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Rev. Canon Mark Hallahan, Rector  

Mark Hallahan was born and raised near Youngstown, Ohio. After a number of years as a Franciscan Friar he left the Order and moved to Los Angeles in 1980 to work with the Catholic Worker Community on Skid Row. Mark then began a twenty-year career in social services, working for agencies devoted to assisting the homeless.  For three years (1983-86), he worked as a member of a retreat team at a Jesuit retreat house in Dublin, Ireland.  There he met his spouse, Jim Kenny.

Mark joined the Episcopal Church in 1986 at St. Athanasius Parish in Echo Park. 1990 he decided to take a "leave of absence" from organized religion and went on an exciting and transforming spiritual journey that eventually led him back to Christianity.  He was hired as a lay staffer at All Saints’ Episcopal Church in Beverly Hills, where he was Coordinator for Mercy and Justice Ministries .

Mark was ordained priest in 2006 and temporarily worked at Diocesan Center while assisting at Church of the Ascension in Tujunga.

He was sent to St. Paul’s Pomona in 2006, as Priest-in-Charge under Special Circumstances and was elected Rector the following year. He and his spouse were married at St. Paul's in August of 2008 and reside with their dog, Sally, in northeast Los Angeles.

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Jesus Toro, Musician 

Jesús Manuel Toro was born in Caracas, Venezuela. His teachers include Prof. Alejandro Slobodianik at the “J.J Landaeta” Music Conservatory in Caracas, Prof. Carlos Urbaneja at the Centro Mozarteum School of Music and Prof. Enrique Graf at the College of Charleston, SC. Jesús Manuel has played recitals throughout Venezuela, as well as the Young Artist Series of Piccolo Spoleto (USA), the Perugia Music Fest in Italy where he played as a soloist with "I Solisti di Perugia" orchestra. Also he has been engaged to perform with several professional orchestras in Venezuela, such as the Municipal Symphony Orchestra of Caracas, the  Venezuelan Philharmonic and the Solistas de Venezuela Orchestra. He was selected as one of the best music students at the Centro Mozarteum School of Music and he was chosen to participate at the Aspen Music festival and School. In addition to his musical accomplishments, Jesús Manuel obtained his Law degree at Santa Maria University in Venezuela. Recently he won fourth prize in the V category of the Liszt International Piano Competition in LA. Currently Jesus Manuel is attending the Artist Certificate Program in Azusa Pacific University and teaching piano lessons in the Yamaha Music School, Diamond Bar.



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