Dear Parishioners of St. Luke’s,

 

Greetings!  Brimful with gratitude and enthusiasm for the ministry ahead, I come eager to take up my post as your next rector.  Thanks for your faith in me.  With God’s help, I mean to do all in my power to shepherd us into new life and growth in the coming years, and I look forward to getting to know each of you as we step forth together.

 

I’m told you’re a bit of a shy bunch, yet one that longs to reach out beyond the church walls to enliven your Christian faith in service and new community.  Alongside such “outreach” is an equally important need for “in-reach”: to nurture our souls and deepen in faith, learning, and relationship with one another.  This beautiful church, with its central location, will flourish as we engage in new endeavors while upholding beloved traditions.  Together, we will embody Christ’s message of love and hope in the city of Los Gatos.

 

Here’s a little about me: From Chicago and Milwaukee, I’m the youngest of five born to Mexican immigrants.  At the University of Wisconsin-Madison, I graduated with a B.A. in English literature, played in the school’s renowned marching band, and performed in a local bluegrass/funk group.  But San Francisco beckoned, so I moved there in 1993 and spent 14 years at a law firm, basically behaving myself until God bonked me on the head and sent me off to seminary – Church Divinity School of the Pacific, Berkeley, where I earned my M.Div. in 2010.  Ordained in December of that year, I have served as an assistant priest at St. Luke’s, San Francisco, St. Mary's, Dorchester, and St. Mark’s, Palo Alto.  I come to you from St. Luke’s, Long Beach, where I was associate rector in 2014-2015 and have been their interim rector since January 2016.  St. Luke’s, LB, is a large, diverse parish with a heart for social justice and outreach, and I have learned much there about being Christ in the world.  I’m also drawn to pastoral care, small-group formation, creative expression, and reverent worship.

 

For fun, I read fiction in coffee shops, take urban hikes, binge Netflix, listen to indie music, flirt with pop culture, and plot travel adventures with William – my sweet husband of nine years, who teaches high school Latin and English. We’ll be based in San Mateo, but you’ll meet us both soon. I can’t wait!

 

God bless you,

Ricardo+