Fr. Martin Nguyen was born and raised in the South of Vietnam. On June 15, 2006, he arrived in Orlando as an International student and shortly graduated from Dr. Phillips High School. He entered St. John Vianney College Seminary in Miami and earned a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy. In 2016, he graduated from St. Vincent de Paul Regional Seminary with a Master Degree in Divinity. On May 28, 2016, Bishop John Noonan ordained him to the priesthood and assigned him to St. James Cathedral as a Parochial Vicar.
Two years after ordination, Bishop Noonan asked Fr. Martin to go for further study for a Licentiate Degree in Canon Law at the Catholic University of America. Meanwhile, Fr. Martin was also assigned as Parochial Administrator of St. Paul Catholic Community in Leesburg, Florida on August 1, 2019.
As of June 14, 2021, Fr. Martin returned to Holy Family Catholic Church, his home parish, as its new Parochial Administrator. Being a homecoming, Fr. Martin looks forward to serving and caring for the community that has nourished his vocation and where he has always proudly called “Home.”
Fr. James Tharakan joined Holy Family on June 1, 2020, after serving as associate pastor at St. Margaret Mary Parish in Winter Park January 2017-May 2020.
Fr. James was born and raised in India in the southern state of Kerala. His father passed away when Fr. James was in the third grade, and his mother passed away in 2016. He is the youngest of eight – six brothers and one sister.
After high-school graduation, Fr. James joined the Carmelite religious order in India. After 15 years of seminary formation, he was ordained on Dec. 29, 2007, in the Syrian Antiochian rite. During his seminary formation, he earned a secular bachelor’s degree in English literature, economics and sociology. He also has a bachelor’s degree in philosophy and theology.
After his ordination, he was appointed administrator of a high school. Two years later, he was appointed director of a college, where he served for six years. While serving at the college, he also served as pastor of two small churches in central India, where he was working as a missionary.
He entered the United States in November 2016 and was appointed associate pastor at St. Margaret Mary Parish in January 2017.