Parish Staff

Clergy

Rev. Peter Navarra : Pastor

Rev. Peter Navarra

Pastor

FrPeter@sdcathedral.org
I was born in San Diego, California at Mercy Hospital Hillcrest on Saturday, May 2nd, forgot the year!  And grew up in the Logan Heights neighborhood, as it was named at that early time and renamed today as  Barrio Logan.  My parish where I was baptized and received all the sacraments of initiation is Our Lady of Guadalupe on Kearney Avenue with the Jesuit priests. My parents and heritage: my father and the Navarra family were immigrants from Sicily, therefore, as a child one of my first languages was the Sicilian dialect. My father worked with the tuna industry for most of his life.  My mother was a native of Sonora, Mexico therefore, my second language at home was Spanish and my third language, which I learned in elementary school, was English. To this very day I cannot speak either one of them well! My education was both Catholic school and public graduating from San Diego High School in 1972.  I first went to San Diego City College, then I entered the Seminary at St. Francis Center and studied at the University of San Diego and from there went to further study in the major seminary at a Benedictine School, Saint Meinrad in Indiana focusing on the study of liturgy and spirituality along with scripture and theology. I was ordained in San Diego on June 26, 1981. In the history of my assignments for the past 38 years I began as an associate pastor at St. Charles – Imperial Beach, St. Rose of Lima –  Chula Vista, and Holy Trinity – El Cajon,  My first assignment as Pastor was Our Lady of Guadalupe in El Centro – Imperial Valley.  My second assignment was to St. Mary’s in the city of Escondido where I also served as a hospital chaplain at Palomar Hospital and Police Chaplain for the Escondido Police Department.  My third assignment as pastor was Our Lady of Guadalupe – Otay and then St. John of the Cross – Lemon Grove.   Now I am coming to you at St. Joseph Cathedral which more than likely will be my last assignment before retiring or death, which ever event comes first.
Rev. Peter Navarra : Pastor

Rev. Peter Navarra

Pastor

FrPeter@sdcathedral.org
Rev. Clement Iorliam : Priest in Residence

Rev. Clement Iorliam

Priest in Residence

Rev. Clement Iorliam : Priest in Residence

Rev. Clement Iorliam

Priest in Residence

Rev. Michael Tran : Priest in Residence

Rev. Michael Tran

Priest in Residence

Rev. Michael Tran : Priest in Residence

Rev. Michael Tran

Priest in Residence


Staff

Blanca Garcia : Business Manager

Blanca Garcia

Business Manager

blanca@sdcathedral.org
I am originally from Fresno, CA but have the majority of my life in San Diego. I came to work for the Diocese of San Diego in 2003. I have worked as Business Manager for different parishes within this Diocese (St. Michael, San Diego, St. Luke and Corpus Christi). I have an education in Business Administration w/Accounting and come with plenty of experience. Working at parishes has made me realize that this is more than a job; it is a ministry that God planned for me and I look forward to it every day. I started here at St. Joseph in February 2016. In 2011, I was blessed with the opportunity to work with the Diocese of Arlington in Virginia. My children and I left San Diego for a few years and are very happy to be back in this beautiful city. I have three children — one son, Armando, and two daughters, Bianca and Arianna. I am very excited to be part of the Cathedral and I am looking forward to the many changes that the future holds.
Blanca Garcia : Business Manager

Blanca Garcia

Business Manager

blanca@sdcathedral.org
Michele Anderson : Bookkeeper

Michele Anderson

Bookkeeper

michele@sdcathedral.org
Michele came to work at the Cathedral in 2010. She feels very blessed for the opportunity to be a part of the staff and equally blessed to be a member of the parish family. She has served as a Eucharistic Minister and has been very active "behind the scenes" at the St. Joseph International Food Fair held annually on St. Joseph the Worker feast day. Michele and her husband Tom met at a west coast swing dance class and still dance, only a bit slower! They also enjoy traveling, especially to Guam, Arizona, Kentucky and Indiana, to visit family and friends.
Michele Anderson : Bookkeeper

Michele Anderson

Bookkeeper

michele@sdcathedral.org
Lynn Martinez : Parish Secretary

Lynn Martinez

Parish Secretary

lynn@sdcathedral.org
Lynn began working at Saint Joseph Cathedral part time after graduating from school 20 years ago. Later, the former Secretary at the Cathedral retired and Lynn was ready to step in and took the position as the Cathedral's secretary.  Secretary at Saint Joseph Cathedral has been her one and only job. She finds working  here very fulfilling and would not change it for any other job, not even if it were a job as a school teacher, which was once her dream.  She has been happily married for 14 years and has no children but hopes to one day become a mom and to travel the world.
Lynn Martinez : Parish Secretary

