A Eucharistic family of socially and culturally diverse people.
Founded in 1924 as a mission parish, La Purisima is a Eucharistic family of socially and culturally diverse people. As a welcoming community of faith, inspired by the Holy Spirit, we reach out, evangelize and serve others in the spirit of the Gospel.
Messages can be left for any of our Priests by calling the Parish Office.
Rev. Bill Barman
I was born in Sweetwater, Texas, on December 11, 1954. I am the eldest son, number three in birth order, with three brothers and three sisters. Though we were all raised in rural Orange County, I’m the only sibling still residing here. I was educated at Our Lady of Guadalupe primary school in La Habra, St. Paul High in Santa Fe Springs, and St. John’s Seminary in Camarillo for College and Graduate studies. I was ordained a priest of the Diocese of Orange on June 13, 1981. I have been in pastoral, parish ministry since that time. I pray in four languages, preach in three languages, and dine in many more languages! My friends would tell you: “Bill’s always begging for one thing or another; always doing something for the poor.”
Rev. Randy Guillen
I was born and raised in Santa Ana, a third generation Californian. Although I was ordained for the Archdiocese of Newark, NJ, it was here that my vocation was born, through the experience of the Neo-Catechumenal Way. Before entering the seminary I heard God’s call and was sent to do missionary work in Arizona and Northern California. It was after this that I went to the seminary in March 1990. After my ordination in 1996, I served in the Archdiocese of Newark. Sometime later in 1999, I was sent to work with Hispanics in Delaware. After four years I returned to Newark. I have served previously in the Diocese of Orange, working at St. Anne Parish in Santa Ana for 7 years. I enjoy serving the people of La Purisima!
Rev. Nicolas Nguyen
I was born in Bien Hoa, Vietnam, the third of seven children, five girls and two boys. When I was ten years old, my family escaped Vietnam by boat. After 8 nights in the Pacific Ocean, we finally arrived safely in Malaysia. We stayed in the refugee camps there for seven months. Eventually, we were sponsored by three uncles living in the U.S. and were transferred to the Philippines for another six months before being admitted to the U.S. where we settled in Garden Grove.
From a young age, I actively served my parish. This upbringing motivated me to discern if I had a vocation to the priesthood. At one point, I was “on fire” to become a missionary and so I joined the Maryknoll Fathers. However, things sometimes don’t work out the way we plan for them. After studying Philosophy in Chicago, I returned to Orange County where I worked and continued discerning my vocation. The Diocese of Orange accepted me and sent me to study Theology at St. Patrick’s seminary in Menlo Park in San Francisco. I was ordained on June 11, 2011, and have served in several parishes before coming to LP. I am happy to be here and want to be at your service.
Messages can be left for any of our Deacons by calling the Parish Office.
Dr. Anthony Bube
Born in 1922 and one of ten children, Deacon Tony grew up in Athens, Wisconsin on a farm. After serving 22 years in the U.S. Marine Corps, Tony became involved in public school administration for another 22 years, and has been on the staff at La Purisima School for the past 22 years. He and his wife Marion (who passed from this life in 2000) had 5 children, Michael, Terry, John, Cecilia, and Mary. Deacon Tony was ordained in June 1984 and was La Purisima’s first deacon. He has been serving the parish ever since.
Our newest deacon, Tin Nguyen was ordained May 21, 2011, to serve in his home parish, La Purisima. Born in Saigon, Vietnam, Tin comes from a big family. They all escaped in 1975, his family being sponsored by St. Irenaeus Church in Cypress, to begin their new life in America. After receiving his degree from UCI, Tin began his career and met his wife, Uyen-Lan in Santa Monica. They have two sons and a daughter. They manage to keep busy in ministries here at La Purisima and owe their gratitude to the support and love from many people of La Purisima Parish for the encouragement to enter the Diaconate program, and prayers to sustain them during the 4-year process.
Tim O'Donoghue "O'D"
I was ordained as a permanent deacon for the Diocese of Orange on October 15th, 2015. It is a tremendous honor to serve in my home parish of La Purisima where I have been a member for the past 15 years. I have been married to my wife Michelle for the past 22 years and have two kids, Matthew (19) and Haley (22). Currently, I work as a high school principal and have spent over 30 years as a coach, teacher, and school administrator in the Tustin Unified School District. In my free time, I enjoy jogging, reading, watching sports, and coaching youth sports.
Hello! I am Deacon Ricardo Barraza. I am 54 years old and I was born in Ensenada, Baja California. I have been a member of La Purisima Parish since 2003. I have been married with my wife Iracema Luna de Barraza for thirty-one years. We have been blessed with five children: Oscar, Carolina, Margarita, Beatriz Adriana, & Ricardo Jr. I come from a large family of ten siblings; I have five brothers and five sisters.