About US

Our retreat center is operated by priests of the Legionaries of Christ community in Cupertino. We promote Catholic spirituality rooted in the Gospel, with special emphasis on Christ’s mercy. We offer confidential guidance, enlightening and energizing talks, seminars and retreats.

We believe that faith and reason go hand-in-hand, and we strive to help answer difficult questions. We want our place to be a safe, comfortable and beautiful environment where guests will come to know the love of Christ through the experiences we offer here. Fr Thomas Vendetti, LC is the retreat center Director, helped by an advisory board and team of volunteers.


Fr Thomas Vendetti, LC

Fr Thomas Vendetti is originally from Rockville, MD. He joined the novitiate of the Legion of Christ in Connecticut in 1995. He studied philosophy and theology at the Pontifical Athenaeum Regina Apostolorum in Rome and obtained a licentiate in philosophy and bachelors in theology. He recently completed his MA in Christian Spirituality at Fordham University in NY, focusing on the Ignatian Spiritual Exercises. Since his ordination to the priesthood in 2009 he has served in the New York Tristate area for four years as vice rector and director of development for the Legionaries’ center of philosophy in Thornwood, NY, as well as chaplain for Regnum Christi in Manhattan. From 2013 to 2016 he was local director and chaplain for Regnum Christi in Chicago. He is currently serving in the Bay Area as director for Our Lady of Santa Clara Retreat Center and chaplain for Regnum Christi.


Fr Timothy Lyons, LC

Fr. Timothy entered the seminary in 1997 and first lived in San Jose from 2002-05, serving as a part-time intern at Canyon Heights Academy. In 2005, he resumed his studies, receiving a B.A. in Theology and a Master’s degree in Philosophy from Regina Apostolorum University in Rome, Italy. He returned to the United States and worked for two years in youth ministry in Sacramento and Phoenix. Fr. Timothy was ordained a priest in Rome on Christmas Eve, 2010 by Cardinal Velasio de Paolis. He served as Canyon Heights Academy chaplain from 2011-2015, and as director of Our Lady of Santa Clara Retreat Center in Cupertino from 2015-2018. He is currently the chaplain of Canyon Heights Academy.


Fr Brian Shininger, LC

Fr Brian Shininger is a native of Defiance, Ohio. After obtaining his Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Bowling Green State University he entered the Legionaries of Christ in 1994. He completed his seminary studies at the Pontifical Athenaeum Regina Apostolorum in Rome, Italy and was ordained to the priesthood in 2005. He was engaged in seminarian formation and administration in Connecticut and California until 2010, after which he spent two years in Mexico City as a spiritual director for laity in the Regnum Christi Movement and assisted in retreats and missionary work. Since returning to the United States in 2012, in addition to being the religious superior for the local Legionary community, he has continued his work as a retreat director and spiritual director at Our Lady of Santa Clara Retreat Center in Cupertino, California.


Fr Anthony Sortino, LC

Fr Anthony Sortino was born in Brooklyn, NewYork. After studying architecture and studio arts, he joined the Legionaries of Christ in 1994. He was ordained a priest in 2006 and has dedicated his ministry to missionary work, youth work, and spiritual direction in NY, Washington DC, and Dallas. He is currently serving in the Bay Area as superior to the Legionary Community, assistant chaplain for Canyon Heights Academy in Campbell, and chaplain for the Young Catholic Professionals (YCP).


Fr Justin Kielhorn

Father Justin Kielhorn is originally from Nebraska. He joined the Legion of Christ novitiate in 1996 and was ordained a priest in 2007. He exercised the first ten years of his priestly ministry in New England, and in 2017 he joined the Legionary community of Cupertino, CA. He loves mission trips, both foreign and domestic. He has a gift for inspiring high school and college students to be missionaries to the poor and neglected. He is joyful, respectful and friendly, and beginning to love the Silicon Valley mission field.