New Parochial Administrator Appointed

CARMEL VALLEY – The Most Rev. Daniel E. Garcia, 5th Bishop of Monterey in California, has appointed Fr. Jhonnatan F. Carmona as administrator of the parish of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, 9 El Caminito Road.

Born in Cali, Colombia, Fr. Carmona attended college and seminary there before moving to the United States in 2009 to study English at the University of Idaho. He received his Master of Divinity degree from Mount Angel Seminary in Oregon. It was there at a Day of Recollection in 2013 where he met the late Bishop Richard J. Garcia, who invited him to the Diocese of Monterey in California.

Since his ordination to the priesthood on 23 May 2015, Fr. Carmona has served as parochial vicar in the parishes of Madonna del Sasso in Salinas, Carmel Mission Basilica, Saint Patrick in Watsonville, and Holy Cross in Santa Cruz. Fr. Carmona has also served as chaplain to the Serra Club of the Monterey Peninsula and to the Newman Center at U.C. Santa Cruz.

According to the Church’s Code of Canon Law, “a parochial administrator is bound by the same duties and possesses the same rights as a pastor unless the diocesan bishop establishes otherwise” (can. 540 §1). A priest who is new to the role of pastor is often first appointed parochial administrator to gain some experience in the role before eventually being appointed pastor.

Fr. Carmona’s appointment as parochial administrator takes effect on 6 July 2021.

The parishes of Our Lady of Mount Carmel and Holy Cross, and the Serra Club of the Monterey Peninsula, contributed to this report.