Rev. Gregory Ng Kimm, PastorIf the name seems familiar, that’s because Fr. Greg served at St. Joseph’s as deacon from 1986-87 and as parochial vicar (associate pastor) from 1989-1995. He returned as pastor of St. Joseph of Cupertino in July 2005. A native of Bakersfield, California, and the descendant of pioneer Chinese immigrants, he received a degree in English from The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC, and studied for the priesthood at St. Patrick’s Seminary, Menlo Park, CA. In 1987 he became the fifth priest ordained for the Diocese of San José. As the first Chinese American pastor of St. Joseph of Cupertino, he is committed to recognizing and affirming the diversity of the Church.
Msgr. Joseph Milani, Pastor EmeritusMonsignor Milani was born in San Rafael, California, lived in Kentfield, and attended grade school in San Anselmo. He attended St. Joseph College Seminary, Los Altos, and St. Patrick’s Seminary, Menlo Park. Monsignor was ordained on June 16, 1950. He was associate pastor at five Bay Area parishes before serving as pastor of St. Catherine Church in Morgan Hill. As the first chancellor of the Diocese of San José (1981-1985), he was instrumental in guiding the formative years of the Diocese. He was named pastor of St Joseph of Cupertino in 1985. His outstanding work in the Diocese was recognized by Bishop McGrath in 2000, when he was elevated to the rank of Monsignor. [Top]
Rev. Athanasius Kikoba, Parochial Vicar
Rev. Athanasius Kikoba was born in 1973 in Uganda. Uganda is a Christian country in eastern Africa. About 42% of the people are Catholic and another 36% are Anglican. His father was a teacher and his mother a stay-at-home wife. Teachers are poorly paid in Uganda. Father Athanasius' family was very involved in the Catholic Church. That involvement and life circumstances strongly influenced his faith formation and desire to become a Catholic priest.
Father Athanasius was further influenced by a Catholic priest, Father Hans Smeets (pronounced Smits). Father Smeets worked very hard with the local people and was always helping poor people, handicapped children, orphans, etc. Other than his parents, Father Smeets was the most important person in young Father Athanasius' life.
Father Athanasius entered the seminary at age 16. After two years at St. James preparatory seminary and six years in the high school seminary, he went to St. Thomas Aquinas, a major national seminary in Katigondo, central Uganda with students from all 19 Ugandan dioceses. During his three years there, he studied logic and philosophy. It was an extremely demanding and rigorous program. Of the 34 students who started, only four finished the program and became priests. Father Athanasius received a diploma in religious studies and a bachelor's degree in philosophy from Makerere University, the most renowned in Uganda. In 2000, his bishop sent him to study theology at Notre Dame Seminary in New Orleans. He completed his studies there and received a Master's degree in Divinity.
During summer breaks at the seminary in the U.S., he worked in parishes in Utica, New York and in a mental hospital. He did Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) and worked at St. Raymond's parish, which was destroyed by hurricane Katrina and closed. He was chaplain and spiritual director for cloistered Benedictine Sisters in Uganda and has presided at retreats, mostly for sisters in Uganda.
After completing all his studies, Father Athanasius was ordained a priest in Uganda on July 4, 2004. He is currently pursuing a master's degree in spirituality at Santa Clara University. [Top]
Rev. Edsil N. Ortiz, Parochial Vicar
Rev. Edsil was born on May 29, 1967 in Calbayog City, Philippines. He is the 6th child of eight in the family. His late father Ignacio T. Ortiz Sr. worked for the Philippine Government as an engineer. His mother Paz J. Nicart served as a high school public teacher for years.
Fr. Edsil belongs to a very religious clan in the Philippines, which produced quite a number of servants for the Church, such as nuns, priests, bishops and even a cardinal. In 1983 Fr. Edsil graduated from college with a Bachelor's Degree in Liberal Arts. He joined the Graduate School Program at the Our Lady of the Angels Franciscan Seminary in Manila, Philippines and earned his Master's Degree in Pastoral Ministry in 1994. He continued his post-graduate studies at the University of San Jose-Recoletos and graduated with a Master's Degree in Psychology in 2004. And he is pursuing his master's degree in spirituality at the University of Santa Clara, California.
Fr. Edsil was a solemnly professed member of the Order of Friars Minor in the Province of San Pedro Bautista, Philippines. He received his solemn profession of vows on the 25th of May 1991 and was ordained a Franciscan priest on December 8, 1998 at the Monastery of St. Clare, Philippines.
Over a decade ago, Fr. Edsil was prompted by God's call to become a diocesan priest in the Diocese of San Jose. Since then, he has been assigned to various parishes in the Diocese of San Jose. He worked at St. John Vianney Parish for a year; three years at St. Julie Billiart Parish; five years at St. Justin Parish and four years at Holy Family Parish.
Fr. Edsil has a natural gift of ministering the sick and the homebound. And he envisions a vibrant, affirming and joyful Parish Community, where people get a genuine sense of belongingness and unconditional acceptance. [Top]
Deacon Ron Hansen
Deacon Ron Hansen was ordained by Bishop Patrick McGrath, Bishop of San José, on January 13, 2007 and comes to Saint Joseph of Cupertino following his original assignment to Mission Santa Clara. He also serves as co-chair of the Committee for Continuing Education of Clergy. Deacon Hansen grew up in Omaha, Nebraska where he received his B. A. in English literature at Creighton University. Following military service as a Lieutenant in the Army, he earned a Master of Fine Arts in fiction writing at the famous Iowa Writers Workshop. He held a Wallace Stegner creative writing fellowship at Stanford University and taught there for three years before taking positions at the universities of Michigan, Cornell, Arizona, UC-Santa Cruz, and elsewhere. Since 1996 he has been the Gerard Manley Hopkins, S.J. Professor in the Arts and Humanities at Santa Clara University, where he earned an M. A. from the Graduate Pastoral Ministries Program in 1995.
Deacon Hansen is the author of twelve books, including Mariette in Ecstasy, Atticus, and The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, which was made into a movie starring Brad Pitt and Casey Affleck. His wife, Bo Caldwell, is also a fiction writer. Some parishioners may know her novel The Distant Land of My Father. Their daughter is attending medical school and their son is earning a graduate degree in musical theater at New York University.
In addition to his other duties, Deacon Hansen leads a Bible study group on the Gospel. [Top]