Looking back over the years at our parish, St. John Apostle and Evangelist Church in Mililani, we have seen our vision and our goals change and evolve throughout the decades.
It was on July 15, 1969 when His Excellency Bishop John J. Scanlan first announced, at St. Joseph in Waipahu, the good news of a new parish to be called St. John the Apostle and Evangelist Parish to serve Catholics in central Oahu. The first parish Mass was celebrated in Mililani Mortuary Chapel on September 14, 1969. On May 17, 1970, the ground of the present church was blessed and broken. St. John Apostle and Evangelist was formally dedicated on the feast of the Assumption of Our Blessed Mother, on August 15, 1971 by H.E. John J. Scanlan, Bishop of Honolulu. Over the years, we have grown to meet the needs of our community. The rectory and parish center were added in 1979. The yearlong (2003-2004) renovation of the church created a lighter and airier environment, and also included the creation of the Blessed Sacrament Chapel.
The first pastor and founder of our parish was +Fr. Anthony Pascale (1969-1972). He was succeeded by Fr. Edward Turner (1972-1986), Fr. Gary Secor (1986-1998), Fr. Nathan Mamo (1998-1999), and Fr. Gordian Carvalho (1999-2007). Fr. Adrian Gervacio (January – June 2007) was administrator before Fr. Manuel Hewe became pastor (2007 – 2011). Currently, our pastor is Msgr. John Mbinda (2011 to present). Fifteen other priests and three permanent deacons have also served our parish, and in 1991, the parish hired the first lay Pastoral Associate.
Priests who have served as associates/Parochial Vicars are as follows: Fr. Frank Parker, S.J. (1973), Fr. Dennis Koshko (who served as deacon for almost a year, 1974-1975, before his ordination here at St. John), Fr. George Rozycki (1978), Fr. Bob Hannon (1979), Fr. Paul Evers (1980), +Fr. Eli Carter (1982), Fr. Bob Brodeur (1995), Fr. Juanito Santos de Dios (1986), Fr. Arthur O’Brien (1986), Fr. Gordian Carvalho (1987), +Fr. Alan Blanchard (1993), Fr. Steve Macedo (1993), Fr. Manuel Hewe (2002), Fr. Salvador Bringas (2004), Fr. Paul Li (2007), Fr. Cletus Mooya (2009), and Fr. Ronie Pillos (2012). Priest in residence were Fr. Joseph Carroll (1976), +Fr. Seraphin N. Schiavone, OFM (1984), +Fr. Tom Killackey (1995), and Fr. Joel Panzer (2009). Currently our parish has two Deacons: Deacon Wally Mitsui and Deacon Modesto Cordero.
In September 2011, St. John Apostle and Evangelist parish was blessed to have two sisters for the first time from the Sisters of St. Paul de Chartes. Sr. Alma Esmero, SPC is the Director of Religious Education, while Sr. Jane Tion, SPC is the Parish Pastoral Associate.
The parish has been in existence for over four decades with a wonderful and proud heritage. We look forward to what the Lord will bring to us. May God Bless St. John Apostle and Evangelist Church of Mililani!
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