Father Leszek Semik
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
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.