Paul Miner is the Director for Social Justice Ministries in the Office of Social Ministries. For the last eight years Miner has worked in some form of ministry for the Church, with stops in the greater Chicago area; Saint Paul, Minnesota; Saint Louis; the greater Detroit area and finally the Diocese of Sacramento, where he served as the Director of the Newman Center in Chico. A graduate of Lewis University with a Bachelor of Science in Political Science, Miner has a Master’s Degree in Philosophy and Theology. For two years, Miner was a Jesuit Novice in Saint Paul, Minnesota. You can reach Paul at 408-983-0158.
Sister Maryann Cantlon, CSJis the Associate Director for the Department of Restorative Justice in the Office of Social Ministries. She is a Sister of St. Joseph from Hartford, Connecticut and has been working with the Diocese of San Jose in Restorative Justice since early 2010. Maryann holds a Master’s degree in Music from the University of Hartford and a Master’s in Theological Studies from the Jesuit School of Theology in Berkeley, California. She worked full time in maximum security prisons as a teacher and as Catholic chaplain for thirty years. Maryann also taught high school for ten years in Connecticut and started a mission among the indigenous Maya Indians in Mexico. You can reach Sr. Maryann at 408-983-0131.
Reverend Daniel C. Urcia is a Catholic Chaplain for the Department of Restorative Justice in the Office of Social Ministries. He works full time as a prison chaplain in the two adult Correctional Facilities of the County of Santa Clara. He was the former pastor of St. Elizabeth in Milpitas and St. John Vianney in San Jose. Fr. Dan holds a Master’s Degree in Theology and a Doctoral Degree in Education. Ordained in 1989 as a member of the Somascan Fathers, he joined the Diocese of San Jose in 1998. Fr. Dan can be reached at 408-983-0134.
Sylvia Blanch is the Administrative Assistant for the Office of Social Ministries. She has been with the Diocese since 1999. She was born in the Philippines and attended Assumption College, Manila. Currently, she is a member of the Couples for Christ and helps support one of their projects – the Gawad Kalinga. She extends her help by being active in Sta. Teresa Parish and supporting its many projects. Sylvia can be reached at 408-983-0128.