Herb Casey, Parish Deacon
Deacon Herb Casey was ordained a Permanent Deacon for the Oakland Diocese in November 2008 and was assigned by the Bishop to St John Vianney (SJV). Deacon Herb has been happily married to Peggy Casey since 1966. They have three daughters and six grandchildren. A graduate in Finance from Fairfield University in Fairfield, Connecticut in 1969, Deacon Herb and his family settled in the Bay Area in 1972. Herb also completed an MBA program from John F. Kennedy University here in California in 1985. Prior to his ordination, Herb worked for 31 years in the Auditor Division for two major banks and retired in 2003. Besides various liturgical duties at St. John Vianney, Deacon Herb and his wife continue to work for the Catholic Foreign Mission Society of America, Inc. (Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers) as Mission Promoters serving the Western Regional area in the U.S. Also, Herb is active in various SJV ministries including Hospital Ministry, Communion Services Ministry in local rest homes, Contra Costa Loaves & Fishes Ministry, and the Just Faith Ministry. Deacon Herb and his wife also lead a Maryknoll Affiliates group in the Concord/Clayton area. Also, they are active members on various committees for the Oakland Diocesan Deacon Community. Deacon Herb can be reached through the Parish Office at 939-7911
In Administration at SJV since 2004, Parishioner of SJV since 1992 Ministry duties include Finance, Facilities, Human Resources, Event Coordination, Safety and Ministry Coordination. Debbie has been a catechist and currently works with children in Children’s Liturgy of the Word. Education: UCSD-BA majored in Sociology, Coleman College-BS in Computer Science, UC Berkeley-MBA Resides in Concord, Married to Jerry. Their daughter Kate is married to David Nicol. Their son Jeff currently lives far away in Paris, France and their daughter Jennifer currently lives in Walnut Creek. Born in Pueblo, CO and grew up in San Diego, CA. Enjoys reading, hiking, following the Giants in baseball, camping, going to Disneyland, faith-sharing, and spending time with family and friends. Not necessarily in that order!
“God is love, and whoever remains in love remains in God and God in them..” - 1 John 4:16
Charlene is a resident of Hayward and a San Francisco Bay Area native who brings her many talents to St. John Vianney Parish as Director of Sacred Music.
Charlene graduated from San Francisco State University with a Bachelors of Music in Music Education with emphasis on choral conducting and classical voice. In a addition, she received a degree in Business Administration with emphasis on Finance and Accounting. She previously worked in Alternative Investments (Hedge Funds/ Venture Capital Funds, Family Offices, Philanthropic Funds and Foundations) but has transitioned to a full time position as a Financial Controller at GIveWell, a San Francisco based non-profit.
In addition to full time work, Charlene is full time mother to Isabella Aria (who you may see running around during masses.)
Liz has been active in faith formationsince 1993. Her first foray into religious instruction came when she volunteered to teach a fourth-grade faith formation class at St. Francis of Assisi Church. Coming from a family of teachers, she enjoyed helping others learn and the ability to pair that with her passion for faith made catechetical formation a win-win. Her first official appointment was as Adult Faith Formation Coordinator at St. Francis of Assisi where she taught Infant Baptism, RCIA and Adult Confirmation and eventually became the Director of Religious Education.
At St. Francis, Liz and her family were nurtured and supported by other families actively living their faith. It was through her daily encounters with these families that she came to see the importance of family-based faith formation and began to explore intergenerational catechesis. That led Liz to enroll in a master’s program at the Franciscan School of Theology at The Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley in 2007. Her Master’s thesis, Intergenerational Catechesis as the Primary Model of Faith Formation for the Post-Modern Catholic Church, outlined the importance of all ages sharing faith together as the most effective way to grow in faith. Much of her research came from her family’s experience of growing up around other faith-filled families.
In 2008, Liz had the opportunity to test out her theories on family-based faith formation as the Intergenerational Ministries Coordinator at The Catholic Community of Pleasanton (CCOP) where she worked until 2016. In May 2016 she returned to work in her neighborhood, taking the position of Pastoral Associate of Parish Faith Formation at St. John Vianney Church. Liz is particularly excited that this parish community has embraced family-faith formation. It is her hope that all the families of St. John Vianney will have the same loving and nurturing faith experience that were so important to her family.
Marie has been at St. John Vianney Parish since 1995. As the Pastoral Associate for Young Family Faith Formation Marie oversees Faith Formation for children and Sacrament preparation for Baptism, First Reconciliation, First Eucharist and Confirmation for children and youth up to the age of 18. She loves working with all age levels and feels blessed to part of our parish Faith Formation Team.
SJV Staff since 2011 and I am so happy to be working where I worship. I was born in San Francisco and raised in Walnut Creek and have been a parishioner since 1968. I have been involved in a number of ministries over the years. Currently, I am a greeter at the 11 am Mass and also a member of the bereavement & hospitality ministry. When not working I love to garden, sew, read, camp and fish.