Meet Our Clergy

Fr. Jim Stehly

Fr. Jim Stehly, Pastor

Fr. Jim grew up on a farm on the outskirts of Fillmore, the oldest of eleven brothers and sisters.  Right after graduating from Fillmore High School he entered St. John's Seminary, and was ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles nine years later.  He has had parish assignments at St. Bernardine of Siena (Woodland Hills), St. Paschal Baylon (Thousand Oaks), St. Elizabeth of Hungary (Van Nuys), and St. Mary Magdalen (Camarillo), and was dean of students at St. John's Seminary College before coming to St. Jude's.


Fr. Peter Foran, Pastor Emeritus

Fr. Peter served as pastor at St. Jude's from 2007-2012

Fr. Marc Reeves, S.J., STL and D.Min

Fr. Marc Reeves, S.J., STL and D.Min

Fr. Marc Reeves, S.J., STL and D.Min, is a Jesuit priest and a native of Los Angeles.  He currently serves as Associate Director of Campus Ministry and teaches for the Department of Theological Studies as a lecturer in liturgical theology at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles.

Deacon Jerome & Kara Bettencourt

My wife Kara and I are looking forward to a new ministry here at St. Jude’s. We are both professional educators and have taught in Catholic as well as public high schools for the past twenty-nine years. I have served as a deacon in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles for five years. Prior to my ordination, I worked professionally for over fifteen years in the area of adult sacramental preparation. Since ordination we have continued to work as a team preparing couples for the sacrament of matrimony and currently conduct a monthly marriage preparation retreat in the Santa Barbara Region for the Archdiocese Office of Family Life. In 2011 we became active in the Romanian Byzantine Rite of the Catholic Church. I serve as a deacon in the Byzantine rite; on Saturday evenings I assist in the celebration of Divine Liturgy (Mass) at St. John the Evangelist Byzantine Mission in Oxnard. We look forward to meeting you and helping in the ministry at our new home: Saint Jude the Apostle Church.


Deacon Jess Pasos

Greeting's, We are Jess and Eloisa Pasos. I'm a retired fireman and Eloisa is a retired teacher aide. We have four children and three grandchildren.

As a couple I was ordained a deacon in 2008. We recently transitioned to Saint Jude's in the beginning of this year from Saint Bernardine of Siena in Woodland Hills.
As a deacon couple we have been involved in numerous ministries, and as humble servants of God we look forward to the many blessings of ministries that Saint Jude has to offer to build and enrich our journey and relationship with Christ.....Peace, Jess and Eloisa

Deacon Bill Smith

Deacon Bill Smith

Bill Smith is a deacon assigned directly to the Jesuit Restorative Justice Initiative ( in Culver City from St. Jude’s in 2013 for a five year term by the Archbishop of Los Angeles.  He was ordained in 2007 after careers in the Marine Corps, city management and special district management.  He also spent ten years as the assistant to the Regional Bishop of Santa Barbara,  He was awarded the Doctor of Ministry degree from Aquinas Institute of Theology in St. Louis in 2015. He strives to bring the healing presence of Christ to the incarcerated, their families and friends, and the victims of injustice wherever JRJI operates. He looks forward to returning to St. Jude’s in the future.