Our Staff

Most Rev. Peter L. Smith

Auxiliary Bishop


Bishop Peter Smith is Vicar General, Moderator of the Curia and Auxiliary Bishop for the Archdiocese of Portland. He is involved in long term cemetery planning and communication of directives established by the Archbishop which are aimed at fulfilling both the financial and spiritual obligations of Mt. Calvary & Gethsemani Catholic Funeral Services.

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Daniel Serres

Funeral Home Manager

& Cemetery Counselor


Daniel graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mortuary Science from the University of Minnesota, and has amassed 35 years of experience as a funeral director, embalmer, and cemetery counselor in several states. His Catholic faith guides his management of Gethsemani Funeral Home. 


Angela Nelson

Senior Cemetery Counselor

& Funeral Director


Angela assists Mt. Calvary & Gethsemani Catholic Funeral Services as our most experienced Cemetery Counselor. She received her Bachelor of Science in Funeral Service at the University of Central Oklahoma and has served as a funeral director and embalmer in both the Midwest and here in Portland. Angela's experience and knowledge makes her an incredible resource for any family.

Eric Thomas

Funeral Director

& Cemetery Counselor

Eric is both a Cemetery Counselor at Gethsemani Catholic Cemetery and a Funeral Director for Gethsemani Funeral Home. Eric has an Associate’s Degree in Funeral Service from Mt. Hood Community College and has worked in a number of funeral homes in the Portland area for over 20 years. He is licensed as a Funeral Director/Embalmer in both Oregon and Washington.

Trish Lockhart

Funeral Director

& Cemetery Counselor

Trish was born and raised in Portland, Oregon and attended  both St. Thomas More Catholic School and Jesuit High School. In 2017, she graduated top of her Funeral Service Education program at Mt. Hood Community College. Helping those in need has always been a calling for Trish; she is incredibly grateful to be a Funeral Director/Embalmer and Cemetery Counselor at Gethsemani where she can help families when they need it most.

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Deacon David Hammes


Deacon David was ordained as a permanent deacon in November 2005 for the Archdiocese of Portland in Oregon. From 2005-2007, he served with Rachel’s Vineyard, a Catholic organization that helps women & men suffering from post-abortion trauma.

He served as permanent deacon at St. Cecilia Church, Beaverton for nine years, and is currently assigned to St. Anthony Catholic Church in Tigard.

In addition to that, in March 2020, he was assigned to Mt. Calvary & Gethsemani Catholic Funeral Services to preside over funeral liturgies.

He presides over the "Catholic Funeral Liturgy outside of Mass,” which can be held in the Chapel at Gethsemani Funeral Home & at graveside services for the “Catholic Rite of Committal, to include the Rite of Final Commendation” at both Mt. Calvary & Gethsemani Catholic Cemeteries.

He has also presided over Catholic graveside services at Willamette National Cemetery.

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Pat Balfe

Operations Manager


Pat is responsible for the grounds day-to-day operations of both Mt. Calvary & Gethsemani Catholic Cemeteries. We strive to maintain our cemeteries as some of the best kept in the entire state, with over 130 acres to care for and 500 annual interments, Pat’s efforts are essential in helping us meet that goal.