Meet the Pastoral Team
Rev. Matt Fase, C.S.C.

Fr. Matt is originally from Rockford, Michigan. He entered the Old College Undergraduate Seminary in 2006. In 2010 he received a B.A. in Theology, and in 2014 he earned his Master of Divinity degree both from Notre Dame. Fr. Matt took his Final Vows in September of 2014. On April 11, 2015, along with his five classmates, he was ordained a priest. He has served at Holy Redeemer Parish in Portland, Oregon, and also in campus ministry at Stonehill College before coming to Saint Joseph Parish as associate pastor in 2020. Fr. Matt became pastor at Saint Joseph in summer of 2022.
Phone: (574) 234-3134, ext. 116

Rev. David Smith, C.S.C.
Associate Pastor

Fr. David hails from New Jersey, and earned a B.A. in political science from the University of Notre Dame in 2014, as well as an M.Div. from ND in 2020. He was ordained on April 10, 2021, at the Basilica of the Sacred Heart.

Fr. David most recently served for one year as associate pastor, as well as a diaconate year, at St. John Vianney Parish in Goodyear, AZ.
Phone: (574) 234-3134, ext. 120

Melissa Green

Melissa and her husband Brian have been active parishioners at Saint Joseph Parish for many years. Their four children attend Saint Joseph Grade School and Saint Joseph High School. Melissa taught junior high language arts at SJGS for seven of her 16 years as a teacher before becoming assistant principal at St. Adalbert’s School in 2018 and principal of SJGS in 2021. Melissa earned a bachelor's degree from Notre Dame as well as a master’s degree from Notre Dame's Alliance for Catholic Education (ACE).

Phone: (574) 234-0451

Sabrina Zalas
Preschool Director

Phone: (574) 234-3318

Sean Driscoll
Director of Faith Formation

Phone: (574) 234-3134, ext. 114

Sean Kennedy
Director of Marketing, Communications, and Development

Sean grew up in Iowa and earned bachelor's and master's degrees from Boston College before spending 12 years working in information technology at his alma mater. Sean and his wife Karen moved to South Bend in 2012, and their three children attend Saint Joseph Grade School and Saint Joseph High School. In his ministry here, Sean oversees marketing, communications initiatives, helping to publicize and promote all of the wonderful ministries and events taking place in the parish.
Phone: (574) 234-3134, ext. 117

Theresa Slott
Director of Music and Liturgy

Theresa Slott was raised mostly in South Bend. She holds degrees in Theology and Music from the University of Notre Dame. While at Notre Dame she sang with the Notre Dame Folk Choir and Collegium Musicum. Theresa coordinates all music ministries, including the adult and children’s choirs, instrumentalists, and cantors. She also trains and schedules all liturgical ministers and plans for special liturgies. Theresa and her husband John have three children, and have been in the parish since 2005.
Phone: 574-234-3134, ext. 115

Tim Cleaver
Director of Stewardship

Tim grew up in South Bend and attended graduate school at the University of Notre Dame, earning a master's in theology through the Echo Program. Tim worked for six years at a parish in Tampa, Florida, as a coordinator of ministry opportunities, building up and forming ministries, forming volunteers, and supporting ministry leaders before returning home in 2020. Most recently he worked at Holy Cross College in residence life and admissions. Tim and his wife, Alexis, became members of St. Joe Parish in 2021.
Phone: (574) 234-3134, ext. 122

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