Although the priesthood is my true calling, I think I was born with a baseball glove in my hands. I am a huge sports fan who loves basketball, soccer, scuba diving and especially baseball, always rooting for the LA Dodgers and my hometown Yaquis, from Obregón, Sonora. Additionally, I enjoy writing songs, playing guitar and piano, traveling and reading history, Lee Child's thrillers and poetry.
In 1975, I received my liberal arts degree from the Humanistic Center of the Legion of Christ in Salamanca, Spain. In 1979, I then earned an advanced degree in philosophy from Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome, and in 1983 I earned another one in theology from the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas in Rome.
I was ordained a deacon at the Minor Basilica of Guadalupe in Rome by Cardenal Virgilio Noé, and I was then ordained a priest in August 1983 at the Basilica of Guadalupe in Mexico City by Monsignor Jerónimo Prigione.
My first assignment was in Mérida, Yucatán as Superior and founder of the Legion of Christ community, where I spent 24 years. I was the Headmaster of the Cumbres Institute in Mérida and coordinator of the Regnum Christi’s apostolic work. From 2007 – 2008, I was a missionary in Milan, Italy, followed by a sabbatical year in Ireland. After Ireland, I spent 5 years in New England (USA), continuing my priestly ministry.
From 2014 – 2016, I studied communication at the Southern University of San Diego, and I then received a Masters Degree in Science and Technics of Communications at the "UNID University" in Guadalajara. I arrived in San Carlos in March 2018, and I have been the Parish Pastor of San Carlos Borromeo and Our Lady of Guadalupe ever since.
Visiting the sick, comforting the sad and absolving my brothers in Christ through the sacrament confession bring me the most satisfaction and joy. Ironically, the happiest day of my life was Christmas in 1982. I spent it in a hospital in Santander, Spain, attending to a priest dying of cancer. I did not eat turkey, I did not toast with cider and I did not see the Christmas lights, but in the silence of the night alone in a hospital room, I felt a peace and happiness that I have never felt again.
I first visited San Carlos Borromeo in 1976. My husband and I had been married just about a year, and we came to fish in the Sea of Cortez. Since then and after many visits along the way, we now call San Carlos our home. We retired from our jobs and built a home here in 2007, and whenever we are in San Carlos, we attend Mass at our beautiful San Carlos Borromeo church. I have always felt a presence in that holy place.
We have seen many changes over the years, from being a church with no pastor to a “Quasi Parish” to a finally becoming a proclaimed parish with a full-time pastor. Even though the pastors move on and get replaced every so often, the church and its mark stay on.
I became involved with the church in 2009, and I still serve on the Parish Council, Finance Council and as a member of the choir. I continue in those capacities and enjoy doing the work of the Lord. I feel like I have been chosen to be here for a purpose, and I hope to continue for many years to come.
I first came to San Carlos on vacation in 1981 and returned in 1983 to buy a small waterfront house here. Throughout the years, I visited as often as possible, always celebrating mass at San Carlos Borromeo with its first priest, Fr. Marty.
In 2000, my husband Charlie and I retired and moved to San Carlos full-time. Since then, we have remodeled our home, built a summer cabin in the Sierra Madre mountains near Yecora, Sonora and have become dual U.S. and Mexico citizens.
I have been playing music for the Saturday English mass since 2009, and I truly enjoy using my classical piano studies from the Los Angeles Conservatory of Music in service to the church.
Originally from Guadalajara, Jalisco, I came to this beautiful Sonoran town in May 2017. Soon after my arrival, I became part of the community serving San Carlos Borromeo Parish, and I feel very fortunate and grateful to God for giving me the opportunity to serve him with a greater closeness.
My main job is in the parish office, but, thanks to my love of music and instruments, I have the great joy of serving God by doing what I love the most - playing the piano. My piano playing lets me be a part of many of the parish’s sacramental ceremonies, such as masses, weddings and baptisms.
I thank God for all his blessings today and always, and I hope to continue serving San Carlos Borromeo Church through my work and my music for a long time to come.
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