Staff Member: The Very Rev. Fr. Matthew VanSmoorenburg, L.C., V.F.
The Very Rev. Fr. Matthew VanSmoorenburg, L.C., V.F.
Father Matthew has served as the Pastor of St. Brendan the Navigator Catholic Church in Cumming, GA since 2012. He also currently serves as Vicar Forane for the North Metro Deanery of the Archdiocese of Atlanta.
Under his guidance, the church has experienced tremendous growth in attendance sufficient to require execution of a complete renovation and expansion of the existing church structures. Currently home to 3,800 families of diverse ethnic and economic backgrounds, and upon completion of this build-out, it is estimated that St. Brendan’s will be one of the largest parishes in the State of Georgia.
Ordained a priest in 1994, Father Matthew has since served in a variety of vocational, educational and spiritual roles throughout the United States, including leading youth programs with ECYD, acting as Chaplain for a college and primary school, guiding adult education programs such as FAMILIA, leading retreats and directing vocational programs. He served three years on the Regnum Christi Territorial Council and the North American Legion of Christ Council helping Father John Connor, LC, who has since become General Director of the Legion of Christ.