Meet Our Staff
Rev. Colin Wen
Fr. Colin Wen was born and raised in Palo Alto, CA. His parents still live there. He also has three sisters and one brother. He received his BA in Sociology at UC Davis in 2005 before spending a year in Los Angeles volunteering on skidrow. From there he discerned a calling to the priesthood, joining the Diocese of Sacramento and entering St. Patrick’s Seminary in 2006, where he spent his first two years of pre-theology. In 2008, he was sent to Rome to complete his theological studies, receiving an STB as well as an STL in Moral Theology at the Angelicum.
He was ordained in 2013 and has served in Grass Valley, Nevada City, Downieville, and Dixon. On July 1, 2014, Bishop Soto appointed him as Parochial Vicar at St. Vincent Ferrer in Vallejo. And on July 1, 2017, he was appointed as Parochial Administrator of St. Katharine Drexel in Amador County and then Pastor on April 1, 2019. In his time off he enjoys the outdoors, camping, hiking, reading, playing sports, and watching local sports teams.
Rev. Thomas Relihan
Fr. Relihan was born in Kilcara, County Kerry, Ireland in 1923. He entered the Junior Seminary with the Jesuits and after finishing, decided to study for the Diocese of Sacramento. He studied at All Hallows from 1943-1947 before being ordained as a priest on June 22, 1947 at All Hallows Chapel. His first assignment was at Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Parish in Broderick for four years. From there he spent a year at St. Patrick's in Grass Valley and Immaculate Conception in Sacramento. In 1953 Fr. Relihan was assigned as Chaplain of Dewitt State Prison and he spent many fruitful years there until 1972. He was then assigned as Chaplain of the State Prison in Susanville. He stayed there until 1983 when he was assigned as Pastor of Sacred Heart Parish in Ione. After many years of dedicated service, he retired in 2009. He continues to serve at Sacred Heart Parish while in residence at the parish.
Rev. Mr. Jaime Garcia
As a barrio boy growing up in East LA, Deacon Jaime Garcia felt drawn to religious life in the Society of St. John Bosco, the Salesians. But God’s ways are not our ways, and the Holy Spirit eventually led him on a different path – to work with the youth, especially the poor and marginalized. The discernment of this gift included another sweet and wonderful gift, the call to married life and the woman he would marry, Barbara. While raising their family, he worked with poor Hispanic families in East Oakland for a number of years before spending the next 27 years working with AT&T. He never lost his passion for helping people turn to God, and he was ordained a deacon in the Diocese of Oakland in 2003. The Garcias moved to Pine Grove in 2009 and love Amador County and its people!
Marge has been a member of the Amador Catholic Community most of her life, growing up in Ione and attending Sacred Heart Church. She married her husband Dave at St. Patrick Church, Jackson in 1980, and together they have 5 children. Marge was a Faith Formation teacher at St. Patrick for 11 years, and in 2002 began working for the Church as a part-time office assistant, eventually taking on the role of bookkeeper at St. Katharine Drexel in 2011. In July 2018, Marge was promoted to Parish Office Manager. She is proud to serve our parish families and communities. Away from work, Marge enjoys music, reading (at the beach if possible!), gardening, cooking and most of all, spending time with family.
Rev. Mr. Ed Pogue
Deacon Ed was born in Muskogee, Oklahoma, in 1934 and is a member of the Muscogee (Creek) nation. His family came to California during World War II so his father could help in the war effort. Raised in Napa, he graduated from Napa High School and recently celebrated the 65th year graduation anniversary. He enlisted in the U.S. Army after one semester at Napa College and served as a Staff Sergeant in Korea from 1953 to 1955. He returned to college and graduated from the University of Arizona (Tucson) in 1959 with a B.S. degree in Public Administration. He played football through the college and university level. He has undertaken graduate studies from the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School of Business, Harvard University, Long Beach State University and University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
He was appointed a Deputy Probation Officer in Solano County (Vallejo) and after two years, accepted a position as a Correctional Counselor at San Quentin State Prison. In 1968 he was appointed as the Associate Warden for the Nevada State Prison system of three separate prisons. He subsequently was appointed Deputy Warden and Warden. He returned to the California Department of Corrections at Mule Creek State Prison, Ione. He has resided in Sutter Creek since the prison opened in 1987.
He was ordained in June 2000 as a Permanent Deacon and it was one of his most joyful achievements. He was assigned to the Immaculate Conception Parish and St. Katharine Drexel Parish since that time. Deacon Ed retired in October 2019, but he and his wife Francine remain devoted parishioners.
Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministries
Paul Padilla was born in the Bay Area and raised in the Central Valley. He has been involved and around Youth Ministry for over a decade and also met his wife, Vanesa Padilla, while serving in Youth Ministry. He enjoys long walks to the Taco Truck and praying for the souls in Purgatory. If you see him looking lost, it's because he probably is since he is new to the area. Paul is passionate about leading teens closer to Christ and leading through example.
Director of Evangelization and Catechesis
Dan Olenchuk grew up in Rescue, CA. He went to school at Franciscan University of Steubenville in Ohio, where he earned his degree in Early Childhood Education. He also met his beautiful wife Jennifer Olenchuk there. They have two beautiful children Elizabeth (7) and Claire (3). They moved back to California in 2012 were Dan worked as a teacher and youth minister. He also worked as a Montessori teacher for four years. Dan loves working with children and spreading his faith with all whom he meets.