Fr. Andrey Garcia
Father Andre Garcia was born in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico. He has five sisters and six brothers and is the youngest of this big family. He came to the US when he was about 16 and finished high school in Mount Hood, Oregon. When he was about 20, he settled in Haywood, where he worked at a warehouse and participated in a youth/young adult group at Saint Clements Parish. There he found a mentor, Fr.John, who encouraged him to continue developing his faith.
He started to think about becoming a priest. He was interested in missionary work, so Father John suggested he look at the Institute of the Incarnate Word.(IVE). He was introduced to the order at Our Lady of Peace Parish in Santa Clara, then went on a weeklong retreat based on the spiritual practices of Saint Ignatius Loyola. Convinced he had found his vocation, he decided he was ready to enter the seminary.
Fr. Andrey started his seminary experience at Saint Leo the Great Parish in San Jose then moved to Washington, DC when the seminary moved there. He was ordained at the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington DC on June 29, 2008, the feast of Saints Peter and Paul.
His first assignment was in Brooklyn New York where he served for 18 months. Then he served in Guyana, in South America for one year. Father Andre then served in Brooklyn, New York before returning to California to Saint Leo’s the Great where he served for two years as Parochial Vicar. After Saint Leo’s he went to Saint Julie’s in San Jose, then Saint Catherine’s in Morgan Hill, and he joined St. John Vianney Parish in 2015. Fr. Andrey will become a secular priest (no longer a member of the IVE) for the Diocese of San Jose when he completes his probationary period in the next year or so.