Ministers at Saint Anthony’s

We welcome the progressive leadership of Pope Francis and many of his transforming reforms of the Institutional Church.  Through our almost 45 years, most under the leadership of the Franciscan Order of priests and brothers, we have acted on our call to “Serve All the People of God” through committed service to the surrounding community, to the suffering at our borders, to one another, and to our God.  Since September 2010 we have been an official 501C3  Independent Catholic Community allowing for ordained married priests and women to lead us in our Eucharistic Celebrations. Below is a word cloud we did from a survey taken from our members:
Some pictures of recent events:


Masked and Covid vaccinated with booster required for all our activities since 2020:  We Care about Others so all of us are Vaccinated and Boosted.


 Music Ministry:  Betty Pierskalla, Don George, Sue Mueller

We are always looking for new Choir Members.

  Bread bakers and Communications: Facilitator: Ingrid.  Breadbakers:   Ann, Sandra, Jane, Dee

Social Justice Coordinators:Jane Fehrenbacher and Lee Menichella (Newsletter, Alzheimer Walk, Transition House)

Minister of Lectors and Proclaimers of the Word.  Facilitator: Mrs. Carol Sauceda

Sacristans: Steve Cabanatuan and Des O’Neil
Board Members: 
President:  Jane Fehrenbacher
Sue Mellor:  Secretary
Carol Suceda:  Treasurer

Representatives:  Peter DeLapa
Don George
Clergy Representative: Rev. Cindy /Substitute Rev. Dudley
*Past Presidents:  Don George, Ken Pierskalla and Steve Cabanatuan 

Active Ordained Priests:

Dudley Conneely is a lifelong humanitarian who has worked for 35 years with international non-profit organizations in some of the poorest countries in the world. His first post was in Bolivia where he served as Country Director of Project Concern International organizing and implementing sustainable, community-based, integral development projects. From 2000 to 2008 Dudley served as the director for Emergency Disaster Response teams in Darfur, Sudan, Kabul, Afghanistan, Basra Iraq and in the city of New Orleans during the Katrina disaster. These experiences prepared Dudley for his position as Executive Director of EyeShine, a Santa Barbara non-profit that serves the Recreational and Education needs of Special Populations and their families. Dudley has a Bachelor of Arts, a Masters of Education and Masters of Divinity degrees from the University of the State of New York. He was Ordained as a  Maryknoll Catholic priest.Dudley has eight children and lives with his wife Mary in Goleta CA.  He is known for his wonderful sense of wonder and humor.  He became active with Saint Anthony’s Community in 2010.
He can be reached at: or at EyeShine at:   


Rev. Dr. Grandma Cynthia Yoshitomi
is a native Californian and Angeleno who was raised in a multi-cultural neighborhood and an inter-religious family. Cynthia Yoshitomi was ordained on September 24th, 2017 at Saint Anthony’s Chapel in Santa Barbara.  She was called forward to serve as a married woman priest by the Saint Anthony’s Community in 2016 while serving as a Roman Catholic WomanPriest Deacon (Ordained in 2013 at La Casa de Maria Santa Barbara).  Cynthia attended Saint Mary Magdalen School in Los Angeles, CA. She graduated from Reseda High School in 1965.  She holds a BA in  Therapeutic Recreation and Leisure Studies; An MA in Educational Administration from Arizona State University and a Doctorate in Ministry from Global Ministries (2016). Working with the poor, disabled and disenfranchised has been Cynthia’s work throughout her life. For more than Twenty Years Cindy worked in Campus Ministry at Occidental College and UCLA.  She was elected Chair of the Los Angeles Archdiocese Task Force on the Status of Women in the Church in 1980-1982.  She and others were responsible for developing “listening sessions” in over 325 parishes on the Status of Women in Church and Society.  She also served for over 10 years as a Human Relations (NCCJ) trainer for the Empathy Building Process called Green Circle Program in the Western Region of the United States. From 2006-2010 she owned and operated Tea by The Sea in Ventura California using the Retirement funds from the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. 
She is married (1969: Our Lady of the Valley Catholic Church) to Jerry Yoshitomi.. Together they were active for several years as Associates of the Sisters of Social Service and Saint Dominic’s Parish in Eagle Rock as well as in Campus Ministry assignments. They have two grown married sons and three grandchildren!  Please contact her at OR