Fr. English comes from a family of six with two older brothers and a sister. His sister Jeannie and her family live in Omaha, NE. His parents are deceased.
Fr. English attended grade school and high school in Yankton, South Dakota and then entered college to receive a degree from USD in Vermillion. He worked ten years selling real estate and then computers before deciding to enter the seminary to study for the priesthood. He studied at St. Paul Seminary in St. Paul, MN for five years and was ordained a priest in 1988.
Assignments: St. James and Mary Our Queen (Associate Pastor); St. Mary’s in Spencer NE and St. Rose of Lima / St Joseph in Crofton / Constance (Pastor)
Fr. English has been pastor of Mary Our Queen since June 2003.
Father Gama is from the Archdiocese of Songea which is in the Southern party of Tanzania – East Africa. He comes from a family of three brothers and four sisters. Two of his sisters passed away, in 2003 and 2013. His parents passed away some years ago; his father Magnus Gama in 1989 and mother Gema Mbumi in 2000. He thanks God for the blessings of a very big extended family: aunts, uncles, cousins, nephews, nieces and many others. Father Gama is the only one in his family to go outside the country.
Father Gama attended primary school in his home town from 1988 to 1994, Likonde Minor Seminary from 1995 to 1999, Minaki Public High School from 2000 to 2002. He went to Peramiho Major Seminary attending faculty of Philosophy for three years and then faculty of Theology from 2006 to 2011. He was ordained a priest on July 21, 2011. He worked as a teacher at Stella Matutina Minor Seminary from 2002 to 2003, – teaching Geography, Civics and Basic Mathematics. After his ordination he worked in the administration of the diocese from August 2011 to August 2012.
Father Gama can speak fluently three languages: Ngoni (tribal language, which is his first language), Swahili (Tanzanian national language) and English. He has been in Omaha since September 2012 where he was going to Creighton University for Intensive English Language for two months, additional undergraduate Business Courses for one and half years, and Graduate School of Law for Negotiation and Conflict Resolution. He graduated in May 14, 2016.
Father Gama has been Associate Pastor of Mary Our Queen since July 2016.