Lynn Martinez

Parish Secretary

lynn@sdcathedral.org
Patrick Robell : Music Director

Patrick Robell

Music Director

probell@sdcathedral.org
Pat Robell is Director of Music at St. Joseph Cathedral. He conducts the Cathedral Choir, is building Cathedral Cantorei, as well as an evolving Youth music program. He previously served in the Archdiocese of Seattle (1986 to 2004) as Pastoral assistant for music. Robell earned a BM from University of Oregon with an emphasis on instrumental technique and composition under the late Homer Keller and Monte Tubb. He continued studies at Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle. In his 30 years as a liturgical music director, Robell has been involved in writing, arranging, and conducting on over 17 recording projects. The goal at St. Joseph Cathedral? The principal choir will be the congregation.  
“Pat Robell has been an important professional colleague of mine for many years. As a teacher he has the remarkable gift of understanding exactly where students are and then inspiring them to achieve their very best. As a musician he is adept in a number of styles and widely respected for his ability to train, develop and lead musicians in classical, jazz, and contemporary styles. As a liturgical musician, he has a profound pastoral sense of the church’s musical prayer, and uses the latest technologies to produce scores and instrumental parts and assembly worship materials that are clear, idiomatic, and elegant.”  Dr. James Savage Director of Music St. James Cathedral Seattle (1981-2014)         
Patrick Robell : Music Director

Patrick Robell

Music Director

probell@sdcathedral.org
Alicia Gutierrez : Faith Formation / Hispanic Ministry Coordinator

Alicia Gutierrez

Faith Formation / Hispanic Ministry Coordinator

alicia@sdcathedral.org
Alicia Gutierrez, Catechetical and Hispanic Ministry, Director. She has been ministering at St. Joseph Cathedral Since 2008. Married for 35 years with Enrique Gutierrez, their two daughters Alexandra and Marisol gave them 6 grandchildren. Serving Families, and preparing lessons that enable the families to become disciples of Jesus and grow in their knowledge of the Catholic Faith; provide diverse opportunities for prayer and worship is her principal goal. A passionate Master catechist since 1995 for the Diocese of San Diego, forming and training new catechists through the lens of missionary discipleship.  Speaker and workshops writer for the Diocese of San Diego. Love writing poems and articles for Southern Cross.  Enjoys celebrating with the community, Hispanic traditions and devotions such as Las “Posadas”, “El Via-crucis” ‘ “La Rosca de Reyes” also cultural Devotions as “Black Nazareno”’ Simba-gaby.”  Love to be involved in the multicultural community of Saint Joseph Cathedral.
Alicia Gutierrez : Faith Formation / Hispanic Ministry Coordinator

Alicia Gutierrez

Faith Formation / Hispanic Ministry Coordinator

alicia@sdcathedral.org
Valerie Izzo : Director of Adult Faith Formation & RCIA

Valerie Izzo

Director of Adult Faith Formation & RCIA

val@sdcathedral.org
I grew up in New Jersey, but ended up in San Diego after a detour through western Massachusetts, Seattle, then Boston. Seattle is where I earned my PhD, studying plasma physics and its application to fusion energy, and I eventually landed at UCSD in 2006. I spent my first six years in San Diego as a non-church-goer, although I had been a Lutheran through my teenage years. I forget what I was doing all those years-- must have been boring. In 2012, God caught up with me and I joined the RCIA program here at St. Joseph Cathedral, becoming a Catholic in 2013. Four years later, I left my job at UCSD to work full-time on an MA in Theology from Holy Apostles College. I now do the job of RCIA director part time while continuing work in the field of fusion research the rest of the time. In my picture here I’m at the construction site of an experimental fusion reactor called ITER (look it up!)
Valerie Izzo : Director of Adult Faith Formation & RCIA

Valerie Izzo

Director of Adult Faith Formation & RCIA

val@sdcathedral.org
Dorinamae Cueva : Confirmation Coordinator / Young Adult Coordinator / Social Media Director

Dorinamae Cueva

Confirmation Coordinator / Young Adult Coordinator / Social Media Director

dorinamae@sdcathedral.org
I was born in the Philippines in 1991 but moved to the United States with my parents shortly after birth because my Dad was in the Military. He was stationed in Oxnard, California when, in 1993, my younger sister was born. A couple years after that, my family was stationed to San Diego where I, with my parents, younger sister, and younger brother (born in 2006) have been ever since. I started elementary and went all the way through college in San Diego. After receiving a Bachelor's Degree in Art Education from San Diego State University, I continued to pursue a teaching credential and taught art to elementary age children. However, though teaching art has always made me happy, my true joy came from my service to the Church. So, I said goodbye to my classroom and was adopted into the St. Joseph Cathedral family in the Easter season 2016. I am excited to be here and to be part of the Young Adult Team at St. Joseph Cathedral. Forget about being the "future" of the Catholic Church; let's live for God and make big moves TODAY. To GOD be the glory!
Dorinamae Cueva : Confirmation Coordinator / Young Adult Coordinator / Social Media Director

Dorinamae Cueva

Confirmation Coordinator / Young Adult Coordinator / Social Media Director

dorinamae@sdcathedral.org
Benito Gutierrez : Facility Maintenance

Benito Gutierrez

Facility Maintenance

Benito Gutierrez : Facility Maintenance

Benito Gutierrez

Facility Maintenance

Hortencia Gonzalez : Housekeeper

Hortencia Gonzalez

Housekeeper

Hortencia works very hard to keep the rectory clean, neat and organized. She is a valued member of the support staff here at Saint Joseph Cathedral.
Hortencia Gonzalez : Housekeeper

Hortencia Gonzalez

Housekeeper