Reverend Father Anthony Rapozo
Fr. Anthony Rapozo is the Pastor of St. Catherine Parish.
Born in Lihue, Kauai, to parents Wayne and Stephanie Rapozo, he has two younger brothers—Jason and Lucas.
Fr. Anthony attended St. Catherine School, Immaculate Conception School and graduated from Kauai High School in 1988.
He received his Associates Degree in Liberal Arts from the University of Hawaii and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Religious Studies from Chaminade University. Fr. Anthony continued his studies at St. Patrick’s Seminary and earned his Masters in Divinity in 2011. He was ordained to the transitional deaconate in December 2010 and to the priesthood on December 30, 2011.
His first priestly assignment was at St. Michael the Archangel Church in Kailua, Kona for two years. He was assigned to St. Catherine Parish as Parochial Vicar. Fr. Anthony was formally installed as Pastor by Bishop Larry Silva on May 25, 2014.
Reverend Father Moses Akebule
I was born on September 14th 1962, to Mr. John Awuni Awulakebule (of blessed memory) and Madam Ayamga Abanga Awinsokre in Vea, a Village in the Bongo District of the Upper East Region of Ghana. I am the first and only boy of eight children of my parents.
I began my formal education at the Vea Local Authority Primary School in 1968. In 1973, I proceeded to the then Gowrie Continuation Middle School until 1976, when I obtained a Middle School Leaver’s Certificate. I had three years of Middle school education before entering into the Bolgatanga Secondary School-Big Boss (now known as Bolgatanga Senior High School) in 1976, completing in 1981 with an Ordinary Level Certificate, “O” Level-GCE. I pursued my Sixth Form Course at the Nandom Secondary School in the Upper West Region of Ghana, graduating in 1983 with an Advanced Level Certificate of Education (GCE “A” Level).
In September 1983, I was admitted into the St. Victor’s Major Seminary, at Malshegu-Tamale to begin my priestly formation and studies. The Seminary, which is affiliated with the Religious Studies Department of the University of Ghana, awarded me with a Diploma in Theology (Dip.Th), in 1988 upon graduation.
I was ordained into the Catholic Priesthood on August 11, 1990 to serve the Diocese of Navrongo-Bolgatanga. I had my first appointment in the St. Paul’s Parish, Walewale, but later in the same year was immediately transferred to the Our Lady of Seven Sorrows Cathedral, Navrongo, as there was an urgent need to support the Cathedral staff as Parochial Vicar.
After two years of ministry in the Cathedral Parish, I was given a new appointment as the Diocesan Youth Chaplain and I moved to the Diocesan Secretariat in Bolgatanga in January 1993. While there I was helping out with pastoral ministry in the St. Paul’s Parish Walewale (52 miles away) and later at the Sacred Heart Cathedral in Bolgatanga. I took residence in the Cathedral Parish in 1994 and was made Parochial Vicar to Msgr. Roger Aboteyuure, until 1995 when he moved to Accra to take up a new appointment as the National Director of the Pontifical Mission Society.
In the year 1996, I was given an additional responsibility by the Bishop, Most Rev. Lucas Abadamloora as the Diocesan Financial Administrator. In 1998 I gave up my position of a Diocesan Youth Chaplain to another priest, and fully manned the Diocesan Finance Office.
Finally, in 2000, I proceeded on a sabbatical leave in the United States of America. While on my sabbatical leave, I pursued a Licentiate in Sacred Theology (STL) degree course at the Weston Jesuit School of Theology in Cambridge, Massachusetts. I graduated in May 2002, returning to ministry in my Diocese in January 2003. I was appointed by the late Bishop Lucas Abadamloora to be the Administrator of the Sacred Heart Cathedral Parish, Bolgatanga. After nine years of ministry as Administrator, the new Bishop, Most Rev. Alfred Agyenta, again appointed me to the Diocesan Finance Office for the second time as the Acting Diocesan Financial Administrator in February 2012, and I handed over to a substantive Financial Administrator in April 2014. On July 3, 2015, I came to Hawaii for ministry on a “Three years Loan” to the Diocese of Honolulu and assigned by Most Rev. Larry Silva to the Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish, Pearl City as Parochial Vicar. On January 9, 2016, I was reassigned as Parochial Vicar of St. Catherine Parish in Kapa’a, in the island of Kauai.
Deacon Manny Pascua
Biography to follow soon
Seminarian Rompie Emwalu
My name is Romple (Robert) Emwalu, known as Romple. I was born on May 24, 1982, and raise in Polowat Island, (Chuuk). I am a middle child of 20 siblings. My mother married my uncle, Celestino Emwalu a widower, after my dad Sostehnis Emwalu died in May 30, 1997.
I went Nanataku High School and graduated in 2001. I entered the College of Micronesia-FSM in Pohnpei and received my Associate’s degree in Liberal Arts in 2004, and in 2007, I earned my teaching certificate, specializing in Elementary Education. I taught in Pohnpei at Palikir Elementary School for a year, work with Habitat for Humanity and Lion Club three years.
I moved to Hawaii in 2008 to further my education at UH Manoa and assist my family. I was involved in volunteer work with the elderly residents at the Mililani Mauka every Saturday. We clean, cooked for the residences, and taking them out for shopping.
I became active in parish life at St. John the Apostle and Evangelist Catholic Church in Mililani on Oahu, particularly working with youth, catechism. I am affiliated with the Diocese of Honolulu. I graduated from Mount Angel Seminary with Bachelors of Arts in Philosophy and Religious studies as of spring 2014 and enrolled at St. Patrick Seminary and University Graduate School of Theology in fall 2014. I am currently in my pastoral year at St. Catherine of Alexandria Kapaa, Kauai.
John 13:34-35 “...Love one another. As I have loved you, so also you must love one another. By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you love one another.”...