"Through Mary, in Mary, for Mary –
Bringing all souls, especially those of our children, back to the Church"


who we are

Although baptized, raised in Catholic schools and confirmed, Fr. Masseo had drifted from his childhood faith and found himself in trouble as a teenager. He was expelled from high school, had acquired a juvenile record, and lost a portion of his right leg as a result of a street fight at the age of 19.

After a series of religious experiences he was led to the Conventual Franciscans of California, who had recently taken over his neighborhood parish, St. Paul the Apostle, in San Pablo, CA. It was at this time that Father Masseo discovered his “vocation within a vocation,” which was to work full time with unchurched youth (those similar to him). And that was the impetus for beginning El Padrecito Ministries, Inc.  A bit more detail on the non-profit can be found on our homepage. 

The ministry was officially incorporated in 2006 as a non-profit 501(c)(3). Your donations are tax-deductible.

Thank you!​