Father Al Sinasac grew up in a farming community in Amherstburg, Ontario. His home parish was St. John the Baptist Catholic Church where he served in several ministries as a child and young man. It was there that he met the Basilian Fathers. He was drawn to their community life and charism for teaching and evangelizing.
After studying architectural drafting and receiving a degree in philosophy from the University of Windsor, he entered the Congregation of St. Basil. He continued his studies at St. Michael's University. In 1978, he was awarded a master's degree in divinity.
Upon ordination in 1979, Sinasac was called to serve at the Basiliao Missions in Mexico City, Mexico. Father Al served at the Casa San Felipe, a house of formation, for nine years prior to coming to Texas.
In Houston he continued his work in formation and served on the General Council of the Congregation. In 2007, he received a certificate from the Mediation Skills Institute for Church Leaders, a specialized study in conflict transformation and mediation skills. He also did an intense study of spiritual gerontology and served on the Congregation's Retirement Committee. He came to Saint Anne Catholic Community as parochial vicar in 2008 and was appointed pastor in March 2010.
A native of Rochester, N.Y., Father Jay Walsh attended The Aquinas Institute and it is where he first met the Basilian Fathers. Following high school, Father Walsh worked for several years at the Eastman Kodak Company, before entering the Congregation of St. Basil.
He earned an undergraduate degree in English and philosophy from St. Basil, earning his master's graduate English and theology. He has taught in high school and has served in a number of Basilian parishes in Canada and the U.S., as a pastor and parochial vicar.
Father David Zapalac, born and raised in nearby Angleton, Texas, has been at Saint Anne Catholic Community since July 2016. He met the Basilian Fathers through their ministry at his home parish, St. Basil’s Catholic Church, now named Most Holy Trinity Catholic Church.
Fr. David attended the University of St. Thomas receiving a B.A. in philosophy. He received a Master’s of Divinity from St. Michael’s University in Toronto and in 1993 was ordained at his home parish in Angleton. He spent his first year ministry there, serving as a parochial vicar. From 1994-99 he served the Saint Anne Catholic Community. Over the years, he has been a pastor in three different parishes in the region, Holy Family Catholic Church in Missouri City, Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Manvel, and Most Holy Trinity in Angleton.
Jean-Paul Budinger has served as a deacon for St. Anne since 1999. He entered the deaconate program at St. Mary's Seminary in Houston in 1994 and was ordained as a deacon by Bishop Fiorenza in 1999. He also received a degree in pastoral theology from the University of St. Thomas (Houston) in 1999.
Following ordination, he returned to St. Anne where he has been a member since moving to Houston in 1991. Budinger graduated from the University of Illinois with a degree in architecture and engineering and studied pneumatic and suspension architecture and engineering in Berlin, Germany.
Currently, he is a registered professional engineer and architect in Texas, and is the principal of a forensic engineering company. For many years, he was the owner of a development, design, and construction company.
Jean-Paul and his wife, Pat, reside and work in Houston. They are the parents of two grown daughters and four grandchildren. In his spare time, Deacon Budinger enjoys jogging, reading, and traveling.