Our Clergy

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Fr. Justin T. Le 
Pastor

Born August 7, 1972in Tân Định’s Parish, Saigon, Vietnam, Fr. Justin T. Le is the youngest of a family with seven children. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from San Jose State University, a Bachelor of Sacred Theology from Saint Mary’s Seminary in Baltimore, a Master’s Degree in Divinity and a Master’s Degree in Theology from Saint Patrick’s Seminaryin Menlo Park, California. He was ordained a priest by Bishop Patrick J. McGrath on May 23, 2009 for the Diocese of San Jose. After ordination, he was assigned as Parochial Vicar at Saint Mary’s Parish in Los Gatos. In July 2011, he was appointed as 7thpastor of Saint Elizabeth Catholic Church in Milpitas. In the diocese of San Jose, Fr. Justin has also served within various diocesan organizations as chaplain of the Catholic Professionals Club, advisory board member of the Catholic Foundation and vice chair of the Diocesan Priests’ Council. In July 2017, he was appointed as Dean of Deanery 4 in the diocese of San Jose. Beginning July 1, 2018, Bishop Patrick J. McGrath appointed Fr. Justin as 9thPastor at Saint Maria Goretti parish.

 


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Fr. Tim Lyons

Fr. Tim Lyons was born August 23, 1977, and grew up the youngest of five children in Portland, Maine.He was taught in Catholic grade schools and high school, and attended Franciscan University of Steubenville for a year before deciding to volunteer as a missionary. He entered the seminary in 1997. His training for the priesthood lasted thirteen years, studying in Connecticut, New York, Rome, and on periods of internship in San Jose and Sacramento. He was ordained on December 24, 2010, and since has served as chaplain of Canyon Heights Academy, as director of Our Lady of Santa Clara Retreat Center. He has a M.A. in Educational Leadership from the University of Notre Dame. On November 1, 2019, Bishop Oscar Cantú has appointed Fr. Tim Lyons to be parochial vicar of St. Maria Goretti Parish in San Jose.


Fr. Dat Luong 

Fr. Dat T. Luong was born on April 27, 1982 in My Tho, Vietnam. He immigrated to the United States at the age of 17. After finishing high school, he felt a call for priesthood. With a lot of support and encouragement from family and friends, he entered the seminary to pursue his vocation. He earned a bachelor’s degree in philosophy at San Jose State University and a master’s degree in Divinity at Saint Patrick Seminary in Menlo Park, California.  He was ordained on June 1, 2013 by Bishop Patrick J. McGrath for the Diocese of San Jose. He served as parochial vicar at Saint Thomas Aquinas Church in Palo Alto (2013-2016) and Our Lady of Refuge Parish for 2 years (2016-2018). Beginning July 1, 2018, Fr.Datis appointed parochial vicar at Saint Maria Goretti parish.


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Fr. Pedro Tejeda

Fr. Pedro Tejeda was born on June 29, 1950, and was baptized in the Assumption of Mary Church in the city of Jalostotitlán, Jalisco, Mexico. He is the youngest of a family with ten children. He completed his education at the Abasolo Elementary School, Felipe

Galindo and Chávez Middle School and Fray Pedro de Gante High School in his hometown. He obtained a degree in Philoso- phy and Theology at the Diocesan Seminary of San Juan de los Lagos, Jalisco, Mexico. On May 5, 1984, he was ordained a priest in the Diocese of San Juan de los Lagos, Jalisco, Mexico. He worked in the Social Pastoral Care and spent five years at the head of the Pastoral of Migrants in his Diocese of San Juan de los Lagos. He has collaborated in the Diocese of Tenanc- ingo, State of Mexico and in the Archdiocese of Oaxaca, Mex- ico. He came to the United States on June 30 of this year.

“God brought me here and He will know the time I can serve and that I will certainly do it in His name with all the strength of my soul.”