Welcome

Welcome to St. Francis of Assisi Parish website. One of my first goals upon arriving as Pastor is to provide a website that is user-friendly, fresh, interesting, informative, and up-to-date. It is important for our parishioners to have access to upcoming events, current news, and helpful information concerning our many ministries. 

A little bit about me. I was born in Cleveland, Ohio on March 8, 1962. I attended St. Catherine & Immaculate Conception elementary schools through 5th Grade.  In 1972, our family migrated to San Jose.  I attended Vineland elementary school and St. Frances Cabrini. We then moved to San Ramon, CA where I attended Country Club elementary and California High School. In 1977 we moved back to San Jose where I attended and graduated from Leland High School— class of 1980. 

I was accepted as a seminarian for the Archdiocese of San Francisco in 1980 and entered St. Joseph College in Mountain View, CA. In March of 1981, I joined the newly created Diocese of San Jose. I finished my studies at St. Joseph College in 1986 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Philosophy.  I continued my studies for the priesthood at St. Patrick Seminary in Menlo Park, CA. I was ordained to the Diaconate on January 19, 1991 and the Priesthood on May 18, 1991 at St. Joseph Cathedral Basilica by Bishop Pierre DuMaine, First Bishop of San Jose.

My first assignment was as Parochial Vicar at St. Mary in Gilroy, CA, under the leadership of Msgr. Francis Cilia. In 1996, I was transferred and assigned as Parochial Vicar at St. Thomas Aquinas Parish under Fr. Barry Freyne.  Two years later, I was appointed the 14th Pastor of Holy Family Parish on July 1, 1998 where I served until June 30, 2010. Bishop Patrick J. McGrath appointed me the 6th Pastor of St. Thomas Aquinas Parish on July 1, 2010. I concluded my term of office on June 30, 2018. 

On July 1, 2018, I became the third pastor of St. Francis of Assisi Parish-- following in the footsteps of Msgr. John Sandersfeld and Msgr. Eugene O'Donnell. My official installation will be on Saturday, October 27 of this year.

I am an avid and passionate fan of the Boston Red Sox (World Series Champions in 2004, 2007, 2013) and the  5 time Super Bowl Champion New England Patriots.  My greatest wish is to meet Tom Brady, the Pope is second. I enjoy reading books on U.S. Presidents and Church history. I love reality TV shows. I even dabbled in acting while in High School and College. My present “first lady” is my 10-year old tabby cat named Julie. I have 2 younger brothers, and my parents Max and Pat live in Surprise, AZ. 

I look forward to many happy years of serving you. "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me." Phil 4:13

-Fr. Matt