Dean Julia was called to Trinity Cathedral as Priest in Charge in 2019 and as Dean in 2022. Previously, she served for three years as Canon for Cathedral Life at our sister Trinity Cathedral in Portland, Oregon. She spent 13 years serving on the staff of the Episcopal Bishop of California where she oversaw a broad portfolio of ministries related to growing up in and deepening Christian faith. Bilingual in Spanish, Julia was sponsored for ordination by La Santisima Trinidad (a Latino congregation in the Diocese of California) and was made a priest in 2013. A former missionary and non-profit fundraiser, Julia did her graduate theological studies at Creighton University and the Church Divinity School of the Pacific, where she now teaches as an adjunct professor. She is a faithful student of Jesuit spirituality, contributor to Daily Prayer for All Seasons and Lifting Women's Voices, and blogs at www.liftupyourhearts.net.
Julia has been married for 35 years to John, a public finance professional who serves as Trustee of the Church Pension Fund. Together, Julia and John are the frequently surprised and always grateful parents of Nicaraguan-born (and now young adult) sons Amos and Aaron, daughter-in-law Jillian, and granddaughter Ella. In addition to Scripture, Tradition, and Reason, Julia considers Pinterest to be her muse and spends way too much time dreaming up (and occasionally executing) crafty projects.
The Rev. Filemon Diaz was born in Jalisco, Mexico and was ordained in 1997. He moved to the United States in 2006, along with his wife and children (Nancy, Nancy Jr., Diego and Sebastian born in 2013) to work with various non-profit organizations helping the Latino community in the Los Angeles area. In 2012 he was invited to collaborate with the ELCA in the development of Latino missions, and in 2014 received a call to reestablish a Latino congregation in Denver. Says Filemón: “It was an exciting experience, a place that gave me the opportunity to reaffirm my call to serve others in the example of Christ.”
In 2018 he received the invitation to continue serving as a mission developer in the Diocese of El Camino Real, in the King City area, encompassing all of South Monterey County. He enjoyed the support of the diocesan team which gave him the opportunity to plant a new Latino church in the area, serving a large immigrant community, and also three Anglo congregations. “Through it,” Filemón says, “I learned a lot about the Episcopal Church, its leadership, its deep spirituality, its great sense of service and its special interest in opening the doors to all people, especially in the Latino community.”
Madre Anna was born in Arizona, bordering Sonora, Mexico. With family and friends on both sides of the border, she grew up bilingual and bicultural, trying to integrate differences in life and expressions of faith. She joined Trinity Cathedral around 1990. She helped found la congregación de Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe and re-start the campus ministry at San Jose State University. The Diocese of El Camino Real ordained her to the priesthood in 1998. In her ministry in Latino communities in the Diocese of California, she developed some of the early online tools used by Episcopal Latino ministries and others, including a complete bilingual Sunday lectionary, service booklets, and immigration information and resources. Madre Anna is now retired from full-time ministry and serving again at Trinity Cathedral, mostly with Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe.
Reverend Nancy returned home to California after serving five years as priest and Canon for Cathedral Relations at Saint Mark’s Cathedral in Seattle, and she now serves as Chaplain for Continuum Hospice and pastor to Trinity Cathedral’s community at The Villages in San Jose. She received her M.Div. from the Church Divinity School of the Pacific and served a year-long hospital chaplain residency at Stanford Medical Center. She holds a B.A. in journalism and M.F.A. in music and had a previous career as a communications director for nonprofits. She and husband Jim are parents of the late tattoo and cartoon artist Pat Hetic and aerospace engineer Kelsey Herrmann.
Deacon Kathey was ordained a deacon at Trinity Cathedral in 2007. She is trained as a chaplain in campus ministry, pastoral care, small group facilitation, and child advocacy. Currently she is the Episcopal Chaplain at San Jose State University. Partnering with Trinity Cathedral, Deacon Kathey is rebuilding an intentional student residential community in the lower level of the parish hall. She works closely with SJSU Basic Needs case managers and the Counseling and Wellness Center, and she is a full participant in the University Emergency Crisis Response Team. Supported by the Canterbury Board of Directors, Kathey has journeyed with over 40 students who have received undergraduate and graduate degrees made more achievable by the investment the Canterbury Foundation has made in each one’s wellbeing and future.
The vestry is the cathedral's board of trustees, sharing leadership responsibilities with the dean. The vestry is responsible for finances, the management of property, and human resources in accordance with the canons of the Episcopal Church, the cathedral bylaws, and California law. The congregation, at its annual meeting, elects vestry members to staggered three-year terms. Our vestry members during 2023-24 are:
Kristen Kaliski, Senior Warden
Christopher McVey, Junior Warden
Anthony Zambataro, Cathedral Warden
Sarah Nunes, Clerk
Each year the congregation elects, at its annual meeting, delegates to represent Trinity Cathedral at meetings of our deanery and at the annual diocesan convention. Our delegates during 2023-24 are:
Shane Patrick Connolly
Chris Kenward, Treasurer
Sarah Nunes, Head of the Altar Guild
Keith Ayres, Head Usher
Jim F. Alexander, Theologian in Residence
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