Msgr. J. Michael McKiernan serves as the 35th pastor in a line of succession from Saint Junipero Serra, founder of the Historic Mission San Juan Capistrano.Msgr. McKiernan was ordained as a Diocesan Priest in the County of Orange on June 8, 1991. Prior to his post as Pastor and Rector of the dynamic Mission Campus, he was the founding Pastor of Christ Our Savior Catholic Church in Santa Ana and the Director of Clergy Personnel for the Diocese of Orange.
Msgr. McKiernan’s educational background includes a Master of Arts in Pastoral Liturgy from Santa Clara University, a Master of Arts in Theology and a Master of Divinity in Religion from Saint John’s Seminary College. He began his education with a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy also from Saint John’s Seminary College. Along with his many and varied duties at the Historic Mission, Church and School, Msgr. McKiernan also serves on the School Board of JSerra Catholic High School, on the Diocesan Council of Priests.
Fr. Robert Capone received First Holy Communion and Confirmation at Saint Kilian Catholic Church in Mission Viejo. Fr. Capone graduated from The University of San Diego in 1991 with a degree in Business Economics. He entered Saint John’s Seminary in 1994 earning a degree in Divinity and a Master of Arts in Religion. Fr. Robert was ordained in the jubilee year 2000 in the Diocese of Orange. He has served in the parishes of Holy Family, Saint Anne, Saint Joseph, Saint Vincent de Paul and Santiago de Compostela, most recently. Fr. Capone began ministry here at Mission Basilica in July of 2014.
Msgr. Holquin serves as Pastor Emeritus since retiring as Pastor of the Mission Basilica San Juan Capistrano in June of 2014. Msgr. Holquin continues to serve Mass for the parish and serves on many committees and boards including the Mission Preservation Foundation and the Design and Renovation Committee for the Diocese of Orange. While in service to the Historic Mission, Msgr. Holquin celebrated his fortieth year of ordination and continues the theme of his illustrious predecessors “Siempre Adelante,” always moving forward through preservation, education and spiritual growth for our local parish community.