Meet our Parish Staff
Pastor: Rev. Michael A. Greenwell, O. Carm.
Born in 1952 in Louisville, KY; youngest of 5 siblings, attended St. Rita Grade School, St. Francis DeSales High School. Graduated Marquette University in 1974 with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a specialization in Accounting and a teaching minor in Economics. I received a Master of Theological Studies from the Washington Theological Union, in Washington, DC.
I joined the Brothers of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Mount Carmel, commonly called the Carmelites, in August of 1970. I took Simple Vows in January, 1975, Solemn Vows in January, 1978. I was ordained to the Priesthood on June 2, 1979.
My first ministry assignment was at Joliet Catholic High School in Joliet, IL from January, 1975 through June of 1976; this was considered an intern assignment before theological studies. In the fall of 1976 I began Theological Studies at the Washington Theological Union where I had an opportunity to minister as a hospital chaplain, a Campus Minster at Georgetown University and a transitional deacon in a parish. After ordination in 1979, I was assigned to our Community at St. Francis DeSales Priory where I lived for 18 years. I taught at DeSales High School full time for 6 years. During the last four years of teaching I also volunteered for the Jefferson County Police Department as a Police Chaplain. In 1985 the Jefferson County Police Department hired me as a full-time Police Chaplain, a position which I held for 11 years. I spent 1996/97 academic year teaching at another Catholic High School in Louisville called St. Xavier.
In the fall of 1997 I attended the Vatican II Institute at St. Patrick’s Seminary in Menlo Park, CA. In February, 1998, I was assigned to Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish in Fairfield, CA. as Parochial Vicar. In July, 1998 I moved to San Francisco where I enrolled in the Clinical Pastoral Education Program at St. Mary’s Medical Center. In 1999 I was hired part time by the Archdiocese of San Francisco to provide Pastoral Care to Catholic patients at Kaiser Medical Center, San Francisco. In 1999, I was also hired on a part time basis by St. Mary’s Medical Center, San Francisco as a Priest Chaplain; both positions which I hold at the present time.
My vocation as a Carmelite has afforded me an opportunity to minister as a High School Teacher, High School Campus Minister, University Campus Minister, Police Chaplain, Parochial Administrator, Parochial Vicar and a Hospital Chaplain. I am now blessed to be afforded the opportunity to Pastor a parish.
Pastor: Fr. Michael Kwiecien, O. Carm.
I was born in 1952 in Chicago, a second-generation immigrant with grandparents on both sides coming to the United States from Poland at the beginning of the last century. The eldest of two children, I grew up in a suburb South of Chicago (South Holland), attending St. Jude the Apostle Grade School, Mendel Catholic High School in Chicago, and the University of Notre Dame from which I graduated in 1974.
While at university I decided to enter the Carmelites and began my theological studies in Washington, DC in the fall of 1974. After a year of theology I did my novitiate in Mahwah, NJ (1975-76), followed by a two-year internship teaching at Mount Carmel High School in Houston (1976-78). I returned to Washington in the fall of 1978 and completed my theological studies two years later, being ordained in May, 1980.
My first post-ordination assignment was in Tucson, AZ (Salpointe Catholic High School, 1980-84), followed by a return to Houston for two years (1984-86) where I was the assistant principal and campus minister. While in Texas I attended the University of Houston, where I completed a Master’s Degree in Education (1987). After the Carmelites withdrew from the high school in Houston, I moved to Mundelein, IL where I taught at Carmel Catholic High School for seven years from 1987-1994.
For the next ten years I was assigned to the Kino Institute in Phoenix, AZ, where I taught theology to adults, preparing them for ministry in the Church. During that time I did additional graduate study in theology (liturgy) at the Catholic Theological Union in Chicago and, when the Phoenix diocese closed Kino Institute, I taught for 2½ years at a diocesan school (Notre Dame Preparatory in Scottsdale, AZ). I returned to Chicago in January, 2008 to take care of my ailing mother, and after my mom passed away in June, 2008, I spent the last two years teaching at Mount Carmel High School in Chicago.
My hobbies include a passion for classical music, opera, trains, and the Chicago Cubs, and I fancy myself an “outdoor person’: I love to ski, ride my bike, and do wilderness camping. Since 1978 I have made it an almost annual habit to spend about ten days canoeing in Quetico Provincial Park in Canada, but the “suddenness” of the Carmelites assuming responsibilities for St. Teresa’s Parish on July 1st ruled out a trek to the Northlands for 2010.
I have one brother who is married and lives in Saratoga Springs, NY. He has two children, Katelynn (23) and Amanda (21), and over the years they have afforded me the opportunity to spoil them rotten (much to the chagrin of their parents).
Deacon: Rev. Mr. Charles Allen, Jr
Chuck was born and raised in San Francisco and grew up in the Richmond District. He came to St Teresa’s in 1984 and after a few years became aware of a spiritual calling and looked into a religious life with a couple of communities. Eventually he went into Diaconate formation here in the Archdiocese of San Francisco and in 1995 he was ordained into the Diaconate.
Chuck has served St Teresa’s parish since he began his Diaconate training in 1988, looking after the buildings of the parish and helping our people when the need is there.
Deacon: Rev. Mr. Martin Schurr
Director of Faith Formation: Anarose Schelstrate
Director of Music: Laura Diaz-Flaviani
Stephani was born and raised in Staten Island, New York and relocated to San Francisco in 1981. After working administrative and hospitality positions in various industries, she started part-time at St. Teresa’s in 2005 and became the full-time parish secretary in 2008.