clergy and parish staff

Father quan Tran

Administrator


Fr. Quan Tran was ordained in June 2011, and then he went back to Rome to complete his post-graduate studies in theology. In 2012 he was assigned to Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Newport Beach, and then Christ Cathedral. His last assignment was at St. Bonaventure in Huntington Beach, prior to becoming the Administrator of St. Hedwig Parish.

   Prior to entering the seminary, Fr. Tran worked as a Deputy District Attorney for the County of Orange for ten years. He received his Juris Doctor from Pepperdine University School of Law, and Bachelor in Business Administration from Bernard M. Baruch College in New York. For seminary training, Fr. Tran attended the Pontifical North American College (NAC) in Rome, while earning a Bachelor in Sacred Theology and a Licentiate in Sacred Theology from the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas, also known as the “Angelicum.”

   In 2017, Father started his Fullness of Grace apostolate to help Christians grow in their faith by forming a deep spiritual life in which they live out their vocations to holiness, intimacy with God, and bearing witness to Christ: www.fullnessofgrace.org. In November of 2020, Father published his first book, The Imitation of Mary: Keys to Growth in Virtue and Grace. Besides giving talks, retreats and spiritual direction, Father enjoys going for walks, exploring different cuisines, and contemplating the beauty of nature.

Deacon Gary mucho

Ordained in 2005, Deacon Gary was assigned to both St. Anne’s Parish in Seal Beach (2005–2013) and St. Hedwig Parish in Los Alamitos (2005–present). Served on the Deacon Personnel Board (2014–2020) and formulated the Diocese retirement criteria for deacons. While at both parishes was involved in RCIA, Marriage Annulments, Baptisms, Vigils, Funerals and Graveside services. He is a member of the Knights of Columbus.

   Deacon Gary graduated from Aquinas High School in San Bernardino in 1961 and earned a B.A. degree in 1966 from the University of Wyoming. He was commissioned into the USAF, became a senior pilot, and was awarded numerous combat decorations as a forward Air Controller in Vietnam and Cambodia.

   After obtaining a Master’s Degree in 1977, he accepted a position with the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) investigating aircraft accidents in the New York and Denver Field offices. In 1985, he was appointed the Regional Director to the NTSB office in Los Angeles and was awarded his Doctorate in Public Administration in 1990. He retired from the NTSB in 1999.

   He is married to Christine Ciasca (a former flight attendant, and a Human Resource specialist); has two children and three grandchildren. He loves traveling and relaxing with Chris during their “52 Weeks” of vacation time per year! Although officially retired from the Diaconate, Deacon Gary is still serving “because the work isn’t finished.”

Deacon Henry Eagar

Henry Eagar was ordained with the Class of the Joyful Servants in the Diocese of Orange in 2013. He grew up in a blue collar  neighborhood  in Los Angeles . His parents worked very hard to put him through Catholic School for both grade school and high  school ,graduating from Daniel Murphy in 1971.  He met his wife, Donna at Loyola Marymount in Los Angeles where is received his Business Degree.

   Henry was a business banker for over 40 years before retiring in 2017. He was very fortunate to spend the last 15 years of his career at Citizens Business Bank where management was very supportive of his formative years of the Diaconate.  The bank invited him numerous times to do the opening prayers at their Corporate Christmas parties, once he was ordained. He has a son who lives in the area and a daughter who lives in San Jose with her husband and their two children.

   Henry loves working on model trains.  Donna and Henry also love to travel and have made pilgrimages to Italy, France, Greece, Turkey and the Holy land. He and Donna both love serving their family and parish community.

cynthia ramirez

Business Manager


Cynthia was born Cynthia Magdalena Galentine in La Mirada, CA.  She is the second to the youngest of five children. Her mother was born in Miraflores, Peru and Cynthia was baptized in Lima Peru. She was raised Catholic and attended St. Bruno Catholic School in Whittier, until her family moved to a small Pennsylvania town where her father grew up called Beham. She was a "country girl" for 4 years before returning to California and attended St. Paul High School in Santa Fe Springs, CA.

