El Padrecito Ministries
Through Mary, in Mary, for Mary -
Bringing all souls, especially those of our youth, back to the Church
Who We Are
El Padrecito Ministries is a non-profit located in Guadalupe, California, located in the northernmost region of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. The non-profit was founded to work with youth, providing both direct evangelization (instruction on the faith, talks, music, etc.) and indirect evangelization (folklorico, arts classes, etc.). The youth ministry was founded by Father Masseo Gonzales, who as a youth, had a juvenile record, dropped out of high school, and eventually lost a portion of his right leg in a street fight. After his conversion he joined the Franciscans, became a Catholic Priest and now works with youth full-time. The non-profit was incorporated in 2006, has the support of the leadership of St. Joseph Cupertino Province of the Conventual Franciscans, the province to which Fr. Masseo Gonzales belongs, and operates within the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, where Fr. Masseo Gonzales has his temporary faculties, as his full-time faculties are in the neighboring Diocese of Monterey. Fr. Masseo Gonzales regularly assist at local parishes in both the Diocese of Monterey and the Archdiocese of Los Angeles
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What We Do
El Padrecito's Youth center in Guadalupe, California, has resumed its programs of art, dance, music, etc. as of Spring 2021 in compliance with local and state regulations. Through the creative work of Father Masseo Gonzales, El Padrecito Ministries will continue its involvement in production, producing, speaking engagements, concerts, and more in an effort to bring "our children, through the intercession of our blessed mother, back to the church."
Father Masseo Gonzales, using the stage moniker El Padrecito, has spoken and/or performed at various confirmation retreats, youth events, mostly in the United States, but also at World Youth Days Brazil (2013) and Panama (2019). Here is a list some of the events. Should you be interested in booking him please call 805-219-0441
Our art program of about 20 students, from ages 7 to 12, is one of our newest and highly successful. Classes resumed in March, 2021 and concluded with a successful art show in June, 2021. Classes will continue this September, with a growing waitlist of eager students.
At the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, El Padrecito Ministries launched its own store selling Catholic themed face coverings. El Padrecito’s Store has broadened it’s products and now has everything from bibles, rosaries, religious books, Catholic apparel, statues, and more. The store proudly employs four local college students.
Father Masseo Gonzales, under the stage moniker “El Padrecito,” has toured around the world (two World Youth Days, Brazil and Panama), and presented and performed at the largest Catholic youth gatherings in the United States, National Catholic Youth Conference (2x), Congreso de Jovenes (Los Angeles), On Fire (Northern California), Archdioceses of New York, Los Angeles, and in many states throughout the country. Most of his performances and presentations have included FoundNation, arguably one of the more prolific Catholic hip-hop groups in the United States. In 2021, he begun a new “Hip Hop & Tacos” tour starting in Hollywood, CA, with more cities and dates to come.
By hiring local, quality instructors, El Padrecito Ministries has had a strong folkorico program for roughly ten years. The group performs roughly 40 times a year on the Central Coast of California, at times also highlighting vocalists, and has won a few prestigious awards at local parades. The program resumed classes in March, 2021.