Rev. Peter Navarra
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
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.
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.
Faith Formation / Hispanic Ministry Coordinatoralicia@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.