Fr. Woodrow Gubuan came to St. Francis of Assisi in July 2014, after 19 years of ministry in the Diocese of San Joaquin. He was Vicar of Holy Cross Mission (Filipino-Asian congregation) in Stockton in 1996. When Holy Cross Mission was integrated with St. John’s Parish in 2000, he became Associate Rector to then Fr. Daniel Martins. During St. John’s transitional period (July 2007 to November 2008), he became its Interim Rector. With the coming of Fr. Lee Nelson as the new Rector in December 2008, he reassumed his position as Associate rector up to December 2010. In 2011, he served as supply priest to St. John’s in Stockton, St. Mary the Virgin in Manteca, St. Anselm (then) in Lodi, Church of the Resurrection in Tracy. For 6 months in 2012, he was priest-in-charge of St. Augustine Anglican Church in Hollister. Then he became Vicar of Jesus Our Savior Anglican Church in Modesto from May 2012 to June 2014.
Fr. Gubuan is a product of solid Catholic Seminary training, which started with the Sacred Heart Minor Seminary in Bacolod, Philippines at age 13. His training continued with Philosophy and Theology education under the Spanish Dominicans at the University of Santo Tomas, Manila, Philippines. Ordained a priest by the late Pope Paul VI, he worked in the Diocese of Bacolod for 13 years as seminary professor and later as parish priest.
Fr. Gubuan’s ministry moved abroad starting with an earned Doctorate in Theology at the Universita San Tomasso (the Angelicum) in Rome, Italy. He served as Pastoral Director of the Collegio Filippino in Rome and Chaplain of the Filipino migrant workers in Italy. He moved to Canada and was in parish ministry in Toronto and in hospital chaplaincy in Calgary until his move to California in 1996.