Meet Our Clergy
Father Joel's Bio
Fr. Joel Sember was ordained a priest in 2007 for the diocese of Green Bay, Wisconsin. He became pastor here on August 3, 2020. Prior to this assignment he served as associate pastor in Oshkosh and De Pere and pastor of three parishes in southern Oconto County. He holds a B.A. in philosophy and Catholic studies from the University of St. Thomas, a bachelor’s in sacred theology from the Pontifical Gregorian University, and a license in sacred theology from the Pontifical University Santa Croce in Rome. He is the second-oldest of seven children. His parents live in southeast Wisconsin. Between ministry and parish meetings, Fr. Joel rides a motorcycle and paddles a kayak around great Wisconsin lakes. You can listen to his homily podcast every Sunday at PilgrimPriest.us
Father Raja's Bio
Besides my priestly academic formation at undergraduate level in Philosophy and Theology, I also hold a master’s degree in ‘Christian Studies’ from the University of Madras, Chennai – India. I am much fascinated in the field of arts – writings, music and media ministries. I have been a journalist, author, lyricist and liturgical music composer. I am an author of nineteen books, both in my mother tongue Tamil and in English, and composed 180 liturgical hymns in Tamil. It’s all available in both audio and visual format in my YouTube channel – nesam creations. For your surprise, it’s all in my mother tongue Tamil, an ancient and classical language. Every Sunday, I also write Sunday reflection (at my Facebook page – Catholic Faith Companion: A Social Media Network. Concerned with the communicative nature of witness, I am currently doing my doctoral studies at Catholic Theological Union, Chicago.
It’s been truly, my blessing to be with Fr. Joel Sember and serve you at St. John, Ss. Mary & Hyacinth and St. Wenceslaus. Though it was hard at the beginning for me as a Californian to live in this cold weather, to be honest, I am really enjoying it now. It is my first winter experience in Wisconsin, and so, I went around and took a lot of videos and pictures in the snow background.