This is our Blessed Team
Rev. Ducasse François
I was born and raised in Jacmel, Haiti. I am the youngest of six siblings. After High School I joined the Secular Institute Voluntas Dei for religious life and attended the Major Seminary Notre Dame in Haiti and graduated with a MA in Theology. I was ordained to the priesthood on September 26th, 1998. I spent 4 years in the Dominican Republic where I learned Spanish and worked as Parish priest in different diocese.
I moved to Florida in 2000 and since then I joined the Diocese of to Palm Beach and take upon several assignments. I was assigned as parochial vicar to Sacred Heart in Lake Worth from 2000 to 2003, St Anastasia in Ft Pierce from 2003 to 2008, and, during this period of time I have also served as administrator of Notre Dame Mission and Chaplain of John Carroll High School.
From 2008 to 2010 I was assigned as parochial vicar to Holy Name of Jesus parish in West Palm Beach. And from 2010 to now I served at St Sebastian Catholic Church as a parochial vicar in Sebastian and Administrator of Our Lady of Guadalupe Mission in Fellsmere. With great enthusiasm I have accompanied the people on their spiritual journey while serving on those assignments I did manage my time to attend Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska where I graduated in 2011 with a MA on the discipline of Christian Spirituality. I am blessed with a gift of languages, I speak, Creole, French, Spanish and English. I love music, singing, reading and sports.
Rev. Maximinio Matos Sánchez
Hello! I am Father Pilar Maximinio Matos Sánchez. I was born in the Dominican Republic October 12, 1967, in a small town in the eastern part of the country called Miches. I come from a Christian family of 6 siblings, where the Church was part of our daily life, the rosary was recited in the morning and in the afternoon, and participation in the Mass was very frequent.
At age 19, responding to the call I felt the Lord was making, I decided to give my life in a total way, that is how I started my studies in 1987, entering the Minor Seminary belonging to a group of Priests called Instituto Secular Voluntas DEI , where I spent a year and to which I currently belong. From there I went to the Pontifical Seminary of St. Thomas Aquinas, where I obtained the title of Bachelor of Philosophy (1988/1992) by the Pontificia Universidad Católica Madre y Maestra, and a Bachelor's Degree in Religious Sciences, by the Pontifical Seminary Santo Tomás de Aquino (1992/1996).
Ordained to the priesthood on 06/12/1996 in my native parish, San Antonio de Padua, Miches.
Studies carried out after my ordination: Degree in Psychology from the Pontificia Universidad Católica Madre y Maestra 2009/2012; specialization in Forensic Psychology by the same University in 2013 and Masters in Marriage and Family, by the Lateran University of Spain 2014-2017, for this I have to present the thesis still.
I am a priest for 26 years and I came to Santa Juliana Parish moved by the mission of the Lord. I want to be with you to learn from you and accompany you in whatever is necessary so that together we can live the will of God.
¡Hola! Soy el Padre Pilar Maximinio Matos Sánchez. Nací en la República Dominicana el 12 de octubre de 1967, en un pequeño pueblo de la zona Este del país llamado Miches. Vengo de una familia cristiana de 6 hermanos, donde la Iglesia era parte de nuestro diario vivir, se rezaba el rosario en la mañana y en la tarde, y la participación en la Misa era muy frecuente.
A los 19 años, respondiendo a la llamada que sentía me estaba haciendo el Señor, decidí entregarle mi vida de una manera total, es así como inicio mis estudios en el 1987 entrando al Seminario Menor perteneciente a un grupo de Sacerdotes llamado Instituto Secular Voluntas DEI, donde pasé un año y al cual pertenezco actualmente. De ahí pasé al Seminario Pontificio Santo Tomás de Aquino, donde obtuve el título de Licenciado en Filosofía (1988/1992) por la Pontificia Universidad Católica Madre y Maestra, y el Título de Licenciado en Ciencias Religiosas, por el Seminario Pontificio Santo Tomás de Aquino (1992/1996).
Ordenado sacerdote el 06/12 de 1996 en mi parroquia natal, San Antonio de Padua, de Miches.
Estudios realizados después de mi ordenación: Licenciatura en Psicología por la Pontificia Universidad Católica Madre y Maestra 2009/2012; especialidad en Psicología Forense por la misma Universidad en el 2013 y Maestría en Matrimonio y Familia, por la Universidad Lateranense de España 2014-2017, para esta tengo que presentar la tesis todavía.
Tengo 26 años de Sacerdote y vine a la Parroquia Santa Juliana movido por la misión del Señor. Quiero estar con ustedes para aprender de ustedes y acompañarles en lo que sea necesario para que juntos podamos vivir la voluntad de Dios.
Rev. Daniel Donohue
I was born on February 2, 1967 in Daytona Beach, Florida. My family was not Catholic, but I had a profound conversion experience when I was fourteen and entered the Catholic Church. My parish of Christian initiation was St. Brendan’s in Ormond Beach. When I was sixteen, I sensed a call to the priesthood and religious life and explored many possibilities. Not finding the right place by eighteen, I decided to leave Florida and attend college in Ohio at Franciscan University of Steubenville. I continued to sense and pursue my call there. After graduating, I explored religious life for a few years but eventually “discerned out.” I returned to Steubenville for a Master of Science degree in education and began working as a high school teacher and later as a school administrator.
In 2004, I returned to Florida to help my ailing grandmother who lived in Stuart. In 2006, after she required twenty-four-hour care in a nursing home, I moved to Fort Lauderdale and got a job teaching English at Fort Lauderdale High School. During that period, I looked for a spiritual director and found one at St. Malachy Parish in Tamarac. After several sessions, he said, “Dan, I still think you have a vocation to the priesthood. I want you to look into it.” I followed his advice, and in 2018, I applied to enter priestly formation for the Diocese of Palm Beach. To my surprise, I was accepted even at my age. I attended St. Vincent de Paul Regional Seminary from 2018 until graduation in 2022, and on May 14, I was ordained to the priesthood by Bishop Barbarito and assigned to St. Juliana’s. I am very happy to be here, and I look forward to walking with each one you on this journey of faith.
¡Dios los bendiga!