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The Saint André Bessette Staff has nearly 150 combined years of experience in liturgical & pastoral services, theological education, program coordination & direct services, resource development, administration, and nonprofit management. Meet the team below!


20180709_110137Fr. Tom Gaughan, CSC | Pastor  

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Andrew Rakestraw | Parish Office Manager

Andrew grew up in the wonderful city of Beaverton, Oregon. He received degrees in both Economics and Political Science at the University of Oregon. Go Ducks! Andrew is an enthusiast of ‘The Man of Steel’ (Superman) and all things superhero-related. He is also very passionate about his hometown team; the Portland Trailblazers. Back in his youth, Andrew was a two time chess champion in the state of Oregon. He is thrilled to work at Saint Andre Bessette Catholic Church, and is striving to positively impact as many lives as possible. | 503.228.0746 x110

21122354_1839291276086645_8915187865477606397_oTom Gornick | Finance and Facilities Manager

A native Texan born in Dallas and a graduate of Jesuit College Prep and the University of Texas at Austin. Tom was a Tuesday volunteer at SAB before joining the staff in August 2017; SAB represents his third career. Before moving to Portland in 1998, Tom worked in the information industry starting in sales for a book publisher, moving to online services and finally ending as director of sales operation for a commercial software firm. His career took him and his family to Dubuque, IA, New York, Boston and Columbus, OH. In 1998, he joined Portland Archbishop Vlazny’s staff as director of Stewardship and then was asked to create and lead the Department of Evangelization Services. He served the archdiocese till 2014. In 1997 Tom was ordained a deacon serving in Dublin, OH and at St. Mary’s Cathedral. In addition he chaired and served on the United State Bishops’ Commission for Catholic Evangelization; the boards of the DePaul Industries, Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon, Cascade Pacific Council BSA and the South Portland Neighborhood Association. Tom is married with two grown children. | 503-228-0746 x116

20171012_135500 (1)Br. Joseph J. DeAgostino C.S.C. | Pastoral Assistant 

Hailing originally from the southern-central part of the state of Michigan, Br. Joseph J. DeAgostino, C.S.C. is a temporarily professed member of the Congregation of Holy Cross.  He received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from the University of Notre Dame in Medieval Studies and Theology respectively.  Br. Joe has engaged in a wide variety of ministries during his time thus far with Holy Cross and finds himself most drawn to serving various marginalized populations.  He also serves at the University of Portland, working with campus ministry in the areas of faith formation and grief work for students.  Additionally, Br. Joe lives and serves as a pastoral resident in a men’s residence hall.  Br. Joe enjoys reading (sci-fi/fantasy), exercise, and gaming of various kinds. | 503-228-0746 x346


Lilian Vasquez | Jesuit Volunteer – Food Pantry Coordinator 

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