Staff

Rev. Eric Lofgren
Pastor
Father Eric Lofgren was appointed pastor of St. Joseph Parish in Lincoln, replacing Father Pol Gumapo, who was appointed parochial administrator of Holy Family Parish in Citrus Heights. Previously, Father Eric served as pastor of Sacred Heart Parish in Red Bluff, Sacred Heart Parish in Anderson, and of St. Francis Parish in Burney. He also served as parochial vicar of Our Lady of Mercy Parish in Redding. A native of Sacramento, Father Eric  studied for the priesthood at St. Patrick’s Seminary in Menlo Park and was ordained to the priesthood in May 1993. Father Eric became pastor of Saint Joseph Parish in July of 2009.
 
 
 
 
Father Alex Estrella
Parochial Vicar

I was born in Oakland, CA and grew up in Citrus Heights, CA. My family lives on the border of that city and so I went to high school in Roseville graduating from Oakmont High and we attended St. Mel Parish in Fair Oaks. I was very involved there from my youth until I went to seminary. I enjoy reading, gardening, fishing and camping. I am a fan of the Oakland A’s and follow other sports more causally. I am the oldest of 5 children, 3 girls and 2 boys. I am fortunate that my family is still so close to me.

After graduating high school, unsure how to deal with a calling to the priesthood I went to junior college and worked in banking. I enjoyed banking very much and continued in that industry for almost 9 years.  At one point I found myself unable to ignore the idea that I was called to the priesthood and sought the counsel of my local priests. Soon after I decided to go the seminary and joined the Diocese of Sacramento. My initial plan was to go for a year to “get this out of my system”, 8 years later I found myself walking out of the cathedral a priest. I started college seminary at Mount Angel Seminary in 2008 and finished my studies in philosophy in 2011. By God’s grace Bishop Soto allowed me to stay there for my theological studies, most of our seminarians transfer to St. Patrick’s seminary. The Benedictine Monks of Mount Angel Abbey quickly made a strong influence on my vocation and in 2012 I became an oblate of Mount Angel Abbey, a spiritual member of the Benedictine Order. On June 4, 2016 I was ordained a priest and said my first Mass at St. Mel’s parish. On July 1, 2016 I started priestly ministry, here at St. Joseph in Lincoln.






Jesus RodriguezDeacon  

 

 

      Roberto Ruiz          Deacon

 Stanley RudgerDeacon

 

 

      Emmett Pogue            Deacon

 

Juvencio Vela  Deacon

 Aida GonzalezAdministrative Assistant

 

   Dulce Vargas 
      Office Assistant

 LaRita Gruenwald Bookkeeper

 Juan AvalosCustodian