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. Mendie Nguyen, Parochial Vicar
Rev. Mendie Nguyen (full name: Joseph Mendie Nguyen). was born in Saigon, Vietnam, the third of five siblings. After the Vietnam War ended in 1975, fleeing persecution and seeking freedom and brighter opportunity, he tried to escape the country by boat twice between 1980 and 1987 but failed to reach American soil.
His father Mai Ba Nguyen was sent to a reeducation camp after the war because of his work as a chaplain's assistant in the South Vietnamese Army. In 1989 the U.S. government granted Mr. Nguyen and his family refugee status, enabling them to come to America. By this time, Fr. Mendie had already worked a number of different jobs, including electronic assembly, food production, and machine operation.
Fr. Mendie entered the seminary at the age of 36, first joining the Divine Word Missionaries and then later, the Diocese of San Jose. He completed his studies for the priesthood at St. Patrick Seminary and University in Menlo Park, CA, earning the degrees of B.A. in philosophy, Master of Divinity (M.Div.), and Bachelor of Sacred Theology (S.T.B.).
Following his ordination on June 1, 2013, Father Mendie was assigned to St. Simon Parish in Los Altos, where he served for six years as parochial vicar. St. Joseph of Cupertino is his second assignment as a priest. His motto is taken from the book of Micah in the Old Testament (6:8): "Do justly, love mercy, and walk humbly." [Top]
Rev. Anthony Nguyen, Parochial Vicar
Rev. Anthony Nguyen (biography to be added shortly) [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]