As I begin my ministry here at Saint Columba I wanted to introduce myself. I was born in Wilmington, Delaware, the fourth of six children. My family moved to San Diego when I was about six years old. We were parishioners of Our Lady of Grace parish in El Cajon where I also attended elementary school. Following elementary school I attended Saint Augustine High School.
Upon graduation from high school I was accepted into Saint Francis Seminary at the University of San Diego. I completed my B.A. at USD and continued my formation for the priesthood at the North American College in Rome while completing my graduate degree in theology at the Gregorian University.
I was ordained for the Diocese of San Diego in June of 1993. Since ordination I have had assignments in both parish ministry and diocesan administration. I began my priesthood as an associate pastor at Saint Michael’s parish in Paradise Hills. I then went on to serve at St. Rose of Lima, Chula Vista, St. Martin of Tours, La Mesa then as the Rector of the Immaculata, USD, Pastor of Queen of Angels in Alpine, St. Charles Borromeo, Loma Portal and most recently at Saint Agnes in Point Loma,. In addition to my parish ministry I have also served in diocesan administration as the assistant to Bishop Brom and as the Vice-Rector of St. Francis Seminary. In 2002 I completed a degree in Canon Law from the Catholic University of America and I currently serve as the Adjutant Judicial Vicar for the Diocese of San Diego.
For over 60 years Saint Columba has served as a powerful witness to the Catholic faith in the community of Serra Mesa and beyond. We have embraced our mission to spread and live the word of God by following in the footsteps of Jesus Christ and by handing on the Catholic faith through our school and religious education programs.
Transitions and change can be challenging for all of us, however, I am grateful for the opportunity to become part of the community of Saint Columba and I am looking forward to getting to know and work with all of you.
Let us make the prayer of Saint Columba our own when he wrote: O Lord, grant us that love which can never die, which will enkindle our lamps but not extinguish them, so that they may shine in us and bring light to others. Amen.
Fr. Ed McNulty