Fr. Steven Brown

Fr. Steven Brown


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.

St. John Vianney Parish was his first assignment and he served here for six years as Parochial Vicar. Parishioners especially remember him from those days for his great work with youth. He served at St. John Vianney from 1978 to 1984, when he was transferred to St. Catherine’s Parish in Morgan Hill, where he served from 1984 to 1989.

Feeling a call to mission and seeking an opportunity to experience mission, Fr. Steven asked Bishop Pierre DuMaine to help him find a way that he could spend some time in mission work, temporarily. Together with the bishop, he looked at options. Since the Maryknolls have a strong local presence in our diocese, they agreed that Fr. Steven would spend some time as a Maryknoll associate. He was assigned to a parish in Tanzania, Africa where he served for seven years, first as Parochial Vicar, then later as Pastor.

In 1997, Fr. Steven returned to the Diocese of San Jose and served as Pastor for our smallest parish, Our Lady Star of the Sea, in Alviso. After seven years there, he was appointed Pastor at St. Maria Goretti Parish, the largest parish in the Diocese.

In 2014, St. John Vianney Parish welcomed Fr. Steven back as our new Pastor!

As Pastor of St. John Vianney Parish, Fr. Steven sees his job as that of the shepherd, keeping everyone together as we work to live the Gospel here in our little corner of the world. This parish, like most in the Diocese, is very diverse, (ethnically, economically, educationally) and there are both new arrivals and families who have been here for over sixty years.

Asked about what he considers to be most important for our parish, Fr. Steven said he wants everyone to know that everyone is always welcome here. He also wants to help us all to hear and live the Good News of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. (There’s already too much bad news in our world, no?)