Meet Our Team
Fr. Jonathan Raia
Fr. Jonathan, a native of Houston, was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Austin in 2009. The seeds of his priestly vocation were planted by his parents’ faith in Jesus Christ and the example of holiness he witnessed in the priests at his parish. Growing up, he grew in friendship with the Lord and love of the Church through Catholic school, altar serving, the parish youth group, and retreat ministry in both high school and college. He felt the call to priesthood more strongly while a student at the University of Texas at Austin, where he graduated with a B.A. in Liberal Arts and Spanish in 2002. Through his involvement at the University Catholic Center, as well as his work as an intern at the Diocese of Austin and the guidance of then-Bishop Gregory Aymond, he felt called to serve as a priest in the Diocese of Austin. Fr. Jonathan served four years as parochial vicar at St. William Parish in Round Rock, then for a year as parochial vicar at St. Mary’s Catholic Center at Texas A&M University, before beginning as Vocation Director for the Diocese of Austin in July 2014. He holds a Master’s degree in Christian Spirituality from Creighton University, where he also received training in spiritual direction. He enjoys giving spiritual direction and teaching about the spiritual life, especially Ignatian spirituality, and serves regularly as a spiritual director and adjunct faculty member for the Institute for Priestly Formation. He enjoys hiking, watching movies, and exploring new restaurants in Austin.
Adrian is a native to the Austin area. He grew up in Cedar Park, attending St. Margaret Mary Parish for most of his life. He is the oldest of two sons and is very close to his family. Adrian dove into ministry as a young boy by joining the altar server ministry and eventually branched into youth ministry, vacation bible school and more. After graduating high school, he studied Graphic Design at St. Edward’s University while remaining involved in youth ministry at St. Margaret Mary. He started as a volunteer but quickly joined the staff as the Coordinator of High School Youth Ministry. In 2011, after three years of parish ministry, Adrian joined the Youth, Young Adult and Campus Ministry Office for the Diocese of Austin. While working for the diocese, he got to work on projects like the Diocesan Catholic Youth Conference (DCYC), Cross Training, Servus Dei and the 2015 pastoral plan Encounter that Lead to Transformation. After four years with the office, Adrian felt God calling him to something very different: full-time missionary work. He led a two traveling teams across the midwest and north-east parts of the country, for two years (2015-2017) with NET Ministries. Now, he brings his passion for design and background in youth ministry to Austin Vocations as our Program Coordinator. He oversees our communications, outreach and event logistics. When he’s not at the office, you can find him reading in his hammock, on the trails around Austin, in a movie theater or concert venue.
Mrs. Julie Gray was called to the Vocations Office in August 2011. She and her hubby Jim moved to Austin in 1986 and so are not the cause of all the extra traffic in Austin. She has two fantastically fabulous kids, Manon and James. Julie loves a good pun and, not one to judge, even the bad ones. She has a fierce devotion to the office mission and her peeps. Favorite saints are many, but at the top of the list are St. Anthony of Padua, kept on retainer, and her St. Jude.