Reverend Loreto B. Rojas
Parochial Vicar (2000-2003)
Pastor (July 2005 - August 2007)
Father Loreto "Bong" Rojas was born of Loreto and Aida Rojas in Bato, Catanduanes, Philippines. He is the youngest of eight children, and traditions within his family provide that the youngest son be nicknamed "Bong". His father, a medical doctor, made a strong impression on him by helping those who cannot afford the usually expensive medical attention. Thus he grew up with the desire to be of help to other people, especially those who are in need. He later realized that he can reach more people by becoming a priest.
He entered the high school seminary at the age of eleven. He then proceeded to enter the University of Santo Tomas where he earned the degrees of Bachelor of Philosophy, Licentiate in Philosophy, and a Bachelor of Arts in Classical Studies. While in college he was very involved in the arts.
In 1994 Fr. Bong came to California to be with his family. He attended St. Patrick's Seminary in Menlo Park where he earned a Bachelor of Sacred Theology, Master of Divinity, and a Master of Theology.
Fr. Bong has keen interests and exceptional talents in music (vocals, and varied instruments including classical guitar, bass guitar, piano, flute and percussion). He also enjoys many sports (tennis, racquetball, volleyball, and basketball).
Bishop William Weigand ordained Fr. Bong as a priest for the Diocese of Sacramento on May 29, 2000 at the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament. His first assignment as a priest was here at St. Isidore's as our Parochial Vicar where he remained until June 2003. At that time he went to Rome and completed his Licentiate in Dogmatic Theology at the Pontifical Gregorian University. Upon his leaving many parishioners noted that Fr. Bong enjoyed our community immensely, especially ministering to the children of the parish. "I love this parish" is a statement we often heard him say.
Fortunately for the parish community, Fr. Bong completed his studies just in time to come back to St. Isidore as our Pastor. He officially assumed these new responsibilities on July 2, 2005. Fr. Bong remained with us until August 13, 2007 when he was reassigned to St. James Parish in Davis, California.