Greetings from Fr Saju!
Let me begin this note by thanking Fr Sergio, my friend and a great pastor, for his six years of ministry and dedicated hard work at St Martin’s parish. I am also grateful to Fr Abe, a gracious priest, wonderful human being and my friend for 33 years. I wish them well in their new assignments! I know, relationships cannot be replaced. However, I am sure, in the web of relationships, your hearts that are full of love will include me.
St Martin’s Parish is noted for its lay leadership/volunteers, welcoming community spirit, openness, acceptance of rich diversity, generosity of parishioners, promotion of social justice, participation in outreach, great school and staff. These elements make this community the true face of Christ. We will continue to follow this path.
I am sure that you will agree with me that the first step towards any meaningful relationship is to get to know each other. I know very few of you. However, I look forward to getting to know you all. Let me introduce myself to initiate this process. I was born in South India, the second of five siblings. My mother is alive and well. My dad went to the Lord three years ago. I have two brothers and two sisters. Both my sisters are nuns belonging to two religious orders. My younger brother and family live in San Jose.
After degrees in Philosophy and Theology at Pontifical Athenaeum, Pune – a university and seminary run by the Jesuits, I was ordained a priest on January 4, 1994. I hold three bachelor’s degrees and two master’s degrees. I moved to California in 2001 and have worked in the Diocese of San Jose since then. After completion of my studies in canon law at Catholic University of America (Washington, DC), I have been also appointed as judge at the diocesan tribunal along with my parish assignments.
My guiding principle in ministry is the theology of presence. An indigenous Australian woman named Lilla Watson said: “If you have come to help me, you are wasting your time. But if you have come because your liberation is bound up with mine, then let us work together.” So, here I am willing to walk and serve in the journey of faith. I come willing to learn and to teach; intending to listen and to be heard; prepared to give and receive. In this process, we pray, talk, listen, discern, decide and implement as a community guided by the Spirit of Christ.
I request you to keep Fr Generoso and I in your prayers. Please pray for God’s blessings so that those who come into this community will continue to “taste and see the goodness” of God.
United in the love of Christ, faith and ministry,