Rev. Steven P. Brown
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Fr. Steven Brown grew up in San Francisco, attending grammar school at Church of the Epiphany. He attended St. Joseph Seminary for high school then went on to St. Patrick College in Los Altos. Starting in 1973, he spent four years studying in Rome at the Pontifical North American College; for three years he studied at the Pontifical University of Saint Thomas Aquinas (also known as the Angelicum run by the Dominicans) and one year at the Pontifical Gregorian University (run by the Jesuits). He was ordained a priest in 1977.
Fr. Andrey Garcia
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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.
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Raul Mendoza was born in Huejotitan, Jalisco, close to Guadalajara Mexico and came to San Jose California around the age of 20 it is. He is one of nine children most of them living in this area. Raul and his wife Virginia have three children, Juan Pablo, Claire, Joshua Daniel and five grandchildren. He worked at Sacred Heart Parish as a volunteer and then a staff for over 22 years mostly doing the liturgical music ministry. After two and a half years at Santa Clara University Raul earned a masters in sacred liturgy. .
On December 12, 1968, the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Archbishop McGucken of San Francisco ordained the first class of Permanent Deacons and among those ordained was our own Deacon Joe Alvarez. He has served St. John Vianney Catholic Parish Community ever since, with a specific mission to serve our vibrant Hispanic Community. Though technically retired, Deacon Joe can be found in our Chapel on Thursday mornings leading the Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament after morning Mass.
Principal, St. John Vianney School
Anthony Barajas, our new school principal, was born in San Francisco but moved to East San Jose when he was about five years old. This is home for him. He has lived in Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish as well as Most Holy Trinity Parish. Anthony attended Ocala Middle School and Overfelt High School. He is currently a member of Santa Teresa Parish. He has four sisters and they also are proud college graduates.
Religious Education Director
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“Let the little children come unto me.” Luke 18:16
Kathleen Mary Cook was born and raised in San Jose. She started school at St. Joseph Parish, downtown then transferred to St. Martin of Tours for 2nd to 8th grade. For high school she attended Mother Butler Memorial. After starting at West Valley College, Ms. Cook earned a BA and Teaching Credential from San Jose State University. She did her student teaching in Pueblo, Mexico. Returning to Santa Clara County, she taught for seven years in Oak Grove School District before joining St. John Vianney School in 1978.
RCIA Director and Coordinator of Volunteers
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We have a new volunteer on our parish staff! Maureen Ickes comes to us after retiring as Pastoral Associate at St. Maria Goretti Parish and she will focus on our RCIA process. She is looking forward to become an integral member of our parish community.
RCIA Director and Coordinator of Volunteers
Michael Scott, a seminarian studying at St. Patrick’s Seminary, will be spending the year working with us at St. John Vianney Parish. Michael grew up in a Catholic family in Southern California, going to Catholic School from grade K-12. His priest in grade school asked him if he’d ever considered the priesthood and he hasn’t been able to forget the question since. He has one sister and four nieces and nephews. He spent seven years working in the aerospace industry on fun things like military radios, satellite systems, and internet security before finally answering the call to enter the seminary. Michael has always been passionate about the truth, and this passion only intensified once he found out that the Truth could and wanted to manifest Himself in his daily life. As Christ began drawing Michael into deeper relationship with Himself, Michael began serving within the Church by assisting at catechism classes in his home parish, hosting discussion groups for Young Adults and even leading a Purity and Chastity group for YAs in the Bay Area. God finally unblocked what was preventing him from considering the priesthood and he has since entered the seminary and spent four years in priestly formation for the Diocese of San Jose. Formation has included two years of studying the history of western philosophical thought and two more years studying what God has revealed about Himself over the centuries. While here at St. John Vianney, Michael is very much looking forward to just being here with all of you, serving you, and seeing how God is already present in your lives.
Luis Estrada, our new Parish Administrator, was born and raised in Guatemala. In 1986 with his Mom’s blessing, he followed his father, who has since passed on, to California, settling in the San José area. Luis joined Saint John Vianney Young Adult Group, and attended the youth Mass. Later on, here in California he met his wife, Anabella, who is also from Guatemala. Coincidentally, they attended the same Parish in Guatemala, but never met. Together they raised three children, a boy and 2 girls, Diego, Mariana and Mayda who have attended St. John Vianney School. Luis and Anabella have been active members of St. John Vianney Parish for years, sometimes serving on the Hispanic Community leadership team. For four years, Luis has served as Parish Administrator for St. Martin Parish in Sunnyvale.
Luis earned a degree in Economics in Guatemala. After coming to California he continued his education at San Jose City College and Masters Institute where he studied Network Administration. He completed the Diocese of San Jose Institute for Leadership in Ministry program in 2016.
In addition to serving two terms as President of the SJV Hispanic Community, Luis and his wife serve as Lectors, translators, and are active in supporting the parish school. Anabella has taken a major role in producing the school yearbook since 1998. Luis has served on the Pastoral Council.
