Eleven priests will move to take on new assignments in the Archdiocese of Portland as of July 1.

Father Paolo Dayto

Pastor, St. Jude Parish in Eugene


Father Dayto returned in 2018 from leave in The Philippines, where he cared for his aging mother.

Born in 1983 in Daraga, Albay, Philippines, he has three sisters. He attended school in Legazpi City then went to Mater Salutis College in The Philippines, earning a bachelor’s degree in classical philosophy in 2006.

He entered Mount Angel Seminary and earned a bachelor’s degree in sacred theology in 2012 and a master of divinity degree in 2012.

His ministry as a seminarian and deacon included work Silverton, Corvallis and Portland.

He was ordained a priest on June 8, 2013, and was assigned as parochial vicar to St. James Parish in McMinnville.

After caring for his mother, Father Dayto returned to Oregon in 2018 and was named parochial vicar at St. Joseph Parish in Salem, the post he will hold until assuming ministry in Eugene on July 1.

Father Mariano Escano

Pastor, Sacred Heart, Tillamook and St. Joseph, Cloverdale and administrator of St. Mary by the Sea, Rockaway Beach


“This is what God wants me to do,” Father Escano told the Sentinel in 2011, reflecting on priesthood. He is grateful, he said, for how people allow him into their lives.

Born in 1974 in Quezon City, Philippines, he graduated from the University of the Philippines in 1998, having earned a degree in economics.

He entered the Divine Word Seminary in The Philippines in 1998, and graduated with a master’s degree in pastoral ministry in 2006. He entered Mount Angel Seminary that fall and completed a master of divinity degree in 2008.

He was ordained 2009. His first priestly assignment was as parochial vicar at St. Mary Parish in Eugene.

In 2011, he was named administrator of St. Helen Parish in Junction City and St. Rose of Lima in Monroe. In 2014, he became pastor of Our Lady of he Mountain Parish in Ashland.

Fr. Amalanathan Irudayaraj

Pastor, St. Francis, Sherwood


After the coronavirus pandemic shut the doors to the church in Tillamook, Father Irudayaraj — Father Amal to his parishioners — worried that members of his flock might be feeling adrift. He began sending letters to parishioners and phoned them in the evenings.

Father Amal was born in Nallamanaickenpatti village in southern India in 1965. He attended Arul Anandar College and Kamaraj University in Madurai, St. Paul Seminary in Trichy, and Annamalai University in Chidambaram for postgraduate work. He was ordained in 1991 for the Trichy Diocese. Father Amal, who is the nephew of Father Panneer Selvam, pastor of Our Lady of the Dunes Parish in Florence, came to the archdiocese in June 2005. He has served in Sublimity, Tigard Ascension Parish in Southeast Portland.

In 2016, he was assigned as pastor of Sacred Heart Parish, Tillamook, and administrator, St. Mary by the Sea in Rockaway.

Fr. Joseph Hung Nguyen

Pastor, St. Elizabeth of Hungary Parish, Southwest Portland


Father Nguyen told the Sentinel last autumn that there’s value in going by the book — especially when that book is the Archdiocesan Liturgical Handbook, issued by Archbishop Alexander Sample.

Father Nguyen was born in 1973 in Saigon, Vietnam. He came to the United States and earned a bachelor’s degree in computer engineering in 1999 from Portland State University. His home parish was Our Lady of La Vang in Northeast Portland. He worked at PSU until 2005, when he entered Mount Angel Seminary and was ordained in 2012.

Father Nguyen has served as parochial vicar at Ascension Parish in Southeast Portland, St. Anne in Grants Pass and St. Cecilia, Beaverton. He was temporary administrator of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish in Cottage Grove and its mission in Creswell.

Most recently, he was parochial vicar of St. James Parish in McMinnville, Good Shepherd Parish in Sheridan and St. Michael Parish in Grand Ronde.

Fr. Emmanuel Taylor

Pastor, St. Thomas More, Eugene


Father Taylor, a Dominican ordained in 2012, has been exploring the depths for a long time. Before discerning a call to religious life and then priesthood, he was on the crew of a research vessel, diving 10,000 feet into the ocean on a submarine. The perilous life got him thinking and he grew closer to God.

When his ship docked in Seattle, he would attend Blessed Sacrament Church and met the Dominicans there.

Father Taylor spent a year as a student in Kenya and is a student of the Spanish language. He also spent a formation year at the Newman Center in Eugene.

After he was ordained, Father Taylor was assigned to St. Dominic Church in San Francisco and then in 2015 to the campus ministry center at Stanford. Most recently, he has served as associate pastor at the University of Arizona Newman Center in Tucson where he focused on evangelization.

