Fr. Xavier Lavagetto, OP

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(650) 291-4590 (cell)
Room 304, Old Union

I was raised in the Bay Area by a local businesswoman mother and a professional baseball player father, Cookie Lavagetto. I received an undergraduate degree from St. Mary's College and a Masters in Divinity from the Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology. Having entered the Christian Brothers in 1965, I spent my years as "Br. X," teaching high school, serving at a retreat house, and as the director of the Newman Center at Cal Poly. My vows were transferred to the Dominican Order in 1995 and I went to St. Dominic’s in San Francisco where I served for 17 years, 14 of them as pastor. During that time, I established a lay leadership structure, promoting Gallup's Strength Finders' Program as well as the Called & Gifted Workshop. When not working, I love to go scuba diving with my brother and sister-in-law.

Fr. Emmanuel Taylor, OP


Parochial Vicar/Associate Director
Room 319, Old Union

My love of the ocean comes from growing up in northern California and taking family camping trips. This led to my initial vocation to be an oceanographer: I wanted to study the sea and give glory to God. While exploring the depths of the ocean with a submarine I desired to explore the depths of God. This led to a desire for religious life with the Order of Preachers. The Dominicans, known for their pursuit of truth using philosophy, is an excellent bridge to connect science and theology. From my background, I am passionate helping others discover how God fits into one's life and career. From a grounding of prayer, following Jesus, one can channel the fullness of the gifts God gives.

Lourdes Alonso

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Campus Minister, Undergraduate & Graduate Students
Room 305, Old Union

I’m a Chicago native and graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a degree in Business Administration. My previous business career and volunteer work led me to a vocation in ministry. I ministered at Arizona State University for 7 years where I was introduced to the Dominican Order. With their encouragement I developed a deeper love for campus ministry and Catholic Social Teaching. Fr. Nathan Castle invited me to Stanford and after arriving I completed an M.A. in Pastoral Ministry at Santa Clara University. It is a privilege to serve as the Campus Minister working with grads and undergrads, and sharing the Gospel message of God’s love and mercy. My husband John and I are passionate about service, sports, traveling, camping, watching movies and getting to as many music festivals as we can. John works on campus and is my #1 volunteer. We can be found at many Stanford sporting events supporting our student athletes...Go Cardinal!

Teresa Pleins

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Chaplain; Dir. of Liturgy & Music; Family Faith Formation; Children's Baptism; 408-834-0039 (cell)
Room 103, The Nitery
office hours by appointment

The Catholic Community at Stanford has been my home since 1995. I am responsible for the liturgical ministry programs, family preparation for baptism, religious education and sacramental preparation for children, the Gay and Lesbian small group, and pastoral counseling. I have a B.A. from San Jose State University, and an M.A. in Pastoral Ministry/Liturgy from Santa Clara University. Work outside this community includes retreats, teaching, and workshops on liturgy, preaching, scripture, gender studies and playing with my seven children.

Nancy Greenfield

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Chaplain; Director of Catholic Wedding Preparation; 650-704-0787 (cell)
office hours by appointment

I have been a chaplain for the Catholic Community at Stanford since 1983. My undergraduate degree was in Latin and Greek, and I have an M.A. degree in Pastoral Theology. My duties include Catholic wedding preparation and administration for the Center for Theological and Spiritual Formation. I am the author of Songs of Life: Psalm Meditations from the Catholic Community at Stanford, published in 2004.

Deacon John Kerrigan

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My wife Elizabeth and our three children have been parishioners in the Catholic Community at Stanford since 2001. I was ordained to the diaconate in May 2012, and was pleased to be assigned to serve here at CC@S. My other roles include investment management (I manage the Santa Clara University Endowment and teach in the SCU Business School) and board work (Trustee of BlackRock's iShares ETF complex; Director of the BASIC Fund - Bay Area Scholarships for Inner City Children). Outside of work, I love spending time with my family, friends, and students here at Stanford.

M'Lis Berry

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Director of Development; 650-468-6797 (cell)

I joined the CC@S staff as Director of Development in 2011, after being a CC@S community member since childhood. Prior to joining the staff, I taught middle school English, coached high school sports, practiced law and was Director of Development at Sacred Heart Schools. I have two daughters who are studying at the University that shall not be named across the Bay.