Fr. Matthew Holland, SJ to be St. Leo's new pastor
Archbishop Sartain recently appointed Fr. Matthew Holland, SJ to be pastor of St. Leo Parish! He is originally from Seattle, the oldest of seven children. He attended Gonzaga University in Spokane, earning a Bachelor’s degree in history and a teaching certificate in 2004. At Gonzaga, he continued to discern his vocation to religious life and he entered the Society of Jesus after graduation. After receiving a Master’s degree in history from St. Louis University, he returned to his high school alma mater, Bellarmine Prep here in Tacoma, where he taught social studies and religion for three years and even taught his younger brother and sister. Next, he spent six months learning Spanish in Xela, Guatemala before attending the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana in Bogotá, Colombia, for theology studies. He received a Bachelor of Sacred Theology from the Javeriana and returned to the United States to continue studies at the Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University in Berkeley, California. He also served as a deacon at St. Ambrose Catholic Church in Berkeley, helping with the liturgies in Spanish. He was ordained in 2016 and, as his first assignment as a priest, served as an associate pastor at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Missoula, Montana. His favorite pastimes include hiking, reading history and spending time with his nieces and nephews. Fr. Matt will arrive to St. Leo in early August.