The Parish Council serves as an Advisory Board and assists the Pastor, helping him to make all the major pastoral decisions that pertain to our community at St. Clare’s.
Evelyn Amaya came to California from El Salvador 30 years ago. She is married to Alex, and they have one daughter and three grandchildren. In the 20 years that she has been a member of St. Clare’s, she have been involved in different roles and activities, including serving as the treasurer for the Hispanic community and as financial council co-chair. In her free time, she likes to plan events for friends and family as well as cheer for her grandkids at their sport’s events.
Tony Colombo was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri and moved to California in 1958 to attend college, receiving a BA and an MPA. He met Bonnie and they were married at St. Clare’s in 1961. They now have we have 6 children, 15 grandchildren, and 1 great grandchild. A member of the Knights of Columbus, he became the first Grand Knight of the St. Clare of Assisi Council. He worked in aerospace during the late 60’s early 70’s, and switched to law enforcement before retiring in the 90’s.
Mary Correia has been active in St. Clare’s since 1960. Immigrating from the Azores at the age of 6, she attended public school and graduated from Santa Clara High. Her degree from San Jose State first led her to work in high tech and now to Santa Clara University’s Management Department. Mary has been married to Eduardo for 33 years and they have three children, all of whom attended St. Clare’s School. Mary is active in various Portuguese organizations and is currently serving on the Board of Directors of the Portuguese Historical Museum of San Jose.
Marah Gebala came to the Bay Area from New York after completing her Masters at Columbia University. She is presently working as a nurse manager at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center. Marah and her husband Robert have been parishioners at St. Clare’s for four years. Her two daughters, Natalie Brooke and Gabrielle Grace, both attend St. Clare School.
Scott McLarty begins his time on the Pastoral Council this year and works as the Director of Admissions at Bellarmine College Preparatory. After growing up in Southern California and spending 15 years studying and working in Chicago teaching theology, Scott moved to the Bay Area two years ago with his wife, Hope, and daughter, Harper. Before taking his current position at Bellarmine, Scott taught theology at St. Ignatius College Preparatory in San Francisco and worked as the Director of the Office for Peace and Justice for the Archdiocese of Chicago.
Anne McMahon has been active in St. Clare’s since 2002. In 2011, she started our parish’s Social Justice Committee, which focuses on education, advocacy and action around justice issues. Anne is a lector at both St. Clare’s and the daily Mass at Mission Santa Clara. Anne received a Masters in Pastoral Ministries at Santa Clara and currently works for the university in administration. She also holds a M.A. in History from George Mason University and a B.S. in Commerce and Engineering from Drexel University. Originally from the Philadelphia area, she lives in Santa Clara with her husband, Sean, and their three children.
Madeline Rader serves as Principal of St. Clare School. She and her husband Paul joined the community of St. Clare 18 years ago. Madeline became principal six years ago after serving as first grade teacher & assistant principal. She is a graduate of Santa Clara University Catholic School Leadership program and most recently earned her graduate certificate from the Academy of Blended Learning-Santa Clara University. Madeline and her husband are Eucharistic Ministers and Lectors at St. Clare’s 7:45 Sunday mass. They also attend the St. Clare School-Parish Family Mass.
Patrick Schneider, a San Francisco native, attended St. Ignatius College Prep and Loyola Marymount, where he majored in mathematics, worked in Campus Ministry, and, most importantly, met his wife, Kathleen. Married for 25 years, Patrick and Kathleen have three children, Rachel (Notre Dame San Jose), Michael (Pacific Autism Center for Education), and Noah (St. Clare School). Patrick has spent his career in Catholic education, including over 20 years at Bellarmine College Prep, teaching math and religious studies, coached the varsity basketball team, and for a while, served as Dean of Students.
Gregory Shelby is the newest Catholic on the Parish Council, having completed RCIA in this parish in 2013. He grew up in the United Methodist church tradition in a farm town in Oregon and came to California to attend Stanford University for both his BA in American Studies and Masters in teaching. After teaching history, government, world religions, and journalism, Greg is now principal at Santa Clara High School. A member of the Social Justice committee, Greg is married to life-long Catholic Seana and has two daughters, Harper and Grace Clare, both of whom attend public schools.
John Sullivan is a life-long Catholic, raised in nearby St. Martin of Tours Church. He is a graduate of Bellarmine and Loyola Marymount. After teaching and youth ministry in Belize, he received a Masters of Divinity at the Jesuit school of theology in Boston, and served in hospital chaplaincy. John earned a doctoral degree in clinical psychology with a specialization in the integration of mental health and spirituality. John works at Catholic Charities, training psychology interns and providing bilingual mental health services. John and his husband Willie are the parents of twin third graders at St. Clare School.