Father Richard Vega recently concluded his 6 year term as President of the National
Federation of Priests' Councils. Prior to initiating his service to the NFPC, Father Richard served for 12 years (1994-2006) as pastor of La Purisima Concepcion Parish in Lompoc, CA. Previously, Father 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, Father Richard has served as a member of various archdiocesan boards and has been a presenter for the Offices of Religious Education and Worship in both regional and conference settings. He served for twelve years on the Los Angeles Archdiocesan Presbyteral Council and five years as its chairman. While serving 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 and continues to be a presenter for the Office of Worship in Los Angeles. He is past president of the National Advisory Council of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops.
Fr. Vega was born May 13, 1957 in Los Angeles, California and was ordained to priesthood on June 18, 1983. He holds a Master of Arts degree from 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).