Favorite Quote: “Some people cause happiness wherever they go, others cause happiness whenever they go.” —Oscar Wilde
Favorite Ice Cream Flavor: Coconut
Soundtrack to your life: Let it be -The Beatles
Favorite Disney Movie: Fantasia
Favorite Event Memory: Jackie (bride) emotionally overwhelmed by the fact that Adam (groom) had memorized his vows.
Your Nickname: Rock
Father Geoff travels throughout So Cal to do ceremonies.
Favorite Quote: “No problem can be solved by the same consviousness that caused it.” —Albert Einstein
Favorite Ice Cream Flavor: French Silk
Soundtrack to your life: Braveheart
Favorite Disney Movie: Inside Out
Favorite Event Memory: Father of the Bride singing the processional music
Your Nickname: Father Love
Father Jack was born in Lynwood, California. While growing up, his family belonged to St. Rose of Lima Church in Maywood. He began his preparation for the priesthood by entering the minor seminary of the Congregation of the Mission, the community founded by St. Vincent de Paul. By April of 1980, he had taken vows and been ordained deacon by Bishop Daniel Kucera, Auxiliary Bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Joliett, Illinois.
Feeling called to special ministry as a deacon, Fr. Jack delayed petitioning for ordination to the priesthood. Instead, his community put him through additional training and certification at the Johnson Institute in Minnesota, which prepared him to serve families with members addicted to alcohol and other drugs.
In 1986, Father Jack co-founded the Family Intervention Center and Services (FICS). He currently sits on two Los Angeles County Commissions: the Commission on Alcoholism, and the Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs Commission. He also directs the Training Institute for Addiction Counselors (TIAC), and is on the faculty of Cypress College, teaching in the Human Services Department.
His parochial assignments in the Roman Catholic Church included St. Vincent de Paul Church in Los Angeles, and Miraculous Medal Church in Montebello, California. Father Jack joined our pastoral staff in January of 1998 and became director of our ministry to engaged couples. Acknowledging God's call to the priesthood, he was ordained on February 7, 1999 by Bishop E. Paul Raible. He is bilingual, speaking English and Spanish.
He is based in Lakewood.
Favorite Quote: “No union is more profound than marriage, for it embodies the highest ideals of love, fidelity, devotion, sacrifice, and family. In forming a marital union, two people become something greater than once they were.” —Justice Anthony Kennedy
Favorite Ice Cream Flavor: Mint Chocolate Chip
Soundtrack to your life: The Mission- soundtrack to the film The Mission
Favorite Disney Movie: Aladdin
Favorite Event Memory: The first time i heard face to face confessions, when I looked at each person's face as they heard the words of absolution and I told them how much God loves them.
Your Nickname: 300 (because of my beard)
FATHER DON GRASHA