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Our Current Priest:

Fr. Saji Kumbungal Thomas, CMI was born on December 8, 1975 in Murickassery, India. He is one of eight children of the late Thomas Matthew. Fr. Saji was ordained on December 31, 2005 and is a member of the Carmelites of Mary Immaculate (CMI), the first indigenous congregation founded in India in 1829. Following the example of the Founder of CMI, St. Kuriakose Elias Chavara, who was canonized on November 23, 2014 by Pope Francis, Fr. Saji simultaneously serves in the fields of pastoral ministry and education.

Fr. Saji obtained his Masters in Sociology from Madurai Kamaraj University (MKU), Tamil Nadu, India; his Bachelors of Education in English, History and his Bachelors of Arts in English, Sociology, and Psychology from Christ University, Bangalore, Karnataka, India; and his Bachelors of Theology and his Bachelors of Philosophy from Dharmaram Vidya Kshetram (DVK) Pontifical Athenaeum in Bangalore, India.

Fr. Saji has served as Associate Pastor, Vice Principal and Principal in Kerala and Bangalore beginning in 2006 until his arrival in the Baker Diocese in May of 2015.

Fr. Saji speaks four languages and enjoys reading, hiking, playing basketball, listening to music, playing pool, and being with people.

For more information on the Carmelites of Mary Immaculate in the United States and India: http://www.cmiusa.org/ and http://cmi.in/

Priests of Our Lady of the Valley:

Rev. Francis Hartlieb, 1880-1885

Rev. Msgr. Peter DeRoo, 1885

Rev. J. F. Quinn, 1886

Rev. B. G. Ahne, 1887

Rev. J. F. Brouillard, 1888-1895

Rev. Anthony Moore, 1895-1901

Rev. Przybylski, 1901-1903

Rev. H. D. Gartland, 1903-1904

Rev. M. J. Whyte, 1904-1909

Rev. Mattheus A. Aalders, 1909-1911

Rev. John Kerr, 1911

Rev. Patrick J. Driscoll, 1911-1920

Rev. August Loeser, 1920

Rev. Otto Nooy, 1923-1934

Rev. Thomas Brady, 1934-1936

Rev. Michael Mahon, 1936

Rev. Dennis Sheedy, 1939

Rev. Thomas Moore, 1939-1943

Rev. John Phelan, 1943-1945

Rev. John Baumgartner, 1945

Rev. Patrick Stack, 1945-1947

Rev. Joseph Hayes, 1947-1950 & 1967

Rev. Patrick Lunham, 1950-1951

Rev. Michael Brennan, 1951-1952

Rev. John McCarthy, 1952-1954

Rev. John Stupfel, 1954

Rev. John O’Connor, 1954 & 1957

Rev. George Murphy, 1957 & 1972

Rev. John Curran, 1956 & 1961

Rev. Cletus Kirkpatrick, 1956

Rev. Msgr. Matthew Crotty, 1957

Rev. David Hazen, 1957

Rev. Leo Weckerle, 1958 & 1959

Rev. Austin Cribbin, 1958 & 1959

Rev. Charles Driesbach, 1959, 1961 & 1967

Rev. Benjamin Kiernan, 1962

Rev. Elden Curtiss, 1959 & 1965

Rev. Eugene Van Beveren, 1964

Rev. Patrick Gaire, 1964

Rev. Bernard Keating, 1964

Rev. Aloysious Miller, 1946 & 1971

Rev. Charles Lavin, 1965

Rev. Dennis Holmes, 1973

Rev. James Noel, 1973-1975

Rev. Richard Fischer, 1976-1979, 2015-2016

Rev. John Murphy, 1976

Rev. Martin Quigley, 1977

Rev. Henry (Harry) Beegen, 1978

Rev. Brian McGovern, 1979

Rev. Timothy Mockaitis, 1980

Rev. Joseph Kelbel, 1983-1985

Rev. Dominic Hahn, 1985

Rev. Carl Gillen, 1987

Rev. Jocelyn St. Arnaud, 1987

Rev. Francisco Vallejos, 1988

Rev. Louis Henry (Hank) Albrecht, 1988-2008

Rev. Pirmin Ngolle, 2001

Rev. Peter John Auer, 2005

Rev. Remigius Nwabichie, 2005

Rev. Christopher Agoha, 2007-2014

Rev. Augustine Okwuzu, 2008-2009

Rev. Francis Obijekwu, 2008-2009

Rev. Daniel Ochiabuto, 2010-2011

Rev. Gabriel Ezeh, 2010-2012

Rev. Anil Kumar Marri, 2013-2015

Rev. Stephen Abraham Manthuruthil, SDB, 2014-2015

Rev. Saji K. Thomas, CMI, 2015-present