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 he stayed in a refugee camp for five months until October 1986.
He was sponsored by the U.S. Catholic Charities 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.
Deacon Edward Clements
Ed Clements was ordained June 8th, 1996.
Deacon Clements can be reached at deacclem at aol.com
Deacon Dennis Langdon
Dennis Langdon was ordained on May 26th, 2007.
Deacon Langdon can be reached at deaconden07 at gmail.com
Maura is our new Pastoral Music Coordinator. New bio coming soon!
Maura can be reached at maurab at stjoegold.org.
Audrey serves as our Office Assistant and Web Content Manager. She joined the parish staff in early 2015 and assists with administrative duties including parishioner registration, as well as managing the parish website, Flocknote account, and Facebook page. Her favorite part of her job is helping people encounter God through great resources and content on the Parish website.
Audrey is a Colorado native. She was born in Golden and spent most of her childhood here. She moved back to Golden (though she never got farther than Greeley) with her husband, Cory, and son, Miles, in 2016. She has been involved with the parish since her childhood through altar serving and now enjoys helping organize dishes for funeral luncheons and working with our Respect Life Ministry. In her free time she enjoys reading, crafting, and writing.
Audrey can be reached at audreyg at stjoegold.org
Carol can be reached at maintenance at stjoegold.org.
Terri Huff serves as our Administrative Assistant. After several years of volunteering at the parish Terri was hired and has served in that position for over 10 years. Terri is often the first person you encounter at St. Joseph, over the phone or at the front desk in the Parish Office. She is also responsible for welcoming and assisting parishioners and visitors, scheduling the Intentions of the Masses, preparing for the celebration of the Sacrament of Baptism, scheduling meetings for the staff and Fr. Joseph, keeping accurate parish records, and designing and creating content for our Bulletin. Terri works diligently with faithfulness, kindness, and accuracy to make sure the needs of the staff and parish are met.
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. Their family have been active participants in a variety of ministries of the Parish with Terri serving as a teacher for our Religious Ed program (preparing students to receive their First Reconciliation and First Communion) and teaching a summer Bible Study.
Terri can be reached at terrih at stjoegold.org
Teri Lauwers is the Director of Religious Education and the Liturgical Coordinator at St. Joseph. She has been a member of the parish for over 40 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 first hired as the Religious Education Assistant, but over the years (over 20!) she has created or expanded our Youth Ministry, Adult Education and RCIA programs, Liturgical and Parish Ministries, and so much more. Currently, you will find her at nearly every Mass as well as directing our Religious Education program, running Vacation Bible School, training our liturgical ministers, and overseeing many fundraisers (Parish Dinner, Lenten Fish Fries, Helping Hands Hustle, Thanksgiving Pies, Christmas Wreaths, and the Christmas Breakfast) and 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 also leads our Bereavement Group and a Summer Bible Study.
Teri can be reached at teril at stjoegold.org
Andrew is our Director of Evangelization. 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, Jail Ministry, and Evangelization efforts at the parish. He also helped spearhead a multi-parish young adult ministry called West Denver 2:42.
He and his wife Amber were married in 2012 and have three children: Amelia, Simon, and Louie. 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 at stjoegold.org.
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 at stjoegold.org
Bill can be reached at maintenance at stjoegold.org.
Michael "Misio" Wynar
Misio has served the Church as a Catholic missionary with FOCUS since 2011 and absolutely loves working with people of all cultural backgrounds. He has traveled the world (28 countries!) and been able to enjoy and observe many different cultures and social stratifications. He experienced first-hand the crucial perspective an American receives from integrating with foreign cultures as he lived and studied Theology in Ukraine for a year in 2008-2009. He's bilingual in English and Ukrainian, knows Latin and has studied Spanish, Greek, and Church Slavonic. Serving as Director of Campus Ministry for St. Joseph only fuels his passion for helping others. He gained experience in evangelization, leadership, and mentorship from being a team director and missionary in FOCUS. He also has teaching and pastoral experience from teaching at Rockhurst High School in Kansas City, Missouri in 2005-2006, as well as from the Jesuits, where he lived in deliberate community and prayer to serve others as a religious in a religious order in 2007-2008.
A message from Misio: "My faith in God is seen throughout my life and my work. Jesus is my role model. Gratitude is the most important aspect of my life and work, because without gratitude, a person is not genuine. As we can see in Jesus, actions speak louder than words, and our example is much more influential and can impact the heart. This gift of authenticity shows especially in my work with others. I pray every day and ask for help from God Our Father, Jesus The Son, and The Holy Spirit to guide me and strengthen me to do His Will. I hope to be able to share Love Himself, Jesus Christ Our Lord, to all the students and faculty at Mines."
To learn more about Campus Ministry at Colorado School of Mines, click here.
Miso can be reached at misiow at stjoegold.org.