I was born and raised in Mexico, Chavinda, Michoacan. I arrived in the United States in 1986. I joined the Franciscan Friars in 1990. I graduated from Holy Name college in 2000, Oakland, California. In 2004, I graduated from the Franciscan School of Theology, Berkeley, California. I was ordained as a priest in 2005 at Saint Francis of Assisi Parish, Los Angeles, California. I moved from Los Angeles to Oakland, California, Saint Elizabeth Parish to work as an associate pastor. I worked there from 2010 to 2016. Then I was transferred to Our Lady of Guadalupe, Guadalupe, Arizona serve as a pastor. I was there from 2016 to 2020.