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Father Steve Geer became the Pastor of Immaculate Conception Church in 2008. Raised a Presbyterian, he became Catholic in 1997 and was ordained in 2006. He stayed for three years and worked on another major capital campaign for the schools and the Archdiocese. Having graduated as an accounting major, he was a great asset to the Parish and the two schools. Newly ordained Father Raul Marquez, joined Father Steve Geer as associated Pastor. Born in Abejorral, Columbia he was the perfect fit to continue building the Hispanic community at the parish. Upon his reassignment in 2012, Father Henry Guillen-Vega, ordained in 2010, came to Immaculate Conception Church.
In 2011, Father Ed Coleman, fondly known as “Father Ed”, became the Pastor at Immaculate Conception Church Church. Born in 1952 and ordained 1986, he has been a lifelong resident of Oregon. A very reverent priest, he spent many hours riding a bike to and from the local towns to say Mass and visit the sick and elderly parishioners in their homes and hospitals. He enjoys having many "cousins" in the area.
Father Ed had prayed for a parish center since he arrived in Stayton. Parishioner Kim Koehnke heard the call and along with Julia Bochsler and the approval of Father Ed, they started a new Parish Center campaign in March 2015. As co-chairs they introduced "Gather Us In" to the parish in May 2015 and fundraising began. Members of the Parish Center campaign committee included: Pete Klosterman, Jane Lulay, Kathy McNulty, Mike Jaeger, Bonnie Tabor, Mike and Lisa Nielson, Ken Adams, Jeff Koehnke, and Audelia Suarez. The Architect on the project was Tim Brunner with Axis Design Group in Portland. Demolition of the convent started April 1, 2016 (the day after Easter) and contractor Triplett Wellman constructed the building which was completed on February 1, 2017. The new Parish Center was dedicated by Archbishop Sample on February 8, 2017.
In 2017, Father Luan Nguyen was appointed as Pastor of Immaculate Conception along with its mission Saint Catherine, Mill City, and Our Lady of Lourdes parish, Jordan. He came to the United States with his parents and six siblings and the family made their home in Oregon. He was admitted to Mount Angel Seminary in the year 2000, and was ordained on June 7, 2008. Father Luan’s focus is to guide and help his parishioners grow in their relationship with Jesus Christ and to make those parishes under his pastoral care develop strong Catholic identities. He modernized the church's technology by allowing a facebook page, instagram, twitter and online giving.
Father Suresh Amalraj, from India, become the Parochial Vicar of Immaculate Conception Church in 2017, too. Before coming to United States, he was working in the field of Inter-Faith Relationship and Christian Unity for 17 years at Diocesan, Regional and National levels in his home country. Afterwards, he was working as principal and correspondent in the Diocesan English Medium School. Then, he was appointed Rector of the Diocesan Minor Seminary. At present, he is serving the Archdiocese of Portland.