Rev. Guillermo Martínez, MSP
Born in Mexico City on March 1966, I was the first son of Mr. Guillermo Martínez Mendoza and his wife, Mrs. Ma. Teresa Flores González. My younger brothers are Jorge Martínez Flores and Rafael Martínez Flores. I lived the first four years of my life in my maternal grandparents home, in the neighborhood known as Colonia Santa Cruz Aviación, near Mexico City’s airport. When I was four years old, we moved to 192 Lago Guanacacha Street, Colonia Agua Azúl 3ª. Sección, in Ciudad Netzahualcóyotl, State of Mexico. I lived there for the next twenty-two years.
On January 11, 1994, I left home to prepare myself as a missionary. By then, I had become a civil engineer and worked at the Mexico City Airport and at a structural building design company.
It was difficult to make the decision of becoming a priest, but I had to do it because I saw the need for priests. I was ordained as a priest on June 7, 2002 at Campo Misión, alma mater of the Missioneros Servidores de la Palabra.
I began serving in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles when I arrived here on October 15, 2004, to work at Our Lady of Solitude Church and at Santa Isabel Church. On July 17, 2011, I was assigned as pastor of Saint Joseph Parish in Fontana, California. On May 3, 2014, I returned as pastor of the parishes where I first ministered back in 2004. On May 17, 2015, the Ascension of the Lord, I lost my father, Mr. Guillermo Martinez; one of the most painful sorrows I have experienced. In December 2015, I became a permanent resident of the United States of America.