Highlights inside

  • Sargent House welcomes Maria Navarrete!
  • Mark your calendars for the Leadership Retreat on Jan 21st
  • Register for HR Bootcamp on Jan 27th
  • New Standing Committee Roster for 2023
  • And much more!

January 5, 2023

Problems reading this newsletter? View it on your web browser

Welcome Maria Navarrete

The new year brings new faces to Sargent House as Bishop Lucinda and the Diocesan Staff welcome Maria Navarrete as our Human Resources, Finance and Insurance Administrator. She will be replacing the Rev. David Starr so he can enjoy a well earned retirement.

Maria comes from an immigrant family, and is the youngest of 11 children. She was raised in Mexico for half of her life and after finishing high school, she immigrated to Salinas, CA. She worked in a fast-food restaurant while learning English and then started working on her Business Administration Degree at Hartnell college.

In 2002, she took a position at St. Mary of the Nativity Church in Salinas as Business Manager/Bookkeeper. After 5 years she was transferred to Madonna del Sasso Church, where she has worked for the last 15 years. She is currently working on finishing her bachelor’s degree at CSUMB.

She considers her family, husband, Fernando, son Ricardo, and her daughter Valeria, one of her greatest accomplishments.She enjoys going to her children's' games and loves to cheer them on as a proud mom. Maria is very thankful for her family who she says has always been there for her.

Maria is very grateful to Bishop Lucinda Ashby for this opportunity to work with the Diocese of El Camino Real. She asks for your prayers as she begins this new chapter in her life.

Mark your Calendars for the Diocesan Leadership Retreat on January 21!

There will be a Leadership Retreat for members of the Board of Trustees, Standing Committee, and Commission on Ministry on Saturday, January 21st at St. Paul's/San Pablo (1071 Pajaro St., Salinas, CA 93901), from 10 am to 3:30 pm. Lunch will be provided.

If you are a current or newly elected member of any of those governing bodies, please plan on attending. To register click HERE.

If you have questions about the Leadership Retreat, please contact the diocesan office at the email listed at the bottom of this newsletter.
Save the Date: Friday, January 27, 2023
HR BootCamp - St. Paul's/San Pablo, Salinas

Are you curious about the change in California law that impacts our Safe Church policies and practices (AB506)?  Want to know more about how our diocese and parishes will adapt to keep up with the law?  Church West and the Diocese of El Camino Real invite you to "HR BootCamp" to learn about the future of Safe Church in our diocese.

Please note: this is not Safe Church training, it is for leaders to be informed of the new legal requirements. Attendance is required for Clergy and Senior Wardens.

We will meet at St. Paul's/San Pablo (1071 Pajaro St., Salinas, CA 93901), 9am to 2:30pm.  Lunch will be provided.

To register, please CLICK HERE.
If the cost is a deterrent, please use code WALTER2023 to receive a free ticket.

If you have any questions, please reach out to Canon Martha Korienek at 

The Standing Committee in 2023

The Diocesan Standing Committee is one of the three canonically required committees of the diocese. In the absence of a bishop, the Standing Committee steps in as the ecclesiastical authority of the diocese.  

However, we are in good hands with Bishop Lucinda and her staff, so the Standing Committee responsibilities are limited to (a) consent to bishop elections, (b) consent at various stages of the ordination process, (c) property transactions, (d) serve as a council of advice for the bishop, and (e) prayer.  

At the end of 2022 Steve Pearson, and the Rev. Caro Hall retired from the Standing Committee, and Jackie Pierce and the Rev. Jani Wild began new four-year terms. Each December the Standing Committee elects its officers for the following year. Thus the 2023 Standing Committee is comprised of:
  • The Rev. Rob Keim (2024), President
  • Ms, Tricia Ottesen (2025), Vice President
  • Mr. Matt Cameron (2023), Secretary
  • The Rev. Martin Juarez (2023)
  • Ms. Shonna Close (2024)
  • The Rev. Salying Wong (2025)
  • The Rev. Jani Wild (2026)
  • Ms. Jackie Pierce, Esq. (2026)

Storied Pilgrimage with Race in 2023 

Storied Pilgrimage with Race is our diocesan anti-racism curriculum, which you can find on the diocesan website, HERE.  The completion of this program is required for all those in diocesan leadership, all clergy, and all Lay Eucharistic Visitors; it is strongly encouraged for those in parish leadership, such as staff and vestry.  All are welcome.

