Rev. Al Sinasac, CSB, Pastor

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Father Al Sinasac grew up in a farming community in Amherstburg, Ontario. His home parish was St. John the Baptist Catholic Church where he served in several ministries as a child and young man. It was there that he met the Basilian Fathers. He was drawn to their community life and charism for teaching and evangelizing.

After studying architectural drafting and receiving a degree in philosophy from the University of Windsor, he entered the Congregation of St. Basil. He continued his studies at St. Michael's University. In 1978, he was awarded a master's degree in divinity.

Upon ordination in 1979, Sinasac was called to serve at the Basilian Missions in Mexico City, Mexico. Father Al served at the Casa San Felipe, a house of formation, for nine years prior to coming to Texas.

In Houston he continued his work in formation and served on the General Council of the Congregation. In 2007, he received a certificate from the Mediation Skills Institute for Church Leaders, a specialized study in conflict transformation and mediation skills. He also did an intense study of spiritual gerontology and served on the Congregation's Retirement Committee. He came to St. Anne Catholic Community as parochial vicar in 2008 and was appointed pastor in March 2010.

Fr. Jay Walsh, CSB

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A native of Rochester, N.Y., Father Jay Walsh attended The Aquinas Institute and it is where he first met the Basilian Fathers. Following high school,  Father Walsh worked for several years at the Eastman Kodak Company, before entering the Congregation of St. Basil.

He earned an undergraduate degree in English and philosophy from St. Basil, earning his master's graduate English and theology. He has taught in high school and has served in a number of Basilian parishes in Canada and the U.S., as a pastor and parochial vicar.

Fr. David Zapalac, CSB

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Father David Zapalac, born and raised in nearby Angleton, Texas, has been at St. Anne Catholic Community since July 2016. He met the Basilian Fathers through their ministry at his home parish, St. Basil Catholic Church, now named Most Holy Trinity Catholic Church.

Fr. David attended the University of St. Thomas receiving a B.A. in philosophy. He received a Master’s of Divinity from St. Michael’s University in Toronto and in 1993 was ordained at his home parish in Angleton. He spent his first year ministry there, serving as a parochial vicar. From 1994-99 he served the St. Anne Catholic Community. Over the years, he has been a pastor in three different parishes in the region, Holy Family Catholic Church in Missouri City, Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Manvel, and Most Holy Trinity in Angleton.

Deacon Jean-Paul Budinger

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Jean-Paul Budinger has served as a deacon for St. Anne since 1999. He entered the deaconate program at St. Mary's Seminary in Houston in 1994 and was ordained as a deacon by Bishop Fiorenza in 1999. He also received a degree in pastoral theology from the University of St. Thomas (Houston) in 1999.

Following ordination, he returned to St. Anne where he has been a member since moving to Houston in 1991. Budinger graduated from the University of Illinois with a degree in architecture and engineering and studied pneumatic and suspension architecture and engineering in Berlin, Germany.

Currently, he is a registered professional engineer and architect in Texas, and is the principal of a forensic engineering company. For many years, he was the owner of a development, design, and construction company.

Jean-Paul and his wife, Pat, reside and work in Houston. They are the parents of two grown daughters and four grandchildren. In his spare time, Deacon Budinger enjoys jogging, reading, and traveling.

Deacon Jose A. Saucedo

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Jose A. Saucedo has served as a deacon for St. Anne since February 22nd 2019. He entered the diaconate program at St. Mary's Seminary in Houston in 2012 and was ordained as a deacon by Most Reverend George A. Sheltz, Auxiliary Bishop of Galveston-Houston. Following ordination, he returned to St. Anne where he has been a member since moving to Houston in 2005. Currently, he is the Buildings and Grounds Coordinator for St. Anne Community.

Jose Saucedo and his wife, Isabel, reside and work in Houston and they are both involved in a variety of ministries at St. Anne. They are the parents of a two and one-half year old son, Tony. In his spare time, Deacon Jose A. enjoys reading and spending time with the family.

Deacon Thad Kudela

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Thad Kudela serves as permanent deacon having been ordained in 2019. He and his wife Marsha are long-time parishioners at St. Anne and have two grown children who attended school at St. Anne from pre-k through middle school. 

After many years of volunteer service to the St. Anne community he entered the diaconate program in 2013. He received his Master of Arts in Pastoral Studies in December of 2018 from The University of St. Thomas School of Theology at St. Mary’s Seminary.

He also holds a B.S. in Architecture from The Lawrence Institute of Technology in Southfield, Michigan. Deacon Thad is a Landscape Architect by profession and continues to practice alongside his duties as a deacon.

Beyond his service to the St. Anne Community, Deacon Thad works with Special Youth Services, an outreach program of the Archdiocese of Galveston Houston that ministers to youth in detention facilities throughout the Archdiocese. He is the Volunteer Coordinator at the Burnett Bayland Rehabilitation Center in Bellaire.