St. Theresa Catholic Church welcomes new pastor |

St. Theresa Catholic Church welcomes new pastor

St. Theresa Catholic Church has announced the appointment of the Rev. Benedict De Leon as pastor of the South Lake Tahoe Church.

De Lean’s previous appointment was at St. Joseph’s Church in Redding. He was ordained a priest 30 years ago and has served the Diocese of Sacramento as pastor in several parishes. He also served on the staff for Bishop Francis Quinn as vocations director in the mid 1980s.

De Lean’ is proficient with computers and utilizes technology in all areas of ministry. He supports Catholics schools, actively promotes Youth Ministry and parish catechetical programs.

De Lean first came to Lake Tahoe during the summers of 1977 and 1978 as a seminarian. He taught vacation bible school and fondly recalls working under the “very dynamic and highly-esteemed pastor, Fr. John Grace.”

De Lean enjoys boating and fishing. He likes to golf but says “I’m not very good at it.” He has an Alaskan malamute dog named Klondike and an Amazon green parrot name Max.

De Leon will be installed as the new pastor on Sunday, July 4th at the 10 a.m. Mass. Monsignor James Kidder from El Dorado Hills, dean of the Gold Country region of the Diocese, will lead the installation. A reception welcoming De Lea will be held after each of the Masses this weekend. The vigil Mass on Saturday is at 5:30 p,m. Sunday Masses are at 8 a.m., 10 a.m. and noon.

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The Spanish Mass is normally held on Sunday at 7 p.m. Due to the 4th of July holiday, the Spanish Mass will be on Saturday at 7 p.m. The reception from the Spanish community welcoming De Lean will be July 11 after Mass.