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Diocese of Monterey

Clergy | Sacred Heart Church

FR MANNY RECERA                                                         


Dear Sacred Heart Parishioners,  Greetings to all. I’m Manuel “Manny” Recera. I’m glad to be back to working fulltime in the parish and I am looking forward to getting to know and serve you as your Pastor.  I was born and educated in the Philippines in Mindanao. I am the second child in a family of eight siblings. After High School, I studied at Immaculate Heart of Mary Seminary, Taloto, Tagbilarin City, where I earned my Bachelor’s degree in  Philosophy and English. I studied theology at San Carlos Major Seminary in Cebu City to earn my Master’s Degree in Divinity.  I was ordained on May 3, 1985 by my late Bishop Felix S. Zafra and was assigned as Parochial Vicar in my hometown at Holy Cross Church, Siocon Zamboanga Del Norte. A year after, I was assigned to our Diocesan College Seminary at Cor Jesu, to teach and act as Spiritual Director for seminarians. After four years, I was sent by my bishop for further study here in US at Catholic Theological Union in Chicago for my MA in Theology. I served at Our Lady of Lourdes Church and Transfiguration Church in Chicago.  In 1996, I went home to the Philippines to serve my diocese for ten years. I worked as Parochial Vicar and Administrator in the parishes. At the same time, I worked in Campus Ministry in three Diocesan Colleges. Then, I was assigned as the VP for Religious Education in Catholic Schools and Colleges in the Diocese. Though I was busy working in the diocese, my bishop sent me for a year’s study in Manila and Tagaytay City. After my  formation, I worked as a member of the staff of the CBCP on Episcopal Commission on Clergy. My last assignment was as the Rector of Cor Jesu College Seminary. In 2006, my bishop permitted me to work here in the US for ten years. I worked at the Diocese of Rockford for three years as  Parochial Vicar at the parishes of St Joseph, St Mary and St  Thomas Aquinas in Freeport, Illinois. Then, I moved to seek a warmer place (for I was always sick during winter time in  Illinois.) I worked in the Diocese of Las Vegas and was the  Parochial Vicar at St Joseph Husband of Mary’s Church. After a year I was invited by my classmate from the Archdiocese of San Francisco and visited Monterey. I feel at home and love the  Monterey Peninsula. With the help of some Filipino priests, I applied to work in the Diocese of Monterey and Bishop Garcia accepted me. I worked as Chaplain at Palma High School and at the Newman Center at CSUMB in Marina. I was a resident priest here at Sacred Heart Church during that time. After a year and a half, I was sent by Bishop Garcia to Santa Cruz to work as  Chaplain-Priest at Dominican Hospital for three and a half years.  Last June was my 10th year of working here in the US and I was asked by my new bishop in the Philippines to make a decision either to stay in the US or to go back to the Philippines to serve. After prayer and discernment, I decided to stay in the Diocese of Monterey. I was formally released or excardinated by my bishop from my diocese last June. I will be officially incardinated to the Diocese of Monterey this August 14, 2016. I am happy and  honored to be part of this Diocese.  All my ministries from different dioceses were full of challenges and I have been blessed with grace-filled experiences. I am  looking forward to serving Sacred Heart Parish and I do hope and pray that with your love, prayers, and active participation, I will be a good and holy servant of the Lord and His people. God bless us all.






We also have three deacons assigned to our parish:

DEACON RICK GUTIERREZ, ordained May, 2007

DEACON DAVID LANSFORD, ordained May, 2012

DEACON TODD FREDRICKSON, ordained June, 2019



Mass Schedule

  • All Masses will be indoors
  • Saturday
    • 4:00 pm (English)
  • Sunday
    • 9:00, 11:00 am (English)
      1:00 pm, 4:00 pm (Spanish)
  • Monday - Friday
    • 12:15 pm (English)