Fr. Andrew Thomas

Pastor, St. Philip Neri Parish, Southeast Portland


Leading a day of recollection last autumn for the Archdiocesan Council of Catholic Women, Father Thomas said he had confronted his own vulnerabilities in seminary when faced with health challenges and the death of his mother. He learned to “take five and pray,” he told the participants.

Archbishop John Vlazny ordained Father Thomas, a Pennsylvania native, in 2005 at St. Mary Cathedral.

One of three children, he earned a bachelor’s degree at Duquesne University in Pittsburg in 1998. He taught music and religion at Queen of Peace School in Salem before entering Mount Angel Seminary in 2000.

Father Thomas has served as parochial vicar at Our Lady of the Lake Parish in Lake Oswego, Sacred Heart in Medford and Holy Trinity in Beaverton. He has served as pastor at Holy Trinity Parish in Bandon and St. Mary Parish in Albany. Most recently, he was chaplain of Our Lady of Peace Retreat in Beaverton.

Fr. Brent Crowe

Administrator, Our Lady of the Mountain, Ashland


Father Crowe was born in Chico, California, in 1967. He earned a bachelor’s in general science from Oregon State University and worked as a biologist for the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife.

Crowe was drawn to Catholicism by an article in which Pope Benedict XVI refuted the notion that science and faith were in opposition. He entered Mount Angel Seminary in 2011 and spent his pastoral year at St. Mary Cathedral in Portland.

He was ordained a deacon in 2017 and then spent a summer serving at St. Cecilia Parish in Beaverton before serving as deacon at St. Rose of Lima Parish in Northeast Portland. He was ordained by Archbishop Alexander Sample June 2, 2018, as was assigned as parochial vicar of St. Cecilia Parish in Beaverton.

Fr. Peter Julia

Parochial vicar, St. Cecelia, Beaverton


Father Julia, a former rock climbing instructor and bicycle mechanic, was born in Brooklyn, New York, in 1979. He earned a bachelor’s from Baylor University, Texas.

Julia moved to Portland in 2008, where he had a number of eclectic jobs, including coach and salesman, before discerning a call to priesthood.

He studied at Mount Angel Seminary and the Pontifical North American College in Rome.

He was ordained June 15, 2019.

Father Julia served as parochial vicar of Immaculate Conception Parish in Stayton and Our Lady of Lourdes Parish in Jordan. He then went back to Rome to earn a master’s in spirituality at the Angelicum but returned to Oregon early due to the coronavirus. He completed a precautionary period of self-quarantine and his studies at the Griffin Center retreat house in Milwaukie.

Fr. Silverino Kwebuza

Parochial Vicar, St. Luke, Woodburn


Father Kwebuza, a member of the Apostles of Jesus, comes to the archdiocese from serving as a pastor in the Diocese of Alexandria in Louisiana. A native of Uganda, Father Kwebuza was ordained for the Apostles of Jesus in 1999. He has served at St. Cyril Chapel in Flatwoods, Louisiana, St. Joseph in Colfax, Louisiana, St. Patrick in Montgomery, Louisiana, St. Margaret in Boyce, Louisiana and St. Margaret Mary Chapel in Gorum, Louisiana.

Fr. Joseph Mujaeropiro

Parochial vicar, St. Joseph, Salem


Father Mujaeropiro, a member of the Apostle of Jesus community, was born in 1968 in South Sudan and attended school in South Sudan and Kenya. He was ordained for the Apostles of Jesus Aug. 23, 2003, by Bishop Paride Taban in a Ugandan refugee camp, where his mother was living.

He studied Arabic and Islamic studies in Egypt and Rome before attending the Angelicum in Rome, 2013-15.

Father Mujaeropiro served as a parochial vicar and then pastor of Holy Family-Blessed Sacrament and St. John Vianney Parish in the Bronx, New York, for several years before going to Rome to work on his doctoral dissertation on ecumenism and interreligious dialogue. He returned to New York early due to the coronavirus and his been residing at St. Angela Merici Church in the Bronx for the past few months.

Msgr. Richard Paperini

Entering senior status


A native of Oregon, Msgr. Paperini was born in Portland in 1950. He graduated from Central Catholic High School in 1969 before going on to study at Portland State University and then Mount Angel Seminary.

Msgr. Paperini was ordained by Archbishop Cornelius Power in 1977. The monsignor has served parishes around the archdiocese, including St. Henry in Gresham, St. Charles in Portland, St. Jude in Eugene, St. Luke in Woodburn and Christ the King in Milwaukie.

His work has not been limited to parish ministry, however. Msgr. Paperini spent decades in academia. He served on the faculty at Central Catholic and was chaplain at St. Mary of the Valley in Beaverton. In 1993, he joined Mount Angel Seminary, where he ended up spending nearly 20 years, first as a faculty member and then as president-rector. He became a monsignor in 2010. Msgr. Paperini returned to parish work in 2012. Most recently, he was pastor at St. Philip Neri in Southeast Portland.