|Birthplace:||Beverly Hospital, Montebello, Los Angeles County, California, United States|
About J. Rigali
In 1995, my father's 2nd cousin Don Rigali - of whose existence I had not been aware - approached me to learn about my "twig" of the Rigali family tree. I became fascinated by this hobby called genealogy, and soon began collaborating with him, and also began piecing together the maternal side of my family tree. I unwittingly and unfortunately destroyed my relationship with Don in the early 2000s. In late 2012, I decided to focus on migrating my personal database (which contains over 276,000 persons as of September 2013) to Geni.
styled "of Duarte" (1999-2010)
I was raised without religion. I vacillated between atheism and agnosticism from the late 1970s to the mid-1980s. A few of my friends practiced Christian evangelism to me, but they only convinced me to turn my back on atheism. I finally began to understand in 1998 that I am a spiritual being, and that I had no spiritual nourishment. From then until 2009, God acted through my good friend Martin Atencio (mentioned above) to bring me into His church, the Roman Catholic Church.
I was fully initiated into the Catholic faith (baptism, first Holy Communion, confirmation) at Immaculate Conception Church. It is standard Catholic practice that a parish's pastor perform all baptisms of adult Catholic initiates, but exceptions are permitted. In the Easter vigil mass in which I was initiated, all of the adults to be baptized except me were baptized by the parish's pastor of the time, Rev. Charles J. Ramirez, but as a permitted exception and a surprise gift to me, my baptism was performed by the parish's associate pastor of the time, Rev. Chris Troxell, with whom I had bonded during RCIA and who might be related to me through Christian Trachsel.
After I was put on the path to Catholicism, I began to note the abundance of European Catholics (including numerous saints, and even some popes) from whom so many people (including myself) descend. I now strive to discover and reveal their Catholic faith and good works.
styled "of Mt. Juliet" (2010-present)
former co-worker (2012-2014) of Tom McCarl
nearest public-figure relatives
- Justin Francis Rigali, paternal 1st cousin once removed <Wikipedia link>
- Don August, paternal 3rd cousin <Wikipedia link>
- Shawn Toovey, paternal 3rd cousin once removed <Wikipedia link>
- Susan Sarandon, 6th cousin
- Eva Amurri, 6th cousin once removed