Rev. Joseph Than Liem, CMC | Pastor
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Fr. Joseph is one of 7 siblings. He Joined the seminary when he was just 12 years old, where he learned to love the priesthood. He is a member of the religious order:
Congregation of the Mother Co-Redemptrix.
The Congregation was founded in 1953 by the Most Rev. Dominic Maria Trần Đình Thủ, CMC, in Vietnam.
Before 1975, the congregation was relatively small in Vietnam, overshadowed by the Dominican, Franciscan, Jesuit, and Redemptorist institutes, among others. In the United States, however, virtually all Vietnamese Roman Catholics are aware of the Congregation. Just before the Fall of Saigon in 1975, 185 clergy – about half of the Congregation – left Vietnam as boat people and arrived in the United States at Fort Chaffee. Cardinal Bernard Francis Law, then Bishop of Springfield–Cape Girardeau, sponsored the priests and brothers, inviting them to buy a vacant Oblates of Mary Immaculate seminary, Our Lady of the Ozarks College in Carthage, for $1 for use as their U.S. monastery and shrine to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.
In 1978, the Congregation organized the inaugural Marian Days at the shrine. Around 1,500 Vietnamese Catholics from the Carthage area participated.
Fr Joseph comes to us from Christ the King Parish in Forth Worth TX. Some of hi s favorite hobbies are Martial Arts, Tae Kwon Do, traveling with friends and anything having to do with computers and technology!
Margaret Miller | Catechetical Formation Coordinator-English
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Margaret Miller joined St. Mary Magdalene Catholic Church in 1994 after moving to Corona from Orange County. She joined the staff in July 1996 serving as the part-time Sacramental Preparation Coordinator and the Children's Ministry Tweens until 2003. Taking a one year break, she rejoined the staff in 2004 holding a variety of positions and currently serves at the Coordinator of Catechetical Ministry with infants to adults for sacramental preparation, on-going faith formation and evangelization.
On-going formation is vital for all parish staff and catechists. Margaret holds certificates in Elementary Catechesis, Youth Ministry, Youth & Adult Confirmation, and Adult Faith Formation from the California Catholic Conference; Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults from the North American Forum on the Catechumenate, and a certificate in Parish Business Administration from Loyola Marymount University. Margaret is a graduate of the Coordinators of Parish Ministry Formation in the Diocese of San Bernardino, a three-year diocesan program for the formation of Lay Ecclesial Ministers.
Lidia Mendoza | Catechetical Formation Coordinator (Spanish) Liturgy Coordinator
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I’m 54 years old from Zacatecas Mexico; living in the USA since December 1977
Married to Jose Armando Hernandez since Aug 1985; we have three sons Armando 29 Alfredo 27 and Anibal 21
Our family has been part of this parish since July 1994 after moving from Santa Ana CA (orange county) from day one our family became part of all different ministers within the Hispanic community in Saint Mary Magdalene Church.
I was hired by Father Vincent Au on May 2012; I’m currently the Liturgy coordinator and sacramental preparation leader for the Spanish program, as well as staff support for most Hispanic ministries in the parish.
Laura Ortega | Parish Secretary
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My name is Laura Ortega, I’m married and have two boys, 7 and 9 years old. I’ve been married for 11 years. We have been part of St. Mary Magdalene since 2010. In the past, I have been a Lector, Catechist and an Eucharistic Minister. I volunteered in the Parish office for 4 years as a receptionist, before I was hired. I have Enthroned the Sacred Heart of Jesus in my home and I’m part of the Couples for Christ Ministry. Also, I’m in the process of completing my Parish Ministers Formation Program (PMFP).What made our family fall in love with SMM was the friendly community at mass. I was born in Los Angeles, but was raised in Mexico. I have a BA Degree in Social Communications from the University of Colima. I like to dance, go to the movies and nurture friendships. I’m proud to be a part of SMM staff and parish community.