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Father Joseph Tran, PASTOR

Fr. Joseph was born and raised in Saigon, a city in south Vietnam. He has three brothers and five sisters. Five of his siblings as well as his mother live in the United States.

At the age of 10, he received his vocation to the priesthood. Due to religious persecution by the Communist regime and poverty, he could not attend the seminary in Vietnam. Fr. Joseph prayed that he could escape and be in the land of true freedom to discern his vocation to serve God and His Church. God listened to his prayer. In May of 1986, when he was 16 years old, he left Vietnam by himself in a small fishing boat, which was on the ocean for seven days and nights. The boat landed in Thailand where hestayed in a refugee camp for five months until October, 1986.

He was sponsored by the U.S. Catholic Charity and his older brother, who had also escaped Vietnam four years earlier, and was able to immigrate to St. Louis, Missouri. He lived there with his brother and finished high school and a year of community college. He then joined the Vietnamese Dominican religious order in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, and was sent to Christ The King Seminary in Mission, British Columbia, and the Dominican University in Ottawa, Ontario, to finish his BA with a concentration in Philosophy. After finishing his studies, he asked his Superior for a year of absence so he could reflect deeply on his vocation before entering the novitiate, (a year of intense prayer and reflection before taking religious vows) which was granted.

He returned to St. Louis and worked for his older brother in the restaurant business for five years. Then, in 1998, at the request of his older sister, he moved to Denver, Colorado. He worked for one more year before returning to the seminary, However, he did not return to the Dominican religious order but instead entered St. John Vianney Seminary where he finished a year of Spirituality and four years of Theology. During this time he felt called to be a diocesan priest more than a religious priest, due to the strength of his pastoral ministry.

He was ordained a priest of the Archdiocese of Denver May 22, 2004. After ordination, he served as Parochial Vicar at St. Michael Parish in Aurora for three years. Then Fr. Joseph was sent to Immaculate Heart of Mary in Northglenn for 6 months as Assistant Pastor. Following that, he served as Pastor at St. Anthony of Padua in Julesburg and St. Peter in Crook for 4 years and 4 months before coming to St. Martin de Porres Parish in Boulder. He was pastor there for 5 years before coming to St. Joseph in Golden in June 2017.

He hopes to grow spiritually with each of us and to be "salt & light" to the whole world with all of us.


Photo Credit: Mitya Ku

Deacon Edward Clements

Ed Clements was ordained June 8th, 1996.

Deacon Clements can be reached at deacclem@aol.com

 


Photo Credit: dimnikolov

Deacon Dennis Langdon

Dennis Langdon was ordained on May 26th, 2007.

Deacon Langdon can be reached at deaconden07@gmail.com



Audrey Goshorn

Audrey serves as an Office Assistant and Social Media Coordinator. She joined the parish staff in 2015 and assists with administrative duties as well as managing the parish website, Flocknote, and Facebook page. She is looking forward to expanding the ways in which parishioners can connect with each other and their faith through Flocknote and social media.

Audrey is a Colorado native. She was born in Golden and spent most of her childhood there. She is excited to be (finally!) moving back to Golden with her husband and son. She has been involved with the parish since her childhood through altar serving and now enjoys teaching religious education and helping organize dishes for funeral luncheons.

 

Audrey can be reached at audreyg@stjoegold.org


 

Carol Hartzell

Carol can be reached at maintenence@stjoegold.org.


TERRI HUFF

Terri Huff is the Administrative Assistant for St. Joseph Catholic Parish. After several years of volunteering at the parish Terri was hired and has served in that position for the past 10 years. She is responsible for answering your many questions about the parish on the phone, welcoming and assisting new parishioners and visitors, scheduling the Intentions of the Masses, preparing for the celebration of the Sacrament of Baptism, keeping accurate parish membership records, keeping us all informed with interesting Bulletin information and other communication.

Terri continues to balance her work hours, volunteer hours and time with her family. Terri and her husband, Mark have been members of St. Joseph since they moved to Golden in 2000 with their four children, Sarah, Christopher, Matthew and Emily.  The family has been active participants in a variety of ministries of the Parish.

Terri can be reached at terrih at stjoegold.org


PHILIP JENNINGS

Philip Jennings is the Director of Music at St. Joseph.  He was born in Dallas, TX, and moved to Colorado at the age of 3.  He grew up in Denver, and attended Catholic Schools for his elementary and high school years. Philip's wife, Cel, and 2 sons, Sam and Danny, have been parishioners for over 20 years.

Philip graduated with a B.S. in Psychology from Regis University and then graduated with a B.A. in Music Education from Colorado State University.

Philip has been the Director of Music and works on Liturgy planning for the choirs’ participation since 2000.

Philip can be reached at  philipj@stjoegold.org


TERI LAUWERS

Teri Lauwers is the Director of Religious Education and the Liturgical Coordinator at St. Joseph.  She has been a member of the parish for 38 years, since she and her husband moved to Golden from Detroit, MI.

Teri started out as a volunteer and though being involved in many ministries, she started first with teaching Religious Education as a volunteer.  Teri was hired as the Religious Education Assistant.  Throughout the last, almost 20 years, of her work, she has moved to the running the Religious Education Program, creating a Youth Ministry program, the Adult Education and RCIA programs, running Vacation Bible School, coordinating the liturgies at the masses, coordinating the training of liturgical ministers, teachers and facilitators for RCIA and RE programs, organizing retreats, organizing many of the fund raising, outreach and parish events.

Teri has always loved sharing her faith with others and spreading the Good News of Jesus Christ.  She feels there isn’t a better “job” anywhere.

Her husband went to meet the Lord in 2010, but she spends a lot of time with her daughter, Carissa and her husband, Brian; her son, Mark and his wife, Desi and Teri’s grandson, Brodie.

Teri can be reached at teril@stjoegold.org


Andrew Mcgown

Andrew is the Director of Evangelization for St Joseph. Originally from Kansas City KS, Andrew moved to Denver after graduating from Benedictine College in 2010. He recently finished his Master’s in Theology for the New Evangelization from the Augustine Institute here in Denver. Andrew is passionate about helping families and adults be transformed by an encounter with the living Jesus. He does this through overseeing our RCIA program, Adult Faith Formation, Family Ministry, and Evangelization efforts at the parish.

He and his wife Amber were married in 2012 and have two children: Amelia and Simon. Andrew enjoys time singing and playing guitar, playing disc golf and washers, and gardening (true story!). He would love to meet you for coffee at his favorite local coffee shop, Bean Fosters! 

Andrew can be reached at andrewm@stjoegold.org.


Joseph Simmons

Joe is the Business Manager for St. Joseph. He joined the parish staff in 2015. His areas of responsibility include the business operations of the parish, human resources for the staff, and overseeing management of the property.

Prior to working at St. Joseph, he was the owner and manager at Alliance Office Supply for over 27 years. He is married and the father of four. His family have been parishioners of Notre Dame Parish for many years. He is also a member of the Knights of Columbus Council 4844 and serves as their Financial Secretary.

Joe can be reached at josephs@stjoegold.org


Bill Virden

Bill can be reached at maintenance@stjoegold.org.