Bishop to Formally Install New Pastor of San Carlos Cathedral

MONTEREY – On Saturday, 29 January 2022, the Most Rev. Daniel E. Garcia, 5th Bishop of Monterey in California, will formally install the Very Rev. Victor Ommar Solís as 26th Pastor of San Carlos Cathedral during the 6pm Mass.

Announced in October of 2021, Fr. Solís’ appointment took effect on 1 January 2022. He succeeds the Rev. Jerry Maher, who returned to his native Ireland.

According to the Spring 2015 issue of the Saint Patrick’s University & Seminary Patrician magazine, Fr Solís was born in Santa Maria, California. The fourth of seven siblings, his family returned to their home of León, Guanajuato, México, when he was eight years old. He grew up in León and studied there until he was 16 when he returned to California and completed high school.

After graduating from CSU Fresno in 2006 with a dual Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration (HR Management) and Music (Music as a Liberal Art), he worked as program manager for a nonprofit organization in Santa Cruz.

Fr Solís was ordained to the priesthood on 22 May 2015 by the late Most Rev. Richard J. Garcia, 4th Bishop of Monterey in California. He previously served at Saint Joseph in Spreckels and at San Carlos Cathedral as parochial vicar. In 2017, he was appointed the Vocations Director for the Diocese of Monterey in California.