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.

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REVEREND sergio Ramos


Father Sergio Ramos comes to the Mission Basilica parish from La Purisima Catholic Church in Orange. You may know him from his time at Our Lady of Fatima Church in San Clemente. He is 52 years old and has been in the priesthood for twenty years. His hometown is Ajijic, Jalisco, Mexico. He loves to swim, and his first job was being a milkman. He says that his most memorable experience was his ordination as a priest by Blessed John Paul II at Saint Peter’s Basilica in 1999.

His favorite scripture is from Isaiah 55: 10-11 – “For just as from the heavens the rain and snow come down And do not return there till they have watered the earth, making it fertile and fruitful, Giving seed to him who sows and bread to him who eats, So shall my word be that goes forth from my mouth; It shall not return to me void, but shall do my will, achieving the end for which I sent it.”




In retirement, Msgr. Holquin continues to serve on many committees in the Diocese of Orange including the Design and Renovation Committee for the Christ Cathedral. 

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gary griffin


Deacon Gary Griffin and his wife Robin have been married for 36 years and have three adult children. Their children are Kevin, Colin and Erin. Kevin and his wife Lizzie have a son named Declan with a second grandchild for Gary and Robin on the way!

Gary and Robin became parishioners of Mission Basilica in 1986. Their children attended Mission Basilica School and Santa Margarita Catholic High School, moving on to Santa Clara, LMU and TCU.

Deacon Gary was ordained in 2009. Robin and Gary have been involved in ministry throughout their lives including teen ministry, family retreat ministry, women’s ministry, outreach ministry and detention ministry.

Prior to their marriage, they were both involved in mission work overseas. Deacon Gary worked in Bangladesh with the Mennonite Central Committee in agricultural development and Robin worked with Food for the Hungry in Thailand providing relief to refugees from Vietnam, Cambodia and Southeast Asia.

A professional in Renewable Energy Management, Deacon Gary uses his knowledge and experience to help parishes fund their ministry needs by reducing operating costs through increased use of Solar Energy.

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humberto ramirez


Deacon Humberto Ramirez and his wife Julia come to us from Santiago de Compostela Parish in Lake Forest. He has been a Deacon for 3 ½ years being ordained on October 16, 2015.

Deacon Ramirez was born in Zacatecas, Mexico and his wife in Jalisco, Mexico. He came to the United States when he was 15 years old. He comes from a family of six brothers and three sisters. He met his wife when he was 19 and they married a year later. They have been married for 43 wonderful years. Together, they have two daughters, one son and six grandchildren.

Deacon Ramirez loves reading good books and most of all sharing his faith in Jesus Christ. He takes every opportunity to spread the gospel and invite people back into our faith. He wishes to express that he and his wife feel very blessed to come to this beautiful Basilica and are very excited to serve this community.

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