Rev. Gordon Kalil
Born and raised in Michigan City, Indiana, Fr. Gordon is the eldest of five children—two brothers and two sisters, all of whom live in Indiana. Both of his parents are deceased.
At 39, Fr. Gordon left corporate international success and Manhattan to “find himself” and arrived in the Bay Area. After an 18-year absence, he returned to the Catholic Church through St. Dominic Church in San Francisco. 3 years later he entered the Dominican Order; and, after 8 years of formation, Fr. Gordon was ordained in 1994 at St. Dominic Catholic Church, San Francisco. During his religious life experience, community living became a challenge for him; and, after prayerful discernment, he decided to leave the Dominicans and became incardinated in 1997 as a diocesan priest of the Diocese of Santa Rosa. With the change in Bishops, he was assigned as associate pastor in St. Helena serving for two years. In May 2001 Fr. Gordon was installed as Pastor of St. John the Baptist Catholic Parish, in Napa, California; and, in July 2013, he was named Pastor of St. Helena Catholic Parish, in St. Helena, California.
In Fr. Gordon’s own words, “It is a blessing to be a priest, one which I do not deserve. Although it took over 45 years to become ordained into the priesthood of Christ, it was a varied and sacred journey that God permitted in order for me to be clear and understand what I was saying yes to in serving the Lord and His people. My military service in the U. S. Air Force, and business experience in secular careers as President and CEO of various global business corporations, along with the many graces God has given me, has deepened and enriched my ministry. The greatest joy and blessing in my life is my priesthood. I am one of God’s spoiled brats by having the undeserved gift of serving our Lord and you as a priest. My daily prayers include all our parishioners, school families, and those I have journeyed with over the years of ministry in Him. Blessings, Fr. Gordon”
Deacon Bruce Miroglio
Deacon Bruce A. Miroglio was born in St. Helena and resides here with his wife, Mary. The couple has 5 children, all of whom have been or are still parishioners. Deacon Bruce is a respected attorney and has been in the legal community for 30 years. He is President of the Napa County Bar Association. His legal practice focuses on dispute resolution and the wine industry. He has an office in town, blocks from the Church. Bruce serves on a number of Boards of local charities and other organizations, and is active in various legal and liturgical organizations.
A life-long Catholic, Bruce and Mary answered the call to vocation. After 5 years of study and preparation, he was ordained a Permanent Deacon in August of 2012. Deacon Bruce’s ministry is directed towards the youth and their education in the Church, as well as working with the ill and those dealing with end-of-life issues. He regularly officiates at baptisms, weddings and funerals and preaches from time to time at Mass.
Parish Administration Coordinator
Bernadette is a 4th generation San Franciscan. When she was 8 years old, her parents, older brother and two younger sisters moved to San Rafael. She graduated from Terra Linda High School and San Francisco State University. After college, Bernadette worked for Levi Strauss & Co. as a Textile Lab Assistant, a Sundries Buyer, a Production Planning Manager and finally as a Global Sourcing Manager.
After 17 years with Levi Strauss & Co. she left the company to devote her time to the family business, Precision Glass Systems, Inc. which her husband Craig founded in 1992. Along with working part-time at the family business, she also worked part-time as a 7th and 8th grade math teacher at St. Apollinaris Catholic School in Napa. In 2010, Bernadette’s husband passed away unexpectedly and she was left to continue on as President of the company until she closed the operation in July of 2015. She began working at St. Helena Catholic Church in September of 2015.
Bernadette is the proud mother of two sons, Matt and Chris and has one grandchild, Ryan. Matt and Chris are graduates of St. Apollinaris Catholic School and Justin-Siena High School. Matt is a Richmond, CA police officer and Chris is a fire fighter/paramedic for the Plumas County Fire District.
Bernadette, Matt, Chris and Ryan all reside in Napa and are members of St. Apollinaris Catholic Church.
Religious Education Coordinator; Youth Ministry Coordinator
Fatima Jimenez has been a parishioner of St. Helena Catholic Church since the age of three. The youngest of six siblings, Fatima’s family has lived in St. Helena for over twenty years. She attended St. Helena public schools and graduated from St. Helena High School in 2008. While in high school, she was a member of the St. Helena Catholic Church Hispanic Youth Group and choir. She also assisted the Music Director with the children’s choir. Growing up in a large extended family (six brothers and sisters, three nieces and five nephews), her passion for working with children was born. She is currently pursuing her Associate of Arts Degree in Early Childhood Development and plans to obtain her Bachelor of Arts Degree and teaching credential.
In July 2012 Fatima started working for the St. Helena Catholic Church as the Children’s Religious Education Coordinator. Fatima loves sharing her faith with the wonderful children and their families.
For bookkeeping questions, please contact Ann at 707-963-1228 x 14.
Gladys De Haro
Gladys was born and raised in St. Helena. Her family is originally from Zacatecas Mexico and has been in Napa Valley for over 30 years. Gladys, her parents and her sisters have found St. Helena to be “our home away from home” since St. Helena Catholic Church is their home parish and they all have received their Sacraments here. Gladys graduated from St. Helena High School in 2006; and, in 2012, completed a medical assistant course. Her plans are to go back to school and get a degree in nursing. She loves helping others in any way she can. Gladys has a beautiful 6-year-old daughter, and she loves to spend all her free time with her daughter nurturing her inquisitive curiosity. They enjoy watching movies, going out for walks, and baking.
Being bilingual/bi-cultural, as our parish administrative assistant, helps me to serve not only our parishioners and school families but also others from our St. Helena community by helping to meet their needs or concerns through guiding and assisting them. As a member of our parish staff, Gladys is committed to giving everyone the best care and assistance when they visit our Parish Office.