) and St . Anastasia.  He has received numerous awards for this work, including honorary doctorates from LMU and Hebrew Union College. He is a Regent Emeritus of LMU.

 

Monsignor Gregory Cox
Priest in Residence

Monsignor Cox holds a Master of Divinity degree from St. John’s Seminary, Camarillo, California and earned a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Southern California as well as a Master of Business Administration degree from Pepperdine University. In May 1993, he was appointed Executive Director of Catholic Charities of Los Angeles.  Prior to assuming this position, Monsignor Cox was a Regional Director of the agency’s Our Lady of the Angels Region. During his tenure as a Regional Director, he was instrumental in opening five community services sites which continue to provide a breadth of social services, including case management, referral services and employment assistance to low-income individuals and families. Monsignor Cox has been serving the St. Anastasia community for over 30 years.

 

Father Thomas King
Pastor Emeritus

Father Tom served as Saint Anastasia Pastor from July 1, 2003 to June 30, 2010. Born in Venice in 1938, Father Tom was coming home when he was named Pastor at Saint Anastasia. Previously, he has served as Pastor at Saint Bernadette in Los Angeles and Saint Luke in Temple City. Father Tom was ordained in April 1964. His first assignment was as an Associate Pastor at Saint Louise de Marillac in Covina. He also served as Associate at Immaculate Conception in Monrovia and at Our Lady of Lourdes in Tujunga. During his service in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, Father Tom has also served as Administrator at Transfiguration Church.