Posted by: resparish | December 16, 2008

Welcoming Fr. Dennis Gilbert

[We are happy to welcome Fr. Dennis Gilbert, a priest who has helped out at Resurrection several times during the past two years, to full-time, long term ministry here at Resurrection Parish. I asked him if he would write a short biography and he graciously penned the following. – Fr. Bob]

Fr. Dennis Gilbert was born and raised in the San Fernando Valley and is the eldest of the five children of the late Milton and Danette Gilbert. He studied at Queen of Angels Seminary and St. John’s College, joining the newly re-created Diocese of Monterey in 1968 and completed studies at St. Patrick’s Theology, Menlo Park.

Ordained in May 1971, Fr. Dennis served as parochial vicar at Carmel Mission, St. Angela’s (Pacific Grove), Sacred Heart (Salinas – 1974-76 & 1994-97), Corpus Christi (Pacific Palisades) and at Old Mission San Luis Obispo. He served as pastor at the Shrine of St. Jude (Marina), Santa Rosa (Cambria) and Old Mission San Juan Bautista and was on medical leave in San Diego from 2006 until his most recent arrival at Resurrection Parish.

In the Diocese of Monterey Fr. Dennis served as the associate editor of The Observer, diocesan director of Communications & the Ecumenical Commission, director of Campus Ministry, and was Marketing Director for Paulist Productions and assistant Outreach Director for the Clint Eastwood Youth Drug & Alcohol Treatment Program in Monterey. He has also served as Chaplain and teacher at Santa Catalina School (Monterey) and was founder of Child Advocates of California, a non-profit program caring for abused, abandoned and neglected teens (1981-1996).

Contrary to rumors, Fr. Dennis was not married before (or after) being ordained a priest, but he is the adoptive father of two sons (Scott & Ben), a grandfather of five, and was a foster parent to more than thirty youngsters.

Hobbies and personal interests include travel (especially to Italy), foreign films, writing, and spoiling his now teen-age grandchildren.

Fr. Dennis admits he is “ecstatic” to be invited to live and minister at Resurrection Parish – especially when Fr. Bob insists that he “say something nice.” [Truth: Fr. Dennis is very happy to return to the parish where he has been so warmly welcomed many times over the past two years].