Celebration of Faith Lutheran Church

Our Pastor

The Reverend Monsignor Dennis L. Mikulanis, S.T.D.

Raised and educated in San Diego, attending Catholic parochial schools. Graduated from University of San Diego High School in 1969.

Graduated from the University of San Diego, 1973, with B.A. in History and Philosophy.

Attended seminary at St. Francis Seminary for College work, then the Pontifical North American College, the Seminary for the United States in Rome. Studied at the Angelicum University (Pontifical University of St. Thomas) in Rome.

S.T.B. (Bachelor’s in Sacred Theology) – 1976
M.A. in Theology – 1977


our Values

We believe Jesus is Life and that leads us to action!


There is nothing that God wouldn’t give to ensure strength of relationship, and He wants His house to be – founded and built upon relationships.


One of the things that made David a stand out man and leader was his integrity of heart. We can have the best music, preaching, building and ministries, but integrity of heart is what is crucial to God.


Enthusiasm is great but if it is not followed through with consistency, then ultimately it is just wind and noise. But we value the substance of commitment.


God has graciously given us the most excellent Spirit of all – His Holy Spirit. Therefore, in giving God our best, we should in all things be excellent.


To please God we must be people of faith. Not just faith in anything and everything, but faith in God and His word. Our words must reveal it.


If we don’t have life then we have to wonder if God is in the place. And as individuals, if we don’t have life we have to ask the same question.

Ordained a priest June 25, 1977. Served as a parish priest in San Diego until Fall of 1983 when sent by Bishop Leo Maher to Rome for Doctoral Studies.

S.T.L. (License in Sacred Theology) 1985; S.T.D. (Doctor of Sacred Theology) – Angelicum University, 1986; Specialized in Ecumenical Studies.

Served as Co-Chairman of the Ecumenical Commission for the Diocese of San Diego, 1979-1986. In 1986 returned to San Diego from Rome and once again began parish ministry. At that time also appointed Director of the newly created Office for Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs, Diocese of San Diego.

January 1988 – Appointed Pastor of Holy Spirit Parish, San Diego
February 1989 to February 1991 – served as President of the Ecumenical Council of San Diego County

1990 – Appointed by Bishop Brom to serve as Vicar for Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs for the Diocese of San Diego, as appointment which recognizes the critical importance of this work for the Church.

1992 – Appointed Pastor of St. Charles Parish, South San Diego/Imperial Beach (4,000+ families)

2002 – Appointed