Fr. Jess Ty
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Fr. Jess Ty Biography
Born in the Philippines, I graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Divine Word University located in Tacloban. Then, I graduated from the University of Santo Tomas Central Seminary. Next, I completed a diploma course of Pre-marital and Marital Counselling at Ateneo Loyola University in Quezon. Finally, I was ordained November 21, 1998 for the Diocese of Naval, Biliran, Philippines.
Moving to the Phoenix Diocese in 2008, I have been Parochial Vicar at St. Mary’s in Chandler, Queen of Peace in Mesa and San Francisco de Asis in Flagstaff. I was assigned as Parochial Administrator here at Our Lady of Joy in 2013. I was incardinated as clergy of the Diocese of Phoenix and appointed Pastor of Our Lady of Joy on July 29, 2014. It is a blessing to be your pastor!
Fr. Thomas Varkey
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Fr. Thomas Varkey Biography
I was born in India and have two brothers and five sisters. Three of my sisters became nuns, while the rest are married with families. I studied Philosophy and Theology at the St. Joseph Pontifical Seminary Alwaye, Kerala, India. I was ordained on December 27th, 1990 and I belong to the Diocese of Pala in Kerala, but was ordained for the "Missionary Society of St. Thomas the Apostle’’ (MST). I came to Arizona in September of 2013 and I have been an Associate Pastor at Our Lady of Joy ever since.
Dcn. Jim Gall
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Dcn. Jim Gall Biography
What a privilege it is to be here and to serve at OLOJ. I was born and raised in Michigan and I am a HUGE Wolverine fan.
I have been married for 42 years to my lucky and beautiful wife Debi. We have three children. Our daughter who also has two beautiful children and twin sons. I became a Deacon in 2010 and I been here at OLOJ since 2015. I am involved with Marriage Preparation, Baptisms, Funerals, Altar Servers and most importantly making sure that you feel “Welcomed” here at OLOJ.
You will see me here on most weekends in the courtyard. Please stop by and say hi and let me know how I can be of service.
Dcn. Jim Sejba
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Director of Parish Operations
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Administrative Assistant to Pastor
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Becky Eisiminger Biography
I recently joined the Parish staff as the Administrative Assistant to Father Jess. My husband Tom and I have been members of OLOJ for three years and have two grown children, Katie and Thomas. Katie lives in Portland, Oregon, and Thomas is a cadet at The United States Military Academy (West Point). Additionally, we have three standard poodles at home that keep us very busy. Many of you know me through the various OLOJ volunteer opportunities and ministries in which I am active such as RCIA, the Legion of Mary, etc. I am a retired Army aviator and spent almost 25 years in service to my country. I come to OLOJ with an administrative background at the local, state and federal levels. I am also a graduate of the University of Washington (BS) and the Diocese of Phoenix’s Kino Catechetical Institute.
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Frances Marzella Biography
I have been an Administrative Assistant at Our Lady of Joy since 2007. It has been my pleasure to work with the Staff, Parishioners, and the beautiful community of Carefree. I grew up in Scottsdale and live here with my wonderful husband, Vince, and my son Franco and daughter Marissa.
Coordinator of Stewardship & Communications
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Lauren Haro Biography
I am very happy to join the OLOJ staff as Coordinator of Stewardship and Communications. As a long-time member of this parish, it is very rewarding to work in this beautiful setting with wonderful people every day! My goal is to make sure that every parishioner knows we offer a wealth of opportunities and support with the intention of increasing awareness and participation in our Catholic faith. Our three daughters attended Notre Dame Prep where I served as Communications Coordinator for 12 years. Born in Tucson but raised abroad, I earned a B.A. in Journalism from the U of A and a master’s degree from the Thunderbird School of Global Management.
Director of Faith Formation
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David Lins Biography
It is an honor to be the Director of Faith Formation here at Our Lady of Joy. In 1992, I joined the National Evangelization Teams (NET) and have been either volunteering or working full time for the Catholic Church throughout Arizona and California ever since. I have written for the Catholic Sun, been interviewed on Immaculate Heart Radio, guested on The Broken Halo radio show and facilitated hundreds of retreats.
I live in Maricopa County with my wonderful wife Maryrose. Together, we are certified foster parents and strong adoption advocates. She puts up with my support of the Green Bay Packers.
Director of Preschool
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Jessica Snook Biography
I am blessed to be the Director of Preschool at Our Lady of Joy Catholic Preschool. I have been in education for 17 years in both private and Catholic schools. A positive, engaging and safe learning environment is the setting here at OLOJ Catholic Preschool and I am proud to lead our great school in academic excellence in a faith filled surroundings.
My family has been parishioners at Our Lady of Joy for over 25 years and we love being a part of the Cave Creek community. I enjoy being a part of the community in which I was raised, growing up in Cave Creek has been wonderful. Our two children, ages 11 and 8 attend Annunciation Catholic School in Cave Creek.
- M.ED Administration and Supervision/University of Phoenix
- B.A Science /University of Arizona
- Arizona Certified Principal
- Arizona Teaching Certificate/Highly Qualified Biology
- Structured English Immersion Certificate
- Catechist Certification
Coordinator of Children's Catechesis
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Karen Powers Biography
It is an honor serving the families of Our Lady of Joy. Since 2005, I have served in our preschool as a Teaching Assistant, Teacher, Assistant Director, Office Manager and am currently serving the parish families as Coordinator of Children’s Catechesis. I’ve seen a lot of change in the Valley since first arriving in 1969. I attended Ss. Simon and Jude Catholic Grade School and Xavier High School in Phoenix. My husband and I have two sons, two grandsons (all from Phoenix) and a Georgia peach granddaughter!
Director of Music
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Alegria Gift Store Administrator
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Teresa Twiggs Biography
I grew up in Long Beach, CA and studied at CSULB.My husband Greg, daughters Amber and Tia, and I moved to Scottsdale from North Carolina in 2001. My greatest gift and accomplishment has been raising my daughters.
My learning experiences began with volunteer work at the Heard Museum but quickly ended up taking a position at the Heard North location. After a year, I moved into the manager’s position. My role was to educate and promote the arts and heritage of the American Indian tribes of the Southwest. Upon closing the Heard North, I was offered the position in the Berlin Art Gallery at the main Heard Museum in downtown Phoenix, where I cultivated relationships with living masterwork artists. I now want to give my time and experience to my home parish.
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