Pastoral Staff

The pastoral staff can be contacted at the regional parish offices located in Aberdeen:

306 E. Third Street
Aberdeen, WA 98520
Phone: 360-532-8300
Fax: 360-538-9987
Email: info@ghcatholic.org


Priests


Fr. Francis Arulappan, H.G.N.

Fr. Francis Arulappan
Priest Administrator

Fr. Francis Arulappan, H.G.N.

I belong to the Missionary Society of Heralds of Good News, India. I entered the minor seminary of the Order in 1993 and was ordained a priest in 2001. I have a Master’s Degree in Christian Studies and Bachelor of Education from Madras University. I served the Order as an administrator and visiting professor of theology and philosophy in the major seminaries and rector of minor seminary. I also served as General Secretary, Treasurer General and Superior General of the Order for six years. I worked in Divine Mercy School for 15 months as Correspondent.

Now I am here in Western Grays Harbor as Priest Administrator. I love being a priest. My priestly motto is "Set apart for the Gospel." I like reading, meditation, personal prayer and preaching. I am also interested in teaching, youth ministry, and retreats. I'm interested in assisting those wanting to return back to the Catholic faith. I love praying the Divine Mercy chaplet and reciting the holy rosary daily.


Fr. Showreelu Simham

Fr. Showreelu Simham
Parochial Vicar

Fr. Showreelu Simham

Fr. Showreelu Simham was born on October 21, 1980 and raised in southern part of India in the village of Mutluru. He is the youngest of three sons from a family with a Christian tradition dating back 200 years. His parents entered him in the seminary when he was in 6th grade. In addition to his philosophical and theological studies at St. John’s Regional Seminary, Hyderabad, he earned Bachelor of Commerce and English Literature degrees. He was ordained in the year 2011 on April 28 for the mission diocese of Nellore in Andhra Pradesh state.

On a personal note, Fr. Simham likes all types of food - he follows the motto from his seminary days "eat what is placed before you." He plays cricket, football (soccer), and table tennis. He likes to visit new places and learn about new cultures. His other interests include watching the news and studying the history of places.


Fr. Jaya Kumar Embeti

Fr. Jaya Kumar Embeti
Parochial Vicar

Fr. Jaya Kumar Embeti

Fr. Jaya Kumar was born December 1, 1980, in Chinthareddy Palem, Nellore District, Andhra Pradesh, India. He has served as a diocesan priest in the diocese of Nellore, India.

He has a Bachelor of Commerce degree, a Master of Arts degree in Literature (Shakespeare), a Master of Social Work, and a Diploma in Carnatic Music in Kali Khavari College of Fine Arts in Trichy, Tamil Nadu, India. He studied philosophy at St. John’s Regional Seminary, Kondadaba, Vizag, Andhra Pradesh, India and theology at St. John’s Regional Seminary, Hyderabad, in Telangana, India. He was ordained on April 28, 2011.

His appointments have included:
2011-2012 – Assistant Pastor in Tripuranthakam Parish
2012-2014 – Musical Studies (Carnatic Music in South Indian style)
2014-2017 – Pastor to St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Hanumanthunipadu Parish
2017-2018 – Language Course in German
2018 – Ministry in St. Stephen’s the Martyr Church, in USA


Fr. Steve Roman, Senior Priest in Residence

Fr. Steve Roman
Senior Priest in Residence

Fr. Steve Roman

Fr. Steve lives and ministers at St. Jerome Parish in Ocean Shores, but just about every weekday he travels the 40-mile roundtrip to Aberdeen. Depending on the day, he may visit the sick, say Mass at an assisted living residence, spend time with students at St. Mary School, chat with volunteers at a free lunch program or stop by the regional office to do paperwork. His weekend schedule can include Masses in Amanda Park, Ocean Shores, Westport and Hoquiam.

Like other senior priests in the archdiocese, Fr. Steve is committed to helping out where he can, continuing his life of ministry to make sure Catholics throughout Western Washington can attend Mass and receive the sacraments as the number of priests declines. "I did retire, but I'm working harder now than if I had not retired," Fr. Steve said. "If you’re a priest, you just die in the saddle. That's my attitude," he said. "I'm happy and working hard."


Pastoral Staff

Theresa WrightPastoral Assistant for Administration
Stephanie WeakleyAdministrative Assistant
Leticia MezaReceptionist & Bulletin Editor
Perla EstradaHispanic Ministry
Ana OronaFaith Formation
Bonnie GilovichR.C.I.A. Director
Jeannine BramstedtHomebound Ministry
Judy FoldenLiturgy Coordinator
Karin CianiPrison Ministry