Meet The St. Clare Parish Staff

Fr. Tadeusz (Tad) Terembula

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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.

Joanna Ayllon

Office Manager
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Joanna was born and raised in Santa Clara, California. She attended St. Clare School and Santa Clara High School.

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.

Monica Castillo-Tejera


My name is Monica. Saint Clare has been my parish since I was four. I live in Santa Clara with my husband Pablo and our rabbit Henrietta.