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Fr. Hans became Pastoral Administrator at St. Juan Diego July 1st, 2021.

Born in 1982 in Salem, he graduated from North Salem High in 1999 then earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Carnegie Mellon University.
He led retreats for youths in parishes around the western United States, then was youth minister at St. Anne in Grants Pass, working there until entering Mt. Angel Seminary in 2010. He studied theology at the Pontifical North American College in Rome. Pastoral ministry training included Central Catholic High School in Southeast Portland and Regina Coeli Prison in Rome. He participated in an immersion with Catholic Relief Services in Bosnia and Herzegovina. He was deacon at St. Mary in Eugene in 2015 and was ordained a priest in 2017. His first priestly assignment was as parochial vicar at Ascension in Southeast Portland followed by 3 years as Parochial Vicar at Holy Trinity in Beaverton.

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Deacon Dennis has been a member of the parish since the very first Mass. He and his wife Marci have been involved in high school youth ministry, baptism prep and RCIA at St. Juan Diego. He was ordained a Permanent Deacon for the Diocese in 2008. He has a Master of Arts in Pastoral Ministry and a degree in mechanical engineering. He has worked in the electric power industry all his career. Deacon Dennis and his wife have three grown sons.

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Deacon Diego, originally from Venezuela, moved in August 2021 to Portland, OR (work relocation) from Houston, TX., where he and his family lived since 2005. He has a degree in mechanical engineering, fluent in three languages with extensive work experience in the Oil & Gas and chemical industry. Since 2009 he has served in multiple ministries at St. Martha Catholic Church in Kingwood, TX., and in 2019 he was ordained as a Permanent Deacon for the Diocese of Galveston-Houston. Deacon Diego and his wife have 2 daughters and two grandkids. They are big time beachgoers and like discovering new cuisines. Deacon Diego is a big die-hard fan of his favorite sports teams.

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Adriel Algiene recently escaped the unyielding heat of Las Vegas and arrived in Portland, OR in August of 2015. He has been playing piano from the age of 10, working in Liturgical music from the age of 15, and earned his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Classical Piano Performance from Adams State College in Alamosa, CO.  While living in Nevada, he became the  Assistant Music Director of St. Francis of Assisi Parish. Mr. Algiene is also a Private Piano teacher and vocal coach who has worked with a number of ensembles, choirs, and conductors. His hobbies include walking his dog, reading books, geeking out over Doctor Who, Star Wars, and The Avengers, and listening to many, many different types of music. He is very grateful for the opportunity to join St. Juan Diego Parish.

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Kristin is a born and raised Catholic Oregonian, growing up in Salem, OR. She attended University of Oregon and studied Religious Studies while working at the St. Thomas More Newman Center (Catholic Church) on Campus during college. She worked at St. Alice in Springfield, OR and St. Pius X in Portland, OR before coming to St. Juan Diego to start her 15th year of church ministry.

Outside of ministry Kristin enjoys spending time with her husband, Greg and their 3 yr. old daughter, Nora. She loves hiking (especially near waterfalls), camping, cooking and reading!

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Ana Garcia was born and raised in the San Fernando Valley of Los Angeles, CA. She spontaneously moved to Portland, Oregon in Jan 2010. Ana has a background in Business Management with experience in managing part of a Corporation chain at 21 years old. Previously, she worked in the Banking industry where she gained more in depth knowledge of the finance industry. She also is an active member of St. Pius X, involved with many different ministries and where she volunteers a lot of her time. With her professional background, Catholic upbringing and love of her Catholic faith, in 2021 she joined Our Lady of Sorrows in SE Portland where she learned what it is to work in Parish life. Ana loves spending time with her dog, loves the outdoors and very much enjoys the summertime where she’s able to enjoy some of her favorite activities such as lake days, camping, floating, paddle boarding, rafting & more. She also enjoys hiking year round, loves traveling and visiting her family & friends in Los Angeles. Ana is Bilingual in both English and Spanish. She is very excited for the opportunity to join St. Juan Diego Parish!

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Jeny Velazquez-Samayoa was born in Guatemala. She came to the US in 1998 with her family when she was seven years old. She is bilingual in Spanish & English. Jeny and her husband, Gonzalo welcomed their first son in June 2019 and their daughter Sofia in August 2021. Now the family of 4 enjoy spending time together by going on walks or doing fun activities.