I am a San Francisco native born out of Chinatown’s Chinese Hospital also here in San Francisco. I lived in North Beach/Russian Hill San Francisco and attended local schools such as Jean Parker, Washington Irving, Francisco, Galileo, City College of San Francisco (AA 1969) and San Francisco State University (BA Liberal Studies 1979).
In 1970 to 1973 I tried life as a monk in the Order of the Holy Cross residing both in West Park, NY and Santa Barbara, CA. In between my college years 1966-1979, I had a lot of work experience including work as the Assistant Cathedral Verger at Washington National Cathedral during the Bicentennial Year. It was one of my more fun jobs. I also had an opportunity to be in Alfred Hitchcock’s last film, Family Plot. Ironically, I played the Bishop’s Chaplain.
It wasn’t until a mentor and good friend (who has since gone home to God), encouraged me to enroll with the School for Deacons that my stagnated spiritual life started waking up. I attended with the intention of just getting a theological education but ended up being ordained at the end (Bachelors Theological Studies BTS 1995-2001). It was, needless to say, a big change in my life during the 1990’s and early 21st century.
I served for eleven years at True Sunshine Church in San Francisco’s Chinatown and I was ordained into the Sacred Order of Deacons in December 2004. During this time I worked as Lay Associate and Deacon, working with the parish in a bilingual ministry to the Chinese and recent immigrant communities. I left there as the Deacon Emeritus, a unique title at this parish.
My present ministries include being the Bishop’s Liaison to the Cursillo community with the San Francisco General Secretariat along with a friend and counterpart in the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of San Francisco, making this one of the few ecumenical communities left in this country. In my other ecumenical ministry, the LGBTQ ministry at Dignity San Francisco, I serve as their Sacristan and helped standardize their liturgical practices so that each weekly Eucharist now functions in the same mode. I am also a participating member of the Clergy and Lay United in Economic Justice (CLUE-SF), which is supporting San Francisco hotel workers in their current labor dispute.