Born in St. Louis, MO, and raised in Santa Barbara, Fr. John Love was ordained in 1990 for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. As of 2016, he is the Dean (Vicar Forane) of Deanery Two which includes the parishes of Santa Barbara, Goleta, Monetecito and Carpinteria. His undergraduate education was at Westmont College in Santa Barbara (Class of ’84, Econ and Pol Sci), and he studied theology at St. John’s Seminary in Camarillo, CA graduating in 1990. In 2005, Fr. John received a doctorate in spiritual and moral formation from the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. and has served in a number of parishes both as associate and pastor in all five regions of the Archdiocese. Fr. Love’s academic interests center on the intersection between medicine, religion and philosophy. In addition to his pastoral duties at St. Mark’s, Fr. John is also Wing Chaplain in the Air National Guard, currently serving at the 146th AW in Channel Islands, CA. Since 2006, he has also served as a chaplain for the Order of Malta, Western Region. His hobbies are hiking, traveling, golf and woodworking. Fr. John’s favorite food is Alaskan King Crab legs. His favorite team is the STL Cardinals.
A native of the Bay Area, Deacon Chris is an important part of St. Mark’s, serving both as RCIA director, and as an important source for student activities and counseling. Educated at Santa Clara University, he is also active in the administration of the Santa Barbara Pastoral Region, serving as the pastoral secretary to Bishop Robert Barron, Regional Bishop for Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties. In his former days, he was an air traffic controller both for the USAF and the civilian world. Later in life, he has become an expert in business formation and consulting. He and his wife Diane live in Montecito. Deacon Chris has a recently earned MA in theology from Franciscan University at Stuebenville. His favorite food is squid-ink calamari.
Kathy Drake and her husband, Professor Hal Drake (Roman History, UCSB) are long-time Santa Barbara residents. Kathy handles the books for St. Mark’s, and also assists with preparing our annual report and running the Together in Mission program. The Drakes have two grown daughters. In her spare time, Kathy enjoys playing competitive bridge.
Ana Rocio Sandoval is a native of Firebaugh, CA in the San Joaquin Valley and is one of ten children. She is a recent graduate of UCSB, majoring in Biology. She is bi-lingual in English and Spanish. Ana is in charge of parish and student registration and record keeping. Ana’s favorite food (what she asks her mom to make for her birthday) is Mole Poblano. She wants to be a doctor.
Brian Lopez is a fourth-year undergrad majoring in Spanish. Why, you ask? “Because Spanish is easy for me!” He is from Avenal, CA, a small farming town in the Central Valley near Fresno. His hobbies and interests include reading, watching TV shows, hanging out with friends and listening to music. Brian’s favorite food is “everything edible” and his favorite author is Gabrielle Garcia Marquez from Colombia.
Iliana De Hoyos is a third-year student at UCSB who grew up in Rancho Cucamonga, CA. On her free time, she likes to surf Campus Point and watch Netflix. She adores her two cats, Snuggles and Peeta, and has a younger sister named Abigail. Her favorite foods are Freebird’s chicken burritos and boba, along with various other junk foods. Iliana hopes to get her degree in the Social Sciences in 2018.
Maria Moreno is from Rancho Cucamonga, CA. She loves many things: the color pink, guitars, flutes, chocolate, dancing and reading. Maria has an older brother, a younger sister and a baby brother who is super cute! She is a fourth-year at UCSB studying Sociology and Spanish. In her spare time Maria also enjoys mystery movies and TV shows, and long walks on the beach to relax and meditate.
Magali Toc was raised in Los Angeles, CA. She is a third-year UCSB student who is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Earth Science with an emphasis in Geology and is minoring in Chemistry. She enjoys dancing during her spare time, her favorite dance styles are Rumba and Salsa. Magali also loves spending time with her puppy, Ruby, and running with her through the Goleta Monarch Butterfly Grove. She one day, someday, hopes to travel to Iceland and see the Northern Lights.
Aime Casillas grew up in Chino Hills, CA. She is a fourth year at UCSB who will be graduating this year with a double major in Communication and Film & Media Studies. Last year, she studied abroad in Florence, Italy to learn Italian. She loves films, watching films, making films, as well as photography and recording videos. After graduating she plans on moving to Hollywood in pursuing her dreams to work for Disney Animation Studios.