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Rev. Cyril O'Sullivan - Pastor

Father Cyril J. O'Sullivan, a native of Cork, was ordained in 1980 in Ireland for the Archdiocese of San Francisco. He is our present pastor and the dean of Marin deanery. Father O' is proud of his Irish heritage. His homilies often recount stories of his faith experience rooted from his culture. Father enjoys soccer and music. He plays many instruments including the Uilleann pipes and the tin whistles. Parishioners enjoy his Irish humor and head-to-toe colorful outfits. Fr. O' can be reached at 1-415-479-1560 ext. 21.

 

Rev. Ephrem Tillya - Parochial Vicar

Father Ephrem R. Tillya was born and raised in Tanzania on the highlands of Mount Kilimanjaro, the second highest mountain in the world.  Fr. Ephrem has six siblings.  He went to the Seminary for priesthood formation in Tanzania and was ordained priest on July 15, 2003 in the Catholic Archdiocese of Arusha – Tanzania. Fr. Ephrem came to the United States in 2018 for a one-year chaplaincy course. Fr. Ephrem says, “I am very happy to have this opportunity to serve the people of God at Saint Isabella parish as an associate pastor and chaplain for Kaiser and Novato Community Hospital. I love the place because of the kindness and generous heart of the parishioners. I really enjoy exercising, especially jogging and hiking.” Fr. Ephrem can be reached at 1-415-479-1560 ext. 14.

 

Rev. Neil Healy - Priest in Residence

Fr. Neil can be reached at 1-415-479-1560 ext. 15.

 

Rev. Mr. Graham Cumming, Deacon

 

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Bro. Agapetos

Introduction from Father Agapetos, “I am proud to be a monk from a small, French, monastic contemplative, Carthusian style with extensive oriental tradition, community often simply named “Bethlehem”. “Bethlehem” has been pontifically approved since 1988. “Bethlehem” started with only sisters in 1950, at the time Mother Teresa started the MC’s. The monks began shortly before I entered the community in 1978. Prior to that, I was a lay member of “Bethlehem” for 10 years. The next deep and enriching joy in my life was my ordination as a priest in 1993.  Since 2015, I have been mostly living outside of my community, in India and in Ethiopia. At my regret, and at the regret of the Bishops and Cardinal whom I was serving, I had to leave India because of purely governmental visa obstacles and Ethiopia because I was not able to maintain enough good health. In “Bethlehem” we define ourselves as “hermits”. At this stage in my life, I receive the mission to pursue my “Bethlehem vocation” under some form as a “Diocesan Hermit.” Fr. Agapetos present aim is to know better the Hispanic Canal District of San Rafael to serve the Catholic Church among the poor.

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