Rev. Jose Thomas Mudakodiyil is Pastor of Saint Francis of Assisi Parish. Father Jose maintains oversight of the school.  He works closely with the School Advisory Council (SAC) and Mrs. Mooney.  Father Jose is the primary celebrant for our whole school Masses and leads our staff religious formation through the Padre Pio Prayer Group.



Superintendent of Schools for the Diocese of Baker

Mr. Jim Golden has been a professional educator for the past 35 years. During this time he has served as a vocational education teacher, science teacher and special education teacher.
Jim spent most of his career in Central Oregon, where he worked as a special education director and as a high school assistant principal in Sisters.  He then moved to Prineville where he served as a high school principal for Crook County. Jim also served as the Director of programs for children at the High Desert Education Service District. Finally, he worked as a school superintendent for 8 years (5 of those years in Sisters and 3 years in Albany). During his work as a school superintendent,  Jim was elected by his peers to be the President of the Oregon Association of School Executives.

Jim is interested in instructional methodology and insuring that every student learns to be a critical reader and thinker.  He is excited to serve the students, staff and Catholic Communities in our 4 schools in the Baker Diocese.

Jim lives in the Columbia River Gorge near The Dalles with his wife, Rebecca. Jim and Rebecca, married 35 years, have two adult children. Jim loves whitewater rafting, fishing and traveling both domestically and to other countries. He also loves good food and Oregon State Baseball !

Administrative Team

Julie M. Manion has been a teacher at St. Francis School for 25 years.  This year she steps into a leadership role as Head of the Administrative Team.  Julie is a native Oregonian and graduate of Oregon State University.  During her time at St. Francis she has taught kindergarten, first grade, and assisted as head teacher.

Sr. Ngan Do is one of the Salesian Sisters on Campus.  This year she will take the first grade teaching position as well as serving on the administrative team.

Father Steve Garza is Parochial Vicar for our St. Francis parish.

Administrative Assistant

Mrs. Crystal Giudice joins our staff this year. She is your go to person for questions on attendance, registration, billing, appointments, and more.

Fr. Jose Thomas Mudakodiyil


Julie M. Manion Head of Administrative Team


Sr. Ngan Phuong Do, FMA