Meet The St. Clare Parish Staff

Fr. Tadeusz (Tad) Terembula

Pastor
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Fr. Tad was born in Poland on June 6, 1969. He entered Seminary in Poland in 1988 and continued studying theology in Germany from 1991 to 1996 where he received his Master Degree in Theology. He was ordained in Germany on April 21, 1996.

He worked as a Missionary in South Korea from 1997 to 2008 where he obtained his Master Degree in Business Administration. His first assignment as a Parochial Vicar was at St. Mary Parish in Gilroy from 2008 to 2011. He then went to St. Joseph Cathedral Basilica in San Jose from 2011 to 2013 as a Parochial Vicar.

His third assignment was as a Parochial Vicar at St. Clare Parish from 2013 to 2014 and he became the Pastor of St. Clare Parish on July 1st, 2014.

Father Tad, speaks Polish, German, Korean, English and Spanish! He enjoys learning new languages, reading, traveling, hiking, photography and economy.

Fr. Pedro Bienvenido Perez Sención

Parochial Vicar
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Born in Azua de Compostela in the Dominican Republic, Dec. 5, 1979, third child of four children of Telma Isidora de Leon and Pedro Bienvenido Perez Segura. His family all live in the Dominican Republic. The only boy in the family, he attended elementary school at Angel Fermin’s Novoa.  For high school, he attended the Liceo Roman Bardoritti de Castro.

At age 16, he started to think about becoming a priest and began the process to be a Jesuit.  He entered the Jesuit novitiate on Sept. 6, 1998 in Santiago de los Caballeros in the Dominican Republic at age 18, and took first vows on Sept. 9, 2000.

From 2000 to 2004, he was a student of philosophy and humanities at the Instituto  Pedro Francisco Bono, a Jesuit institute in Santo Domingo. He received a degree in philosophy and humanities. Spent three months in Haiti working with refugees and learning Creole, the language of native Haitians.

In April 2004, he was sent by his superiors to study English at Georgetown University in Washington, DC where he stayed for six months. “This experience afforded me an opportunity to learn about the United States and the Catholic Church here.”

Returning to the Dominican Republic, he was an academic director and taught for two years at the Instituto Agronómico San Ignacio de Loyola in Dajabón, a city on the border with Haiti.

From August to December 2006, he worked in the Jesuit Refugee Service in Santiago doing both administration and pastoral work especially with the poor, the marginalized and immigrants from Haiti.

In 2007, he was sent to Brazil to begin theological studies in Belo Horizonte; in two years there he learned to speak Portuguese and taught part-time at Loyola High School.

He was ordained a deacon on Dec. 27, 2009 in Manresa Loyola in Santo Domingo. In November 2010, he applied to the Diocese of San Jose and was accepted. He was assigned to St. Clare Parish as a Parochial Vicar starting July 1st, 2014.

Clarissa Barela

Office Manager
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Clarissa Barela was born and raised in the Southwestern area of the United States, has lived in California since 1988.  She is married to a Diocesan Deacon and has 3 daughters who attend local Catholic schools.

Clarissa has worked for the Diocese of San Jose for over 21 years; all of which were spend working in various offices within the Chancery offices.

Linda Ortiz Brisuela

Administrator Assistant
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Linda was born and raised in the heart of downtown San Jose. She attended St. Patrick’s Elementary and Notre Dame High School. She is also a graduate of the ILM and has been working for the Diocese of San Jose since 1989.

Linda currently works at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Joseph as the Catechetical Coordinator and a Parish Assistant.

She has been a bilingual Catechist for 18 years and hopes to share her skills with the St. Clare staff and community.

Laura Ortiz

Confirmation Coordinator
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Laura Ortiz has been working for the Diocese of San Jose since 1998. Her ministry and passion for youth and teens has her completing her 14th year of service in Catechetic High School Confirmation.

Graduate from St. Patrick Elementary, Notre Dame High School in San Jose and the University of California, Hayward with a Business Administration degree and minor in Economics, Laura is currently working at St. Justin Parish as an Administrative Assistant and at Cathedral Basilica of St. Joseph as a Wedding Coordinator.

This past May Laura finished her first year as the high school Confirmation coordinator here at St. Clare.

Diane Madruga

RCIA Coordinator
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Diane was born in Lemoore, California to a Portuguese, dairy farming couple. After getting married to Manuel Madruga she moved to Santa Clara in August of 1972.

She started helping in the Catechetical office during Saturday sessions for Sister Conception at St Clare Parish in 1981.

When Sister Conception retired she helped out with Sister Georgia Lange.

Diane worked few years as Director of Catechetics and then when she “retired” from that job, she went back to volunteering as Coordinator of RCIA.

It has been a challenge many times but always brings her joy and accomplishment.

Diane will continue to share her faith with others.