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.
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!
Director of Evangelization
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 three beautiful children Elizabeth, Claire, and Dominic. They moved back to California in 2012 where Dan worked as a teacher and youth minister. He also worked as a Montessori teacher for four years. Dan loves working with parishioners from all walks of life and spreading his faith with all whom he meets.
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.
Coordinator of Religious Education
Ellen was born and raised in Juneau, Alaska. A 1993 Forest Management graduate of Northern Arizona University, Ellen moved to California for a job with a large landowner in Mendocino County, where she eventually met her future husband Matt. In 2002, Ellen decided to leave forestry and pursued a Multiple Subject Credential through Dominican University, at the satellite campus in Ukiah, California. Following the completion of the program, she moved to Pioneer. She and Matt were married in 2003 at Our Lady of the Pines. She then began working as a teacher at Pioneer Elementary. She has also served in the parish as a Catechist for a number of years before taking on her current position. Ellen and Matt have two teenaged daughters, Mackenzie and Sarah. In her spare time, Ellen loves to spend time in the outdoors, read and travel with her family. Ellen loves working with families and has a deep passion to help our young people come to know Christ.
Liz Pineda and her family have resided in Amador County since she was 10 years old. Liz is a current graduate of Sacramento State where she earned her Bachelors in Criminal Justice. By serving the parish as an office assistant for two years she was able to connect with the community and rediscover her faith. Liz enjoys spending time with her family, playing games, and long car rides with good music. She also likes talking to people, so come by and say hi!
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. Marge also served simultaneously as Parish Office Manager for several years. 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.