Our Priests and Deacons

We are blessed to have two fantastic priests with us, along with our two wonderful deacons.

Letter from 
Rev. Stephen W. Giannini,
Parish Pastor

Dear Parish Family and Friends,


Thank you for taking a bit of your time to visit our Ss. Francis & Clare of Assisi Parish website.  As you click on various pages, I hope you will be able to find just the right information, photographs or news that you would like to see.

In our ministries of worshiping God and celebrating the Sacraments, proclaiming our Faith through catechesis and evangelization and helping those in need, we follow the example of our patron saints, Saint Francis of Assisi and Saint Clare of Assisi, by doing all with joy.

Please enjoy our website offerings, and we hope to see you at Mass!

Peace and all good,

Fr. Steve Giannini

Letter from 
Rev. Jeyaseelan Sengolraj,
Parish Associate Pastor

Dear Friends,


I am Fr. Jeyaseelan Sengolraj from India. You can address me friendly as Fr. Jey. I was born in Karankadu, from southern state of Tamilnadu in India. Karankadu is 135-year-old parish founded by a Portuguese Father Gabriel Nathar. Three fourths of the land is surrounded by the Bay of Bengal. All people living there are only Catholics. Saints Francis Xavier and John De Britto had done their missionary work of spreading the Gospel here.


My parents are Late Sengolraj and Arputhaseeli. I am from the family of nine having only five brothers and three sisters. All have got married and settled there and I am the youngest one in my family being consecrated to God. Our family profession is fishing in the deep sea. I used to go with my dad fishing at midnight, coming back around 7 am then rushing to school.


However, one day while returning from fishing, I saw my mom waiting for me on the seashore. She was holding a letter. I was so excited to read that letter. It said, “Come and follow me, Jesus says, I will make you fishers of men.” (Mt 4:19). Since then, I left everything, joined the seminary, and was ordained as a priest in 2008 for the Archdiocese of Delhi, the northern part of India.


Though I belong to southern part of India and my mother tongue is Tamil, I went to northern part of India and learned Hindi and other local dialects in order to preach the Gospel of Jesus. Now I can speak Tamil, Hindi, English and other local dialects as well.


Having worked in the northern part of India for 12 years, I wanted to come to America to expose myself to a different dimension of pastoral ministry. I am really thrilled to be here and seeking your prayers and blessings.


God bless you all.


Father Jey Sengolraj

Associate Pastor

Deacon Ron Pirau,

Deacon Ron Pirau has been serving at Ss. Francis and Clare of Assisi Roman Catholic Church since June 2012 when he was ordained.   His service of charity is ministering to inmates at Johnson County Jail in Franklin, Indiana and to the sick and homebound.  Deacon Ron serves as coordinator of the communion service for the jail, a ministry of St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church. At Ss. Francis and Clare he is the coordinator of the extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion (EMHC), and provides catechesis for RCIA, Youth Ministry, and Adult Faith Formation. Deacon Ron serves on the Deacon Personnel Board for the Archdiocese.  He is a 4th degree member of Knights of Columbus and is affiliated with Ss. Francis and Clare council 16305 and Bishop Chatard Assembly 245. 

Deacon Ron is a graduate of Purdue University with a BS in Electrical Engineering and has a Certificate in Theology from St. Meinrad School of Theology. His career has been primarily in Information Technology and Telecommunications operations and sales throughout most of his career.  He is currently employed by the Archdiocese of Indianapolis as the Chief Information Officer and serves on the State of Indiana Executive Council for Cybersecurity. 

Deacon Ron and his wife Linda are originally from Griffith, Indiana, aka “the region”, and  have been members of Ss. Francis and Clare of Assisi parish since 1998.  They are high school sweethearts and recently celebrated their 36th wedding anniversary.   Deacon Ron's family includes two daughters who are married, a son, two grandchildren and all are members of Ss. Francis and Clare of Assisi.  In his spare time Deacon Ron enjoys spending time with his family, race-walking half marathons with his daughter, and golfing.  

Deacon Marc Kellams,

Saints Francis & Clare of Assisi welcomes our newest Deacon...Deacon  Marc Kellams.  He is coming to us from St. Charles Borromeo Church in Bloomington.  A lifelong Bloomington resident, he and his wife, Chris, moved to Bargersville to be near their daughter and her family - who just happens to be our church secretary, Katie Dollens. 

Deacon Marc was ordained June 28, 2008.  He retired in 2018 after a 40 year career as a judge in Bloomington.  He continues to serve as a senior judge, is the Coordinator of Corrections Ministry for the Archdiocese, and teaches Trial Advocacy at the IU Mauer School of Law.

Deacon Marc and wife Chris just celebrated their 51st wedding anniversary, raised three daughters and have five grandsons; two of whom are students at Saints Francis and Clare of Assisi school, and another is at Roncalli.  His ministry of service is to the elderly, sick and dying.  He also ministers to those incarcerated.  His first weekend with us was August 15-16, 2020. 


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