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

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
Email: mfase@stjoeparish.com

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
Email: dsmith@stjoeparish.com

Melissa Green
Principal

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
Email: mgreen@stjosephgradeschool.com

Sabrina Zalas
Preschool Director


Phone: (574) 234-3318
Email: szalas@stjoeparish.com

Sean Driscoll
Director of Religious Education


Phone: (574) 234-3134, ext. 114
Email: sdriscoll@stjoeparish.com

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, and development initiatives, helping to publicize and promote all of the wonderful ministries and events taking place in the parish.
Phone: (574) 234-3134, ext. 117
Email: skennedy@stjoeparish.com

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
Email:
tslott@stjoeparish.com

Mary Catherine McDonald
Director of Youth Ministry


Mary Catherine was born and raised in the South Bend area. She attended the University of Dayton where she studied religious studies and human rights. From there she volunteered and worked in Peru, West Virginia, and Seattle. She has worked in a variety of ministries, including service immersions and retreats, grief groups, RCIC, ministry to those experiencing homelessness, and research regarding mental health in the Church. She completed her Masters of Divinity degree and is now overjoyed to be directing youth ministry, young adult ministry, and overseeing Christian Service. View more information about St. Joe Youth Ministry!
Phone: (574) 234-3134, ext. 122
Email: mmcdonald@stjoeparish.com


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