FR. ANTONIO CACCIAPUOTI
Msgr. George’s retirement was followed immediately by appointment of the new pastor for Christ the King Parish: Fr. Antonio Cacciapuoti. Our current Pastor is known as “Fr. Antonio” as “Fr. Cacciapuoti” is somewhat difficult to pronounce for most of the non-Italian flock at Christ the King.
Fr. Antonio’s installation as pastor was a grand event. It took place on August 22, 1999. Msgr. Lloyd Torgeson, Episcopal Vical, Our Lady of Angels Region, presided and read the “Proclamation of Appointment”.
The members of the parish staff and advisory board were presented to Fr. Antonio, and they gave him symbolic gifts. Fr. Antonio was visibly moved by the honor and the occasion. Numerous family members and several priests traveled to Los Angeles from his home country Italy for the ceremony.
Fr. Antonio’s only regret was that his beloved mother and father were unable to see the day.
Fr. Antonio had lived in Italy until 1988. He completed all of his studies and preparations to become a priest in Rome. However, he was not ordained immediately. Instead he came to the United States. He spent a few months at St. John’s Seminary in Camarillo and was ordained in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles on June 9, 1990. He was first assigned as Associate Pastor at St. Paschal Baylon’s Church in Thousand Oaks. Coincidentally, Msgr. Joseph George, Msgr. Al George’s younger brother is the Pastor of that Parish.
Fr. Antonio was later re-assigned to St. Raphael’s Parish in Goleta as Associate Pastor, and four years later, he was finally assigned as Pastor of Christ the King.