Tustin, California was the birthplace for Fr. Steve Sallot in the era of orange groves and few freeways. Along with his three siblings, Fr. Steve was raised in the Santa Ana/Tustin area where his mother still resides. After graduating from St. Cecilia Grammar School and Mater Dei High School, he had a short stint at UC Irvine prior to entering the Seminary in Camarillo, California. Ordained a diocesan priest in 1980, he ministered in several great parishes in Orange County.
In 1992, Fr. Steve was asked by the Bishop to return to Mater Dei High School. Initially apprehensive that some of his disciplinary deans were still there, Fr. Steve spent ten exciting years there as Rector working to redevelop the school through a major capital campaign. As he began his work at the high school, Fr. Steve went to school at USF and received a Masters Degree in Private School Administration. Asked in 2002 to leave Mater Dei behind, Fr. Steve became the pastor of St. Edward the Confessor and has had the opportunity to rediscover his love for parish ministry.
In June 2004, he also became the administrator of a neighboring and largely Spanish speaking parish named San Felipe de Jesus in Capistrano Beach. Currently the combined parish enrolls 6000 families, as well as a school/preschool of over 700 students. As most priests who have been around awhile, Fr. Steve has taken his turn at being on the Priest Council, Consulters and Personnel Board of the Diocese. On July 1, 2013, he became the Vicar General/Moderator of the Curia for the Diocese of Orange.