Salinas: Home of the Bishop's Office

Located along the coast between the San Francisco Bay Area and Los Angeles, Salinas in Monterey County is the midpoint of the diocese and home to the diocesan staff offices since 2014. Salinas is the largest city in the county and the county seat, with a population of approximately 160,000 (as of 2016). The city is described by its mayor, Joe Gunter, as blending “yesterday’s charm with today’s modern conveniences.”

Salinas is located approximately 12 miles from Monterey Bay and the Pacific Ocean, and its weather reflects that proximity. While morning fog from the marine layer is a common occurrence, the sun shines brightly in Salinas, with the average temperature ranging from the 70s in the summer to the low 60s in the winter.

In 2013 the Diocese of El Camino Real purchased the 1896-built Sargent House in Salinas and began a yearlong restoration project. In December 2014 the diocesan staff moved into the revitalized historic home, where they maintain a welcoming venue for diocesan meetings, also hosting art exhibits and occasional open houses for the neighborhood and the diocese. More information is available by clicking the Sargent House images below.

Eight staff members are based in the Sargent House. Five ancillary staff, volunteers and consultants, provide vital complementary services. Titles and photos of all staff members are available at the Meet Our Team link below.

Meet Our Team

About Historic Sargent House

Click on the image (below left) or the video (below right) to learn more about Sargent House.