Honoring Their Vows

Fr. Donald Willard, CSSR

Fr. Donald Willard, CSSR

The Rev. Willard, CSSR was ordained to the priesthood on June 8, 2008. Raised on a farm near Pittsfield, IL, he attended Illinois State University and gained management experience in many different businesses before becoming an investment banker and later an interior decorator. Although successful in business, he felt unfulfilled and answered the call of God to be a priest. After professing vows as a Redemptorist, he received an MA in divinity from Catholic Theological Union in Chicago. Since his ordination, Rev. Willard has been the associate pastor at St. Mary of the Assumption in Whittier, CA.