   Cynthia met William in 1991, they have been married for 30 years, and have two amazing children, Nicholas, and Kathryn. The family moved to Rossmoor in 2003 and became parishioners of St. Hedwig Church. Nicholas and Kathryn attended S.R.E. classes and received their First Communion and Confirmation Sacraments at St. Hedwig. 

   Cynthia received her B.S. in Business Administration with a concentration in Finance at CSULB, had her own accounting business called Shoreline Accounting Services. She received her Master's degree in Educational Management, and taught Algebra at Cypress College with the continuing education program for several years..

   She feels blessed to be able to serve the Lord and her parish every single day. "I can do all things through him who strengthens me" Philippians 4:13

Chris Ord

Chris Ord has been married to his wife, Catherine, for the best decade of his life. Together they have three crazy little ones named Alaska, Harrison, and Anderson. Originally growing up at Holy Spirit Catholic Church, in Fountain Valley, where he met and married his wife and inspiration, he served there as Coordinator of Youth Ministry for several years before bringing his family here to St Hedwig.

   Chris considers himself a storyteller more than anything, specializing in telling the Greatest Story Ever Told in the Gospel and helping others to find their place in that story. His favorite bible passage is Genesis 2:7 "then the Lord God formed man of dust from the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul."

   He may seem intimidating with his roguish good looks and formerly athletic figure, but he's like totally a super nice guy. You should definitely say hi if you see him around. He's here all the time.

Joy Ferrufino

Joy has been working in the St. Hedwig Parish Office since September 2017. She first began as the part time receptionist and is now the Parish Office Coordinator. It brings her great happiness to serve parishioners in their many needs and work with the Parish Team on the many activities that make St. Hedwig Catholic Church a special place of faith.

   Joy was born and grew up in Baguio City, Philippines. She went to Catholic school from kindergarden to high school at Holy Family. She graduated from St. Paul College in Quezon City with a Bachelor of Science in Business Management. She enjoyed being a lector at mass in school and joined several school club activities. She loved playing tennis and softball in high school and college.

   Her professional career for 25 years was in medical billing and collections. It was during this time that she was performing triple duty: working from home, running the household and attending to the three sons’ activities.

   Joy has four brothers and she is the only girl. God had prepared her as now she has three sons. All are working on either their academic or professional careers. Her husband, Jose, a manufacturing engineer is now retired from the defense and aerospace industry.

Erin Rucker

Principal of Saint Hedwig School


Erin Rucker joined the St. Hedwig Community in 2012 as the Assistant Principal of St. Hedwig School. After 2 years in that role, she stepped into the role of Principal, leading the school community to provide a quality faith-filled education to students.

   She has been committed to Catholic education since her teaching career began in 2002 at St. Peter Catholic School in Boston Massachusetts. After three years teaching 5th grade, she moved back home to California, guiding students at St. Sebastian School in West Los Angeles. While she was teaching middle school language arts, she also served as Vice Principal and enjoyed this administrative role. After earning her Masters in Catholic Administration from Loyola Marymount University, she joined the St. Hedwig Community.  

   Her commitment to Catholic education was inspired by her positive experiences attending a Catholic elementary and high school. She is grateful for the sacrifices her parents made to ensure that she and her three siblings were able to benefit from a Catholic education.

Audra Meyerhofer

Music Director


Audra has been a Liturgical Musician, primarily on the piano and occasionally as cantor, for over 25 at St. Hedwig Catholic Church. As music opened up after the Covid shutdown, she was offered the position of . She currently oversees music selections for and serves at weekend Masses and special liturgies, assists at St Hedwig School liturgies, schedules Staff Musicians, rehearses with cantors, conducts the Adult Choir, and assists the Bereavement and Wedding Ministries. In the future, she hopes to introduce a new organ to the sanctuary, develop a Youth Ensemble at the 5pm Sunday Mass, re-start a parish-based Children’s Choir, and assist with the music needs of Bible Camp.