Luis wants to offer our parish his talents as he now becomes our Parish Administrator. He wants very much to become a real asset to the St. John Vianney Parish Community. His dream is to make our parish the welcoming and merciful place that our Pope Francis has asked our church to become.
Office Administrative Assistant (Full time)
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A San Jose native, Maria grew up in the San Antonio area of San Jose, in Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish. In 2001 Maria’s family, including her two sons, moved into St. John Vianney Parish. The boys both attend our parish school and Maria started working there in 2014. In May of 2015, Maria moved across the street to work in our Parish Office Center where she has kept things running ever since.
At Butte College, in Oroville, Maria studied Early Childhood Education. She then worked at the Child Development Center for four years before moving back to San Jose.
Like Patricia and Mary Jane, Maria greets folks who come to the Parish Office Center looking for information or help.
Office Administrative Assistant (Afternoons)
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Patricia works in the Parish Office Center most mornings, greeting visitors, answering phone calls and providing information to all who come seeking help.
Born in Guadalajara, Mexico, Patricia arrived in the Los Angeles area in the 1990s then moved to San Jose in 2008, joining St. John Vianney Parish at that time. Her youngest child was baptized here and all her children received their sacraments in our parish. She has two daughters and a step-daughter.
Patricia is a well-known member of our local community as she volunteered for several years with Alum Rock Union School District, serving as a Workshop Facilitator assisting the Spanish language liaison for the district.
Patricia has another job in a commercial office, which allows her to be flexible with her time. She loves being helpful.
Mary Jane Araya
Office Administrative Assistant (Mornings)
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Mary Jane Araya grew up here on the Eastside of San Jose, living near Overfelt High School, in Most Holy Trinity Parish. She has two children, a daughter at San Jose State and a son at De Anza College. Starting in 1991, Mary Jane served as a volunteer catechist at Most Holy Trinity Parish. She spent fourteen years on the staff of that parish, first as a secretary and then eight years as the Office Manager. Mary Jane has been married to her wonderful husband, Lou, for 22+ years.
Like Patricia and Maria, Mary Jane greets people who come to the Parish Office Center looking for help or information. Since she has lots of experience with the Diocesan database, she also manages that connection for the parish.She is also the person to talk to if you want to reserve a meeting space on our campus.
SJV Community Center Event Coordinator
Cindy Perea grew up in St. John Vianney Parish. She attended CCD here and received all of her sacraments including marriage at St. John Vianney parish. She has three kids; a girl and two boys.
Cindy was always around the Parish but she got involved in community ministry when Bonnie Ehle was here. She’s especially involved in the Mother’s Day layette program and the Advent Day of Giving. Cindy has worked on our parish fiesta since she was in high school.
When Father Francisco was here he asked her and some other ladies to host a hospitality table as we were raising money for the new St. John Vianney Community Center. She continued to work at supporting the new Community Center eventually becoming the Event Coordinator in 2013.
As event coordinator, Cindy helps set up open up and close down the Community Center whenever there is an event happening there including regular basketball games and special events for the Parish or for rental.
Jose was born in and grew up in San Jose. Prior to joining St. John Vianney Parish in 2011 he worked in the Construction Industry starting in 1985. Jose left construction in 2010 when his dad passed away. Now he takes care of the entire parish property, except for the school, which has its own maintenance person. Jose is responsible for the Church building, the Main Hall, the Pavillion the Community Center, the Rectory and the Parish Office Center and loves his work here.
SJV Community Center Staff
David Couch grew up in San Jose and joined St. John Vianney Parish in 1996. He attended San Jose State University and his children, now grown, attended St. John Vianney Parish School.
Asked by former pastor, Fr. Francisco Rios, to help raise money for the construction and completion of the Community Center building, David accepted the challenge and organized fundraising to get the job done. Now that the building is functional, David continues to volunteer, seeking rentals from a variety of sources to the point where the Community Center is now self-supporting. (We still have construction loans to pay off.)
What David likes best about St. John Vianney Catholic Parish Community is that it is family oriented, and everyone is willing to step up to take care of needs as they arrive.
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The product of sixteen years of Catholic School education, Ellen grew up in the San Fernando Valley and served as Youth Minister and Children’s Liturgist in Orange County before moving to San Jose in 1984. She and her husband have attended most of the Religious Education Congresses in the last 40 years as well as a number of other Catholic conferences. Ellen also took a variety of classes in the Santa Clara University Pastoral Ministry program.
Working with Joe Nolan and a Communication Team, Ellen published the St. John Vianney Parish email newsletter while Fr. Tim Kidney was pastor. She and Joe created the parish website and since Joe moved away at the end of 2014, Ellen has served as webmaster.
Ellen and her husband, Ray, have three grown children and six granddaughters. Ray and Ellen love the SJV community so much that when searching for a home to buy after their children moved out, they limited the search to the parish boundaries.