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Rev. Greg Ng Kimm

Rev. Gregory Ng Kimm, Pastor

If the name seems familiar, that’s because Fr. Greg served at St. Joseph’s as deacon from 1986-87 and as parochial vicar (associate pastor) from 1989-1995. He returned as pastor of St. Joseph of Cupertino in July 2005. A native of Bakersfield, California, and the descendant of pioneer Chinese immigrants, he received a degree in English from The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC, and studied for the priesthood at St. Patrick’s Seminary, Menlo Park, CA. In 1987 he became the fifth priest ordained for the Diocese of San José. As the first Chinese American pastor of St. Joseph of Cupertino, he is committed to recognizing and affirming the diversity of the Church.

Msgr. Joseph Milani, Pastor Emeritus

Monsignor Milani was born in San Rafael, California, lived in Kentfield, and attended grade school in San Anselmo. He attended St. Joseph College Seminary, Los Altos, and St. Patrick’s Seminary, Menlo Park. Monsignor was ordained on June 16, 1950. He was associate pastor at five Bay Area parishes before serving as pastor of St. Catherine Church in Morgan Hill. As the first chancellor of the Diocese of San José (1981-1985), he was instrumental in guiding the formative years of the Diocese. He was named pastor of St Joseph of Cupertino in 1985. His outstanding work in the Diocese was recognized by Bishop McGrath in 2000, when he was elevated to the rank of Monsignor. [Top]

Rev. Athanasius Kikoba, Parochial Vicar

Rev. Athanasius Kikoba was born in 1973 in Uganda. Uganda is a Christian country in eastern Africa. About 42% of the people are Catholic and another 36% are Anglican. His father was a teacher and his mother a stay-at-home wife. Teachers are poorly paid in Uganda. Father Athanasius’ family was very involved in the Catholic Church. That involvement and life circumstances strongly influenced his faith formation and desire to become a Catholic priest.

Father Athanasius was further influenced by a Catholic priest, Father Hans Smeets (pronounced Smits). Father Smeets worked very hard with the local people and was always helping poor people, handicapped children, orphans, etc. Other than his parents, Father Smeets was the most important person in young Father Athanasius’ life.

Father Athanasius entered the seminary at age 16. After two years at St. James preparatory seminary and six years in the high school seminary, he went to St. Thomas Aquinas, a major national seminary in Katigondo, central Uganda with students from all 19 Ugandan dioceses. During his three years there, he studied logic and philosophy. It was an extremely demanding and rigorous program. Of the 34 students who started, only four finished the program and became priests. Father Athanasius received a diploma in religious studies and a bachelor's degree in philosophy from Makerere University, the most renowned in Uganda. In 2000, his bishop sent him to study theology at Notre Dame Seminary in New Orleans. He completed his studies there and received a Master's degree in Divinity.

During summer breaks at the seminary in the U.S., he worked in parishes in Utica, New York and in a mental hospital. He did Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) and worked at St. Raymond’s parish, which was destroyed by hurricane Katrina and closed. He was chaplain and spiritual director for cloistered Benedictine Sisters in Uganda and has presided at retreats, mostly for sisters in Uganda.

After completing all his studies, Father Athanasius was ordained a priest in Uganda on July 4, 2004. He is currently pursuing a master’s degree in spirituality at Santa Clara University. [Top]

Rev. Don Morgan, Parochial Vicar

Rev. Morgan is the oldest of four children of the late William Henry and Mary Morgan. He was born April 6, 1947 in Montréal, Canada and attended St. Brendan Elementary School, Cardinal Newman High School, Assumption University of Windsor and the University of Toronto where he earned B.A. and B.Ed. degrees. Father Morgan has two sisters living in British Columbia and a brother who lives in Montréal. He also has family in Redwood City and Oakland.

His parish affiliations have included St. Brendan's (Montréal), Our Lady of the Assumption (Windsor, Ontario), St. Swithin's (Southsea, England), Holy Rosary (Toronto), Holy Family (San Jose) and Sacred Heart (Saratoga).

Father Morgan taught religion, history, and English for 30 years as a De La Salle Christian Brother in various Catholic Schools in Canada and the United Kingdom. As a teacher of religion he felt most happy when passing on the truths of the Catholic faith to others.

Father Morgan was always very involved in the liturgical life of the Church. "I feel very close to God whenever I have the opportunity to join with others in praising God at the Eucharist and the Liturgy of the Hours." He enjoys walking, sailing, history, architecture, and music.

Father Morgan began formal theological studies for the priesthood in 2002 at the Franciscan School of Theology at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley. In 2004, after being accepted as a candidate for priesthood by the Diocese of San José, he continued his studies at Saint Patrick's Seminary at Menlo Park. He served as a deacon at Sacred Heart Parish in Saratoga in 2006. He was ordained priest by Bishop Patrick McGrath on May 26, 2007. His first assignment as a priest was at Saint Simon's in Los Altos. In 2009 he was appointed Pastor of Five Wounds Portuguese National Church in San José. [Top]

Deacon Ron Hansen

Deacon Ron Hansen was ordained by Bishop Patrick McGrath, Bishop of San José, on January 13, 2007 and comes to Saint Joseph of Cupertino following his original assignment to Mission Santa Clara. He also serves as co-chair of the Committee for Continuing Education of Clergy. Deacon Hansen grew up in Omaha, Nebraska where he received his B. A. in English literature at Creighton University. Following military service as a Lieutenant in the Army, he earned a Master of Fine Arts in fiction writing at the famous Iowa Writers Workshop. He held a Wallace Stegner creative writing fellowship at Stanford University and taught there for three years before taking positions at the universities of Michigan, Cornell, Arizona, UC-Santa Cruz, and elsewhere. Since 1996 he has been the Gerard Manley Hopkins, S.J. Professor in the Arts and Humanities at Santa Clara University, where he earned an M. A. from the Graduate Pastoral Ministries Program in 1995. Deacon Hansen is the author of twelve books, including Mariette in Ecstasy, Atticus, and The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, which was made into a movie starring Brad Pitt and Casey Affleck. His wife, Bo Caldwell, is also a fiction writer. Some parishioners may know her novel The Distant Land of My Father. Their daughter is attending medical school and their son is earning a graduate degree in musical theater at New York University. In addition to his other duties, Deacon Hansen leads a Bible study group on the Gospel. [Top]