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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   

Father Masseo Gonzales

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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."


Pope Francis, World Youth Day 2013