Fr. Andrew C. Nguyen
My mother and our six siblings left Vietnam when I was 13, shortly after our father’s passing, and we have been in San Jose ever since. I graduated from Andrew Hill High School, U.C. Davis, and St. Patrick’s Seminary. I was ordained along with my two friends on June 4th, 2011. I served at these churches during my seminary years: St. Joseph of Cupertino, Holy Spirit, Queen of Apostles, and St. Justin. Then, as a priest at these communities: St. Christopher Parish, Our Lady of La Vang Parish, and St. Thomas of Canterbury. In addition to parish ministry, I was happy helping with the Vocations Office during the past three years. I am very grateful to all the people whom I have been fortunate to encounter at these places. I continue to thank God as I am led to meet next to all of you at St. Maria Goretti, my home parish, where my family and I have been members ever since coming to the U.S. in 1993. I am connected with you in prayers since I heard the news of my assignment, and looking forward to connecting with you in real life soon. May God continue to bless all of us.
Fr. Hung Vu
I want to introduce myself to everyone; I am Father John Baotixita Vu Ngoc Hung; I was born June 30, 1980, in a family in Ho Nai where almost Catholics are in the south of Vietnam. My parents have 12 children. I am the third child in the family. I also absorbed the moral life of my grandparents and parents and the desire to dedicate myself to God even as an altar server. After graduating from university and working at the company, I was admitted to St. Joseph Xuan Loc Seminary in 2008 pre-Seminary period, 2010 I officially studied philosophy and theology, and in 2016 I graduated. Saint Joseph Xuan Loc Seminary. I was sent to serve Bac Hai Church, Xuan Loc Diocese. On July 20, 2017, I was ordained a priest and served the parishes of Loc Hoa, Tan Mai of Xuan Loc diocese in Vietnam. In the United States, the parish of Our Lady of La Vang, and now the Parish of Saint Maria Goretti, where my family used to participate in activities at this church.
May God bless all of us through the intercession of Our Lady, Saint Maria Goretti.
Fr. Eric Piczon
Fr. Eric Piczon was born in the Quezon City, Philippines and lived in Metro Manila for 21 years. After graduating from De La Salle University Manila with a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, he immigrated to the San Jose, California in 2000 with his family. He worked in the retail business a Fry’s Electronics and then at Sprint PCS before entering St. Patrick’s Seminary, Menlo Park in 2011. In 2017, he became part of the first batch of seminarians of the Diocese of San Jose to transfer at Mundelein Seminary in Illinois. Fr. Eric Piczon was ordained on June, 2018, and he was assigned at Saint Leo the Great Parish, San Jose, as a Parochial Vicar. Part of his ministry is to serve the English and the Hispanic community of the parish.
Fr. Pedro Tejeda
Father Pedro was born in Jalisco, México. He has two brothers and one sister. They live in San Rafael and
Santa Rosa, California.
He entered to the Seminary when he was 18 years old. He studied at the Diocesan Seminary in
Guadalajara, Jalisco, México. He was ordained as a priest on May 5, 1984. He served in the Diocese of
San Juan de los Lagos, Jalisco, in the Archdiocese of Oaxaca, and in the Diocese of Tenancingo in
México. He came to United States in 2018. His first assignment in United States was our St. Maria
Goretti Parish where he served for two years. Then he was assigned to Sacred Heart Parish for two years.
Now he is coming back to our church as Parochial Vicar.
“The Christian vocation has born from the Spirit that animates the whole Body of Christ. There are a
diversity of gifts and a variety of charisms, but only One Body and One Spirit (l Cor 12,4-13). I want to
be a promoter of unity and collaboration, since they give a sense of cohesion, identity, unity and
belonging. “God who created you without you, will not save you without you” (Saint Augustine). The
body is built on the sum of its members, so stewardship is essential to strengthen our mission.
God has called me; God will accompany me in the tasks that he has entrusted to me.”