Rev. Vincent Mesi, OFM

Rev. Vincent Mesi, OFM

Fr. Vince is a native of San Jose, California. His family background is Sicilian with his grandparents coming from Sicily in the early 1900s. He attended schools in San Jose until he graduated in 1967 from San Luis Rey College, which at that time, was here on the grounds of Mission San Luis Rey! After graduation, Fr. Vince entered the Franciscan Novitiate at
Mission San Miguel and then after his first vows, he entered the Franciscan School of Theology for his theological studies and ordination to the priesthood on October 28, 1972. Over these years since ordination, Fr. Vince has worked in a number of parishes as pastor, including Mission Santa Barbara and St. Mary’s Basilica in Phoenix. For a brief time, he has also been involved in the retreat ministry at San Damiano Retreat in Danville, California. Most recently, Fr. Vince has been Guardian and Director of Formation at St. Elizabeth’s Friary in Oakland, which is the provincial headquarters for the Franciscans of the St. Barbara Province.

With the election of Fr. David as Provincial of the St. Barbara Province in 2016, Fr. Vince was assigned as the pastor here at Mission San Luis Rey Parish.  He has brought a number of gifts to this parish but most especially his deep love for the Liturgy and liturgical music.