We are blessed to have Fr. Steve Giannini and Fr. James Brockmeier with us.
Rev. Stephen W. Giannini,
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, photograph or news that you would like to see.
Since our parish is not quite 25 years old (2018 is our 25th anniversary) our parishioners all come from another parish in Johnson County, Indianapolis, Indiana and throughout the world (though some of our youth baptized as infants here are approaching adulthood!). Some parishioners grew up in White River Township, our home township, while others have just arrived to the Center Grove and surrounding communities. All of us, however, strive to welcome all who come to our doors, searching for God’s love expressed in so many different ways.
Please enjoy our website offerings, and we hope to see you at Mass!
Peace and all good,
- Fr. Steve Giannini
Rev. James M. Brockmeier,
Ss. Francis & Clare Parish Family,
I am so excited to be beginning my time with you here as your associate pastor. Everyone has been so gracious in their welcome and have assured me that this is a great parish with wonderful people. I look forward to discovering this for myself in the coming months!
As I am sure that I will be getting to know quite a bit about all of you I wanted to let you know some things about myself. I grew up in a suburb of Cincinnati on the Kentucky side of the river called Villa Hills. I went to the parish school at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Crescent Springs, KY and then went to a Catholic high school in Covington, KY called Covington Latin School. It was a very small school; the only football team was the group of ten of us who would play in the back parking lot during lunch (I was the quarterback).
My parents, Don and Norma, still live in Northern Kentucky. I have one brother, John. John and his wife, Natalie, live in Louisville, Ky. Growing up, the Church was always a second home for me, it seemed that everything my family did was in some way connected to the Church, so I came to have a great love for the Church when I was young. It was this love for the Church that made me want to study theology in college so that I could be a high school theology teacher. In my search for a good school with a thriving faith community to prepare me to be a theology teacher, I found a small college in Indianapolis, Marian College (Now Marian University). I was a member of a scholarship program for future lay ministers there, called the San Damiano Scholars program.
In my time at Marian University I grew to love the city of Indianapolis, the Church here, and so my many friends in the city. So when at the end of my time in college I felt called to go into the seminary, it seemed a natural fit for me to prepare to be a priest in the Archdiocese of Indianapolis. I was living on the south side of Indianapolis as I was preparing to go into the seminary and so I joined nearby St. Mark the Evangelist parish, where I have spent much time, especially during holidays and school breaks, over these last five years. I have come to love the south side and I am so happy to be here in Greenwood and also serving as the chaplain coordinator at Roncalli High School.
A few little tidbits about myself, I enjoy fishing and golfing (although my game is a work in progress). I love art, especially Christian art spanning many styles and periods, and I read a lot of 20th century British literature. Of course I also love going to the movies and seeing the latest Marvel movie or whatever other blockbuster is showing.
I hope this gives you a little picture of who I am and I hope to be able to get to know you and share in this life of faith in Jesus Christ with you.
Fr. James Brockmeier