We will gather once each month in 2023 over Zoom and journey through the curriculum together.  There are two sessions, a morning session (9:30am to 11am) and an evening session (7pm to 8:30pm); you can indicate which session you're signing up for when you register. 

We will be meeting on: Jan. 25, Feb. 23, March 29, April 26, May 31, June 28, July 26, August 30, Sept. 27, Oct. 25, Nov. 15, and Dec. 6.

To register, please click HERE.

The Canon to the Ordinary, Canon Martha Korienek, will be leading the sessions.  If you have any questions, you can email her at

Lay Preaching Course Applications Open for 2023 Cohorts in Spanish & English

The Diocese of El Camino Real School for ministry is now in partnership with the dioceses of Northern California and San Diego as The West Coast Collaborative. There are big plans for 2023 including the development and launch of a program for individuals preparing for ordination as Deacons. We are currently accepting applications for our course opening in the winter of 2023 to prepare individuals to apply for a Lay Preaching license. Similar to 2022, we are forming cohorts of students in Spanish and English and seeking adult learners of all ages and educational backgrounds who are actively involved in ministry in their congregations and demonstrate gifts in lay leadership. Haga clic aquí para obtener información en español.

How do I apply?
  1. Click the link for more infomation and to fill out the online application in English or Español
  2. Request a letter of recommendation from your Rector/Vicar/Priest in Charge

Questions? Contact The Rev. Katherine B. Doar, School for Ministry Dean, Diocese of El Camino Real at

Bishop Lucinda's Schedule




Epiphany Episcopal and Lutheran Church, Marina
10-12   Provence 8 House of Bishops in Tucson, AZ
13-15   Preaching Retreat
21   Diocesan Leadership Retreat, St. Paul/San Pablo
22   Good Samaritan, San Jose
27   HR Bootcamp
29   St. John the Divine, Morgan Hill

Job Opportunities

St. Dunstan’s Episcopal Church seeks a Director of Music/Organist to establish and maintain a robust and inspiring music program that incorporates corporate worship and invites broad participation by the choir and congregation. Click here to see the job description.

St. Mary’s by-the-Sea Episcopal Church, Pacific Grove, is seeking a Children, Youth, and Family Minister. Read the job description via the link for the position.

St. Paul’s-San Pablo, Salinas is seeking a Part-time (Bilingual) Parish Administrator to serve as church staff with a commitment to the church’s mission. Click here to see the job description. Please email your resume to:

St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church in Mountain View seeks a temporary parish bookkeeper to cover a period of parental leave for three months starting in December. Applicants should send a cover letter, resume, and two references to Click here to see the job description.
Facebook Page
Facebook Page

Follow ECR on social media for photos, news, links & more

Submitting news to RealEpiscopal

Real Episcopal is published on the first and third Thursday of the month. News and event submissions must be received by end of day on the Sunday before publication date. Please limit submissions to 150 words in text format (unless agreed to in advance) and include the "who-what-where-when-why" information in the first paragraph.

Photos are welcome. Please send jpeg files with a minimum size of 1200 pixels wide (for phone images, select "original size" when sending).

EVENTS: Announcements must be in text form, no more than 100 words, and must be accompanied by a link to a web page with full information (flyers may be included with submission). All submissions will be edited for clarity and space needs. Church-specific event submissions will appear in no more than three issues per event.

News and/or story ideas should be emailed to Carole Bartolini, Communications Director, at
Copyright © 2023 The Episcopal Diocese of El Camino Real, All rights reserved.

unsubscribe from this list    update subscription preferences