Our Pastor, Father Alfredo Salera, born in 1946, was raised and educated in the Philippines: finished his primarily grades in Garcia-Hernandez, Bohol and elementary in Clarin, Bohol; finished high school and earned his Bachelor of Arts (majors in Political Science and English Literature) at the Southwestern University in Cebu City. He studied Law of SWU, Cebu City and, before finishing Law, joined the Mission Society of the Philippines and studied Philosophy at the University of San Carlos, Cebu City. He then went to Tagaytay City where he studied and finished Theology at the Divine Word Seminary. On October 22, 1977 he was ordained to the priesthood by the late Most Rev. Miguel C. Cinches, SVD, then bishop of Surigao (comprising the entire province of Surigao del Norte) at the San Nicolas de Tolentino Church (now the Cathedral of the Diocese of Tandag) in Tandag, Surigao del Sur. Since his ordination Fr. Al has taken on a variety of assignments and responsibilities including: diocesan director of vocations, member of the diocesan presbyteral council, diocesan radio station manager, editor-in-chief of the diocesan newspaper and magazine, director of the social action for justice and peace desk, high school and college teaching, founding pastor of St. John the Baptist in Ipil, Surigao City and Immaculate Conception in Nonoc Island, Surigao City. He was unanimously elected in 1977 by the whole presbyterate as the first diocesan priest to be the vicar general of the diocese and the parish priest (pastor) of the Cathedral effective July 1, 1988.
In February, 1988, however, Fr. Al decided to come to the US to serve the Church in America. He has worked in eight parishes as associate pastor and administrator, most recently as an associate at St. Catherine Labourè Church in Glenview. Fr. Al talks with pride about his active participation in the Knights of Columbus and his promotion of and devotion to Our Lady of Perpetual Help and the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Fr. Al has studied Spanish and celebrates Mass in Spanish as well as Tagalog and English. At Transfiguration his pastorate focuses on spiritual formation, unity and harmony among the parishioners.