Parish Clergy and Staff

Parish Clergy

Rev. James Narithookil, CMI Send Email

Pastor

Phone: (916) 452-0296 Ext. 16
I was born in Elikulam, in the Catholic diocese of Pala, Kerala State, India on August 18, 1942 as the third son of the 11 children of Mathew and Annamma. The Narithookil family traces its origin to an ancient family of St. Thomas Christians of Syro-Malabar Catholic Rite.St. Thomas, one of the 12 Apostles of Jesus, came to Kerala, India in 52 AD and suffered martyrdom at Mylapore, India, in 72 AD, after establishing an apostolic church (St. Thomas Christians) in south India. A very healthy and conducive religious and spiritual…

Rev. Sijo Chirayath, CMI Send Email

Parochial Vicar

Father Sijo is a member of the congregation of the Carmelites of Mary Immaculate (CMI). He was born on March 10, 1982 in Kerala, India. His parents still live there. He attended local schools and joined the seminary in 1997, at the age of 15. He made his religious profession on September 8, 2001. In college, Fr. Sijo earned a Bachelor of Philosophy degree from Dharmaram Vidya Kshetram, Bangalore (2002-2004), a Bachelor of Commerce from Christ University Bangalore (2005-2008) and a Bachelor of Theology from Samanvaya Theological…

Deacon Luigi Del Gaudio, MSW Send Email

Deacon

Phone: (916) 452-0296 Ext. 12
I was born in Boston, Massachusetts on August 9th, 1946 to two immigrant Italians from Naples, Italy. I am the youngest child and only son of the four children born to my parents. I attended Catholic grade school in Somerville, Massachusetts(four miles from Boston) where I was raised. I was a dutiful altar server at St. Joseph’s Parish and grew up attending every kind of activity the church had to offer from CYO baseball to the drill team where I played as part of the drum team. I went to high school in nearby Cambridge at St. Mary’…

Deacon George Kriske Send Email

Deacon

Phone: (916) 452-0296 Ext. 17
I was born in Duluth, Minnesota. My mother is Swede and my father is Polish. My mother is 2nd generation born in America and my father is first generation. My brother and I were raised in a strong Catholic home. Polish grandparents and extended family were very close. We lived in the country north of Duluth and attended St. Joseph’s Church where I was baptized. Many of my family are buried in the church cemetery. My family moved to Chicago during the 2nd World War and then to a small town in Illinois where I attended grade school…