Saturday May 26, 2018
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Director of Vocations - Father Felipe Pulido

Fr. Felipe Pulido was born in a small town west of Mexico City called Dos Aguas Michoacan.  He is the oldest of seven children.  At the age of 12, he joined the seminary in Uruapan Michoacan, Mexico.  There he studied middle and High School.  He then came to Yakima Valley with his parents, where he has lived ever since.  As a teenager Fr. Felipe worked in the fields picking pears, apples, and cherries and packing fruit.  However, during the fall and winter he went to Naches High School and then to Highland High School in Cowiche Washington where he got his High School diploma.  He worked as a teacher assistant the following three year at Epic Head Start program in Yakima.  At the same time, he was taking care of a sick priest, Fr. Jerry Corrigan. 

Fr. Felipe felt a strong desire to become a priest for the Diocese of Yakima and in 1994 he began his priestly formation at Mt. Angel Seminary in Oregon where he graduated with a degree in philosophy in 1998.  His theological studies began in the fall of 1998 in Rome Italy and he graduated in 2002.  He was ordained a priest on June 28, 2002 at St. Paul’s cathedral here in Yakima.  Father Felipe first assignment as a new priest was as an associate pastor at Holy Family Parish in Yakima in 2002.  The following year he was sent to be a parochial Vicar at Our Lady of Fatima in Moses Lake and Queen of All Saint in Warden.  Then he became a full time pastor at Our Lady of the Snows in Leavenworth and St. Francis Xavier in Cashmere.  After two and half years, he was made pastor of Our Lady of Fatima Parish in Moses Lake and Queen of All Saint in Warden Washington.  Around the same time he was name co-director of vocations to the priesthood in our Diocese.  In 2011 he was appointed Director of Vocations in the Diocese of Yakima and full time pastor at Saint Joseph Parish in Yakima.

If you'd like to reach him, e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 509.248.1911.


Director of Discernment - Father Cesar Vega

Fr. Cesar Vega-Mendoza was born in a small town of Colima State called Ixtlahuacan. He is the second of three children. He did all his kinder, grammar, middle and high school at his hometown. As a teenager Fr. Cesar was a very active member of his parish community as lector, choir member, director of the youth group and doing Communion Services in occasions when the parish priest was absent. It was during this time that he felt a strong call to the priesthood, but there was a difficulty, Fr. Cesar was in a relationship with a girl that had lasted three years. It was difficult to understand God's will who he felt was calling him to both vocations; Fr. Cesar needed to make a decision. It was on August 11th 1995 that he decided to follow his call to priesthood and joined the Seminary of Colima at the age of 19. There he studied Propaedeutic, Philosophy and one year of Theology for a total of five years. By invitation from then Bishop Carlos A. Sevilla, S.J. Fr. Cesar accepted "the challenge to learn a new language, a new culture and be a missionary in the Diocese of Yakima".

Fr. Cesar joined the Diocese of Yakima in August of 2000 been the vocational director Msgr. John A. Ecker. Fr. Cesar was assigned to live with Tom and Carol Edwards parishioners from St. Paul Cathedral while he studied English at Heritage University (then College). After a year he was sent to St. Patrick's Seminary in Menlo Park, CA. to finish the last three year of Theology. Fr. Cesar was ordained to the transitional Diaconate on May 23rd 2003 at Holy Family and to the Priesthood on May 21st 2004 at St. Paul Cathedral.

Fr. Cesar's first assignment as newly ordained was as an associate Pastor at Holy Family Parish in Yakima in May 2004. On July 2005 Fr. Cesar was assigned associate pastor at Holy Apostles in East Wenatchee. On April 2007 Fr. Cesar became the pastor of St. Francis de Sales in Chelan, St. Ann in Bridgeport and St. Mary in Mansfield. Two years later Fr. Cesar was presented with the challenge to be the first Hispanic pastor of a 90% Anglo parish, on July 2009 Fr. Cesar became the pastor of Holy Family in Yakima. In 2010 Fr. Cesar was asked to be part of the Personnel Board and in 2011 he was asked to be the representative for the priests of the area. In 2012 Fr. Cesar was asked to collaborate with Fr. Felipe the Director of Vocations as the Director of Discernment and summer placement for seminarians of the Diocese of Yakima helping specially those who are thinking about becoming priests and accompanying them in their process. Fr. Cesar coordinates those who are coming from different countries and need to learn the English Language through the immersion program for the Diocese of Yakima.

If you'd like to reach him, e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 509.966.0830.