Clergy

Saint Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church is staffed by the Missionaries of Our Lady of La Salette, a religious Order dedicated to making known the message of Our Lady at La Salette, a call to healing of inner brokenness and personal reconciliation with God especially as found in the first three commandments. The missionaries are popularly known as “the La Salettes.”

Meet Our Priests

Father Brian Sheridan

Rev. Brian R. Sheridan, M.S., V.F.

Pastor

His first assignment was to be Parochial Vicar at the Church of St. Ann in Marietta, GA. Following the call to serve the foreign missions he was sent to Argentina where he served in Clodomira, Santiago del Estero. He returned to the U.S. in 1992 to become Director of the La Salette Mission Office in Hartford, CT. He served briefly as Shrine Director in Altamont, N.Y. before becoming Pastor of Good Shepherd Parish in Orlando, FL. His most recent assignment was as Pastor at Our Lady of Sorrows, Hartford, CT. Fr. Brian was appointed as our new pastor beginning January 3, 2013 and as Dean for the Northwest Metro Deanery of the Archdiocese of Atlanta in February 2015.

Rev. Clemente Felix Mario, M.S.

Parochial Vicar

I’m Clemente Félix Mário, born on September 15th, 1977, in Ganda, Benguela Region, Angola/ Africa. I’m the first born of nine children of my parents: five boys and 4 girls, whereby three of them have passed. My mother also passed on 2008.

My favorite sport is soccer and l used to play soccer when I was in the seminary and now due to pastoral responsibilities, I go jogging three times a week. I also like to read. When it comes to food, I like a polenta from maze which I can eat with vegetables, sea food and meat as well as others.

I was an alter server in my home Parish, St. John the Baptist in Benguela Diocese. Being touched by many La Salette missionaries, at the age of 16, I decided to join students of La Salette Seminary. After my High School, I was admitted to Our Lady Of La Salette Seminary September 16th , 1995 to have the first step of being a Priest which is Orientation. I studied Philosophy and Theology, having novitiate in 1999 to 2000.

I belong to the Missionary of Our Lady of La Salette since 2000 as religious and ordained to the Priesthood on September 17th, 2006. So as a missionary I was sent to Namibia, where I have been working for 11 years. Within 11 years, I was a Pastor for 8 years at Omuthiya Pastoral District, in Archdiocese of Windhoek, Namibia.

In 2017 I was chosen to be a missionary in USA. So, I arrived in USA on June 26th , 2018. And currently I’m assigned in Smyrna, at St Thomas the Apostle Church as a Parochial Vicar.​

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Rev. Jaime Molina, M.N.M.

Parochial Vicar

Born in Chihuahua, Mexico on February 19, 1961. After 12 years of priestly formation with the Missionaries of the Nativity of Mary, he was ordained a priest on August 15, 1988. He was a pastor in two parishes in Mexico before starting his ministry with the Hispanic community,  here at St. Thomas, in 1999.

Fr. Paul

Rev. Paul Rainville, M.S.

Priest In Residence

Was born in Manchester, New Hampshire, on August 30, 1939. He attended a Catholic and bi-lingual grade school – grad. School (theology).

He made his first vows on July 2, 1960 and was ordained on December 11, 1965.

He has worked as a Parish Mission facilitator, Army Reserve Chaplain, Pastor and Parochial Vicar in Attleboro and Cape Code, MA; Quebec, Canada, and Texas. He speaks English, French and Spanish. Father Paul was assigned to our parish in July 2010.

Meet our Deacons

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Deacon Earl Jackson

Deacon

Born in Marion, NC, Deacon Earl was ordained a Permanent Deacon of the Archdiocese of New Orleans, LA, on June 10, 2006, at St. Louis Cathedral where he was also confirmed. His initial assignments as an Archdiocesan Deacon were St. James Major Catholic Church and the Chaplin for the Ozanam Inn, both located in New Orleans, his adopted hometown.

Retired from Shell Oil, Royal Dutch Group, he and his family moved to the foothills of northwest Georgia in 2007. He is married to Mrs. Assunta Gourrier Jackson. They have 3 adult children and 6 grandchildren. Two of his many personal interests are studying world & bible history, and traveling with Assunta. His services at St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church and Parish include liturgies, premarital counseling, premarital preparations, baptisms, along with conducting Church and Homebound Eucharistic Ministry training seminars.

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Deacon Michael Garrett

Deacon

A native of Bartow, Florida, Deacon Michael was ordained to the Permanent Diaconate on February 4, 2006. His personal interests include reading, antique glass, and bowling. Ministry interests include Baptism, RCIA, Bereavement, and Liturgy.