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Saint Michael’s Episcopal welcomes new Priest

Saint Michael’s Episcopal Church– announces the arrival of Reverend Jorge Enrique Pallares as Priest-in-Charge.  Reverend Pallares is a native of Mexico and has been an ordained Episcopal priest since 2006.  He grew up in the Roman Catholic Church and became attracted to the Anglican Church in 1996 following a trip to California with his family.

Reverend Jorge Enrique Pallares

Reverend Pallares began his studies in theology in 2001 at the Anglican Seminary of San Andres and the Theological Community in Mexico City, earning both a bachelor’s degree in theology and a diploma in pastoral psychology with honors. He was ordained a transitory Deacon in 2006 at Christ Church Parish in the Anglican Diocese of Mexico and later that year was ordained a priest.  In 2007 he was Priest-in-Charge of a new mission in the state of Puebla, restoring the Anglican Church there for the first time in many decades.  After serving two years as non-stipend clergy in the Diocese of Mexico, he was invited to the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles in 2008.  He became an American Citizen and served in various parishes in the Diocese of Los Angeles until 2018.  From 2018 to 2022, Padre Jorge served as Canon for Congregational Life at Christ Church Cathedral in Hartford, Connecticut.

Padre Jorge has three adult daughters; Carolina, Patricia and Mariana.  His wife Rosa was a professional technician in social work in Mexico and in California is a registered nurse.

Reverend Pallares brings broad experience in both secular and religious areas to Saint Michael’s, a Church dedicated to serving the pastoral needs of Ridgecrest.

The Reverend Canon Anna Carmichael, Ph.D. of the Episcopal Diocese of San Joaquin will officially install Padre Jorge as Priest-in-Charge.  The ceremony will take place 10am on Sunday 4 September 2022 at Saint Michael’s 200 West Drummond.  All Souls are invited.