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Our Priests

Father Bala Showraiah,

cell: 615-870-2171

Our pastor’s full name is Marneni Bala Showraiah. Father Bala is the third of seven children of Chinnaiah (which means “Peter”) & Teresa. He was born on June 10, 1962 at Dharmaram in India. As a priest he worked in the mission areas of India and lived in Dharmaram and Hyderabad. He has baptized approximately 200 non-Catholics. He loves charismatic preaching and reading of the Bible. In 1976 entered the Franciscan seminary; made his simple vows in 1982 and his final vows in 1987. After receiving degrees in Philosophy & Theology, he was ordained on May 29, 1990 at Dharmaram. The main areas of his work were Pastoral; Construction and Social. He has built two churches, a hostel (orphanage), a rectory, an elementary school, a high school, a college, a seminary and a pilgrim center. He has educated children, given medical treatment to the sick and jobs to the jobless.

Father Zack Kirangu,
Associate Pastor

cell: 931-257-6892

Fr. Zack’s full name is Zachaeus Munyao Kirangu. The first born of four boys and native of Kenya, he was ordained by the Diocese of Mandeville,  Jamaica W.I. in 2003. He was schooled at Kibwezi Primary school in Kenya, Apostle of Jesus Minor Seminary- Uganda, Catholic University of East Africa- Kenya, Pontifical Urbaniana University, Rome and the University of the West Indies, Mona Campus, Jamaica West Indies where he received a Doctor of Philosophy Degree in Sacred Scripture. Father Zack is proficient in English, Greek translation, Kiswahili, Taita and Kamba. He has worked as a Catechist, Drug Addiction Counselor, Chaplain, a teacher and priest.

Father Ramon Ayala,
Associate Pastor

cell: 615-948-9011

Hello everybody. I’m from Mexico. I was born in Torreón, Coahuila. I thank my parents, Antonio (+) and Dolores for my life and all who I am, a priest. I am the seventh of nine siblings. The most important day in my life was September 26, 1997, my ordination day. I studied Philosophy and Theology in the seminaries of Torreón and Chihuahua, when I finished my studies I lived the Franciscan experience in Guadalajara, Jalisco. Today I come back to the Diocese of Nashville, and I ask God to keep blessing my ministry and work.

Parish Staff

Mariana Aparcana
Cash Receipts & Records Analyst

Jeanne Force
Accounting Support Analyst

Melissa Doyle
Catechesis of the Good Shepherd
(Pre-school through Grade 6)


Tom Galantowicz
Music & Liturgy Coordinator


Lesley Hamilton
Administrative Assistant, Learning Center

Maria Herrera
Administrative Assistant, Religious Education

Cesar Rodriguez

Annie Anjali Shaji
Facility Coordinator

Tricia Keef
Bookstore Assistant Manager

Kim Leisinger
Director of Administration

Josh Medeiros
Youth Ministry Activities Coordinator

Marianne Reeves
Bulletin Editor

Susan Skinner
Adult Faith Formation & RCIA

Julianne Staley
Youth Ministry Coordinator for Catechesis
(Grades 7-12)


Gabriela Tinoco
Accts. Pay, Payroll, Proj. Anyalyst

Greg Walton
Electronic Evangelization

Karen Williams
Learning Center Director

Parish Council

Parish Pastoral Council Chairperson

Monica Garvey,

Administration & Finance

Mike Ren,

Building & Grounds

Dennis Chen,


Bruce Kenworthy,


George Tutaj,

Education & Formation

Dianne Whelan,

Hispanic Ministry

Miguel Valadez,

Knights of Columbus

Chris Chamberlain,

Men’s Club

Craig Henderson,

Parish & Family Life

Monica Garvey,

Social Action

Greg Caesar,

Women of St. Philip

Melissa Ladd,

Worship & Spirituality

Elba Avila,

Finance Board

Finance Board Chairperson

Thomas Moore,

Board Members

Declan Weir
Teri Gordon
Carli Serraiocco
Jim Sokol
Mike Ren

Administration & Finance Page

Discipleship Council

Discipleship Council Chairperson

Pat Thompson,

Council Members

Joe Amelang
Lori Bedock
Barry Bontemps
John Carswell
Israel Cordoro
Dorothy Faggello
Carol Guthrie
Tom & Nancy Jantz
Carol McNally
Allison Revetta
Sue Stacey
Paul & Gloria Saint Jacques
George & Ellen Marie Tutaj

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