WELCOME, REVEREND FR. EDWIN DAMIEN CONSELVA, MS
New Pastor effective July 1, 2019
Ordained on Jan. 3, 2015 in his home parish church of St. Joseph, Waipahu on the 175th anniversary of the birth of St. Damien deVeuster.
Fr. Edwin is a former Polynesian dancer and flight attendant and was the first local man ordained for the Philippine province of the La Salette order. Fr. Edwin is a 1983 graduate of Waipahu High School.
Fr. Edwin (in an article from the Hawaii Catholic Herald – Jan. 2, 2015) told the Hawaii Catholic Herald by phone Dec. 17, 2014, that he was first attracted to the priesthood while in high school through the example of his pastor, Sacred Hearts Father Herman Gomes; but, he said, he let that thought slip “to the back of my mind” until many years later.
The desire came back in his late 30s, he said, when St. Joseph Parish was visited by the La Salette vocations director from the Philippines.
“I felt that God was calling me again,” Fr. Edwin said. “I needed to find out.”
He applied to the congregation in 2005 on his 40th birthday and was accepted. He was invited to visit the seminary in the Philippines for a week to get a feel for the religious life.
Fr. Edwin said that by the time the visit was through, he knew “this is where I wanted to be.”
He was 42 when he left for the seminary in the Philippines.
“It was a big decision. I had to leave my job, my family, my country,” he said. “The schooling was in English, so that was not so bad.”
And the food was “not a problem” for the Hawaii-raised Filipino.
Fr. Edwin is the son of the late Frank Conselva and Flavia Salvador. He is the seventh of eight children, five boys and three girls, all of whom live in Hawaii.
Prior to his airlines job, Fr. Edwin worked as a dancer with Paradise Cove Luau for 14 years, performing Hawaiian, Samoan and Tahitian dances. Before that he was the assistant manager at Arby’s in Pearl Ridge.
He was also a member of the hula halau Na Wai Eha O Puna, later called Ke Kai of Kahiki, for more than 20 years.
Asked by the Hawaii Catholic Herald in January 2015 what he would advise others considering a similar “late” path to the priesthood, Fr. Edwin said, “If you feel that God is calling you, it is never too late. Answer the call. You never know. Things do happen in God’s time.” (excerpts from HCH 1/2/15)
Priests’ Convocation – May 2019
Past (Fr. Arnel Soriano, MS), Present (Fr. Boyet) & Future (Fr. Edwin Conselva, MS)
Celebrating Priesthood Sunday, Oct. 28, 2018
Sunday, January 28, 2018 ~ Celebrating Fr. Boyet’s birthday (Jan. 27)
Chrism Mass 2017 at St. Raphael Church in Koloa with Bishop Larry Silva, Diocese of Honolulu
Fr. Emerson ‘Fr. Boyet’ Delos Reyes
St. Theresa Parish Administrator effective July 1, 2015 through June 30, 2019
(ordained on April 24, 1990)
Fr. Boyet was born in Davao City, Philippines and has served in Hawaii since September 2014.
Fr. Boyet’s past ministries include: Seminary professor; Chancellor, Diocese of Tagum; Seminary Rector and Dean of Academics, Queen of Apostles College Seminary in Tagum City; Superintendent of Catholic schools, Diocese of Tagum
Before transferring to Kauai, Fr. Boyet was the Associate pastor at St. Michael Parish, Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
Reflection: “I completed priestly training at Central Seminary of the University of Santo Tomas in Manila and earned philosophy and theology degrees at the Ecclesiastical Faculties of the University of Santo Tomas in Manila. I also have a doctorate in education. Ordained a priest on April 24, 1990, I have served in the ministry of forming candidates to the priesthood in my home diocese in the Philippines. About 65 percent of the priests at present in our diocese were once my students in the seminary.”