   A classically-trained pianist and accompanist, Audra graduated with a Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance from Chapman University in 1995. While at Chapman, she sang in the University Choir, was a student accompanist for vocalists, instrumentalists, and the Opera program, studied vocal pedagogy and composition, and took organ lessons. Working her way through college, she played for many funerals and weddings at venues around Orange County. Her most notable accompaniment jobs were for a Dutch choir, two high school choirs (one classical, one show), and the “Hour of Power Children’s Choir,” at the then-Crystal Cathedral.

   A convert to the Catholic faith, Audra draws inspiration for hymn selection from her love of Scripture, and her rich-heritage in Christian music. She accompanied her church choir throughout high school, directed a Praise and Worship Band in college, and taught music and a Children’s Choir at St. Cornelius Catholic School in Long Beach before having a family of her own. Most recently, she was the Choir Organist for Our Lady of Refuge Church in Long Beach.

   In her spare time, Audra performs at Assisted Living facilities and for Alzheimer patients. She enjoys most styles of music, especially the Scripture-rich older hymns because they helped lead her to the Catholic liturgy and her love of our Lord in Communion. She has a heart for teens and helping the next generation of musicians develop for service in the Catholic liturgy.

   Audra was married 26 years ago in St. Hedwig Catholic Church, and has participated in ministries centered around Religious Education and music. She has five children, all of whom have attended Religious Education here at St. Hedwig, and who attend schools in Los Alamitos. 

Al Ramirez

Al Ramirez was born in Puebla de los Angeles, Town of Angels. From a Catholic family he grew up in Mexico City. His studies were in public schools. He remembers as a young man he practiced canoeing in Mexico for several years. He learned trades like cooking Mexican dishes which would later help him find work when he migrated to California.

   In Los Angeles he worked in restaurants, the steel industry, construction, and my latest work for the past 30 years has been at Saint Hedwig Catholic Church. The work here has been a true blessing to work with an amazing staff and priests. Through my work here and dedicating my time with Knight of Columbus, I have been able to find more love for God and serve the community. Overall, I have been a father and husband to my wife Denise and 4 children with a lovely 10 grandchildren.

Susan Rossi

As a new staff member of St. Hedwig, helping parishioners with their needs is truly a passion to Susan to make all that come to St. Hedwig's welcome. Susan looks at each day as an opportunity to provide service, support and guidance in the many roles of the front office.

   Prior to working at St. Hedwig, Susan was employed by ADP in the areas of compliance, financial monitoring and customer service. Susan completed her studies in the Pacific Northwest obtaining a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Art and Communications at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Washington.

   Susan is currently a parishioner of St. Bonaventure in Huntington Beach where she has been a member of the Bereavement Ministry for the last two years. Susan is also an active member of the Italian Catholic Federation Branch 379. Susan is a fond follower of the Sisters of Life in New York. Believing in their charism, that we belong to a great love, an eternal love and that we are made to love.

Lisa Giacomi

Lisa was born and raised in Southern California. She graduated from California State University, Long Beach with a degree in English Education and worked for the Diocese of Orange and for St. Irenaeus in Cypress before becoming a stay-at-home homeschooling mom. She and her husband, Jeff, have been married for 29 years and have four children, three sons and one daughter.

   She has worked as the bulletin editor for St. Irenaeus for 20 years and is excited to join the team here at St. Hedwig. Her family has been a part of Troop 671 here at St. Hedwig since 2010 and has always felt very welcome here. Her husband served as Scoutmaster from 2014-2020 and as of 10/26/21 all three sons have earned the rank of Eagle Scout!

Alexander quan

Administrative Assistant to the Office of Faith Formation


Alex was born and raised in Orange County, growing up in Tustin/Irvine area. He has a degree in Kinesiology from CSUF.

   In 2012, Alexander decided to move to Avila, Spain to study the great mystics St. Teresa of Avila and St. John of the Cross. By the grace of God, he then moved to Dublin, Ireland where he obtained a degree in International Business.

   Upon returning to the states in 2016, he went into the real estate industry and helped lead a team of real estate specialist. During this time, Alexander was here at St. Hedwig for a brief period in 2017-2018.

Alexander is married to Gina, and they have two boys (ages 2 years old and 2 months old). They love to bring their children to daily mass and adoration. He loves ministries like Unbound, Alpha, FLOCC and helping people deepen their faith.