El Padrecito Ministries

Board of Directors

Father Masseo Gonzales
Father Masseo Gonzales
AKA El Padrecito

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 in 1985, 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 northernmost region of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. His full-time faculties are in the Diocese of Monterey, in whose parishes Father Masseo regularly assists on weekends, in particular at “Chapel Hill,” in Shandon, California. Father Masseo also enjoys faculties in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, as that is where he finds himself regularly working with youth. He currently resides at the Franciscan Novitiate in Arroyo Grande, Ca.

Trent Benedetti

Trent J. Benedetti, CPA, CFP, received his bachelor degree from California Polytechnic University, Pomona in Accounting and Business Administration in 1981.  He is a licensed Certified Public Accountant, Certified Financial Planner™ and Registered Investment Advisor.  Benedetti is the sole owner of Benedetti & Associates, CPA, Inc. and Benedetti Financial, Inc. The companies provide tax preparation, consulting, and investment advisory services to individuals, businesses and tax-exempt entities.

 Benedetti is a Trustee on the Santa Barbara County Employee Retirement System board. Benedetti is the Chairman of the Saint Louis de Montfort Finance Committee, serving on the board since 2008. Benedetti is Treasurer of the Los Padres Boy Scouts Council. 

Benedetti is a founding board member of El Padrecito Ministries.

Benedetti also serves as Chair of the St. Louis de Montfort Finance Committee.  Additionally, and he serves as a Master Catechist for the Los Angeles Archdiocese. He served nine years on the board of the Santa Maria Valley Chamber of Commerce, in 2012-13 Benedetti was the Chairman of the Board.  Married to Barbara for over 40 years, Benedetti has four children and nine grandchildren.

David Sanchez

David D. Sanchez has been a parishioner with St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Arroyo Grande CA for over 30 years and a member of the Knights of Columbus Council #1375 and the Italian Catholic Federation Branch 291 at St. Patrick’s parish.  He is very active at St. Patrick’s often assisting at Sunday Masses and parish events.  He is married to Keely Sanchez and they have one daughter, a son-in-law and two granddaughters.  

Dave is a retired Peace Officer of 29 years with the Arroyo Grande Police Department, Arroyo Grande CA and retired Adjunct Instructor Emeritus with Cuesta College in San Luis Obispo CA.  He currently operates his own Private Investigation Agency with 13 years in business.  Dave has been a board member of El Padrecito Ministries since its inception where he currently serves as Treasurer.