get to know our Flock
Meet the Shepherds
“Christ is the source of all priesthood: the priest of the old law was a figure of Christ, and the priest of the new law acts in the person of Christ.”
Fr. Francis Stevenson - Pastor
Father Francis was born in Auburn California. At 17, he joined the USMC as a combat engineer and chaplains' assistant, graduated with a BA degree in liberal arts from CSUS, and was commissioned as an army officer. Father served as an Army chaplain in both Bosnia and Germany. Father served as a prison chaplain at California Men's Colony and CSP Solano. Lastly, Father Francis has served as a parochial vicar in several parishes in our diocese: Holy Spirit in Fairfield, St. Charles in Sacramento and, at Good Shepherd in Elk Grove California. Fr Francis enjoys walking, making videos for YouTube and cooking meals for friends and family.
Mr. James Burkett - Deacon
Deacon James became a Catholic in 1985, and was called to Diaconate 1991 and Ordained in 1996. He has been married to Stephanie for 39 years and have 5 Children and 6 Grand-children. He currently serves at Our Divine Savior and on occasion helps out at St. John the Baptist. Deacon James currently leads the Catholics Returning Home Ministry, RCIA ministry, is instructor of the Baptism Classes, and is chaplain for the Chico Police, and does spiritual and peer counseling. Deacon James has a servant's heart and loves serving the Chico community.
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the ODS Staff
the Folks that make it all happen
Carol Weigel - Secretary
Carol is here to welcome you to the parish, answer your questions, help you with appointments, and arrange Mass Intentions. Please feel free to stop by the office and say hello.
Dan Layne- MANAGER/MAINTENANCE SUPERVISOR
Dan is our facilities and plant manager. He assures proper security, maintenance and cleanliness of all ODS Parish facilities. Although maintenance is not Religious ministry,it does play a significant role in helping all the other ministries, by providing a safe, clean and well maintained setting to carry out their activities, whether praying, planning, teaching or playing.
If your parish group or ministry needs to schedule an event in the social hall or you see a maintenance issue at the parish contact the front office and ask for Dan.
Barbara Linquist - Bookkeeper
Barbara has many years of experience as a parish bookkeeper and helps keep our parish finances in order.
Scott & Judy Keller - Custodian Services
Scott and Judy help keep our parish beautiful by performing custodial duties and picking up after events. You can help Scott and Judy out by properly disposing of waste which will help ODS sparkle!
The Parish staff stands ready to welcome and assist you in your faith journey here at ODS. Please feel free to approach any staff members at ODS with questions or concerns. We are all members in the body of Christ and feel fortunate to be a part of the Our Divine Savior Parish.
Jennifer Forward - Director of Religious Education
Jennifer has been involved with children's faith formation for the past 11 years. She has been leading programs at Our Divine Savior since 2009. Jennifer's involvement with children's faith formation started when she was searching for help to teach her own children about the faith and build a faith filled domestic church. Jennifer is passionate about the Sacraments and our Catholic faith and loves to share her passion with the children and families of our Parish.
Amanda Ball - Childcare
Amanda runs our child care during the 9:00 AM and 11:00 AM mass in the parish office.