Paulist Fr. Gilbert Martinez has served as pastor of our mother church, the Church of St. Paul the Apostle in New York City, since August 1, 2006.
Fr. Gil was ordained a Paulist Father in in 1995. He has served as pastor at St. Sebastian Church in Los Angeles and St. Cyril of Alexandria Church in Tucson, AZ. Prior to these assignments, Fr. Gil was director of campus ministry at the University of California at Berkeley. His other assignments were at the Saint Jude Cancer Research Hospital in Memphis, TN, and associate director of the Paulist Center in Boston.
A native of El Paso, TX, Fr, Gil was reared in California. He completed a bachelor of science degree in conservation of natural resources from the University of California at Berkeley. He worked for seven years as a National Park Service Ranger at Grand Canyon and Big Bend National Parks before joining the Paulist Fathers (having met us at the Newman Center while a student at Berkeley).
At Saint Paul’s, Fr. Gil founded the very successful Apostolist ministry to young adults in their 20s and 30s. He credits the success of the ministry to the emphasis on faith formation of ministry leadership teams.