In June of 2020, Father Richard Vega concluded 8 years of service as Pastor of St. Frances of Rome.
Fr. Richard came to St. Frances of Rome after completing 6 years as President of the National Federation of Priests' Councils, (NFPC)which is headquartered in Chicago, IL. Prior to initiating his service to the NFPC, Father Richard served as pastor of La Purisima Concepcion Parish in Lompoc, CA for 12 years. .
Prior to being named pastor of La Purisima Concepcion, Fr. Richard served as parochial vicar of St. John Neumann (Santa Maria) St. Bernard (Los Angeles), and St. Philip the Apostle (Pasadena) all within the Archdiocese of Los Angeles.
Along with his pastoral duties, Fr. Richard has served as a member of various archdiocesan boards and national organizations. Most recently he served as Chair for the Liturgical Commision of the archdiocese. Fr. has also been a presenter for the Offices of Worship and Religious Education in both regional and conference settings in the archdioceses of Los Angeles and Chicago.
Fr. Richard served for twelve years on the Los Angeles Archdiocesan Presbyteral Council and was its chairman for five years. As chairman of the Presbyteral Council, he was elected chairman of Region XI Council of Priests' Senates (RECOPS). Father Richard is a member of SOMELIT (Sociedad Mexicana de Liturgia) has served as a member of the National Advisory Council of the United States Conference of Bishops and is a past president of the Council..
Fr. Vega was born May of 1957 in Los Angeles, California. He is a “lifer” seminarian in that he attended Our Lady Queen of the Angels Minor Seminary, St. John’s College Seminary and St. John’s Theological Seminary before being ordained a priest of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles on June 18, 1983. Fr. Richard holds a Master of Arts degree from the University of Mount St. Mary’s College (1993), a Master of Divinity from St. John’s Seminary (1983), and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Liberal Studies with major concentration in Philosophy and secondary concentrations in English and Spanish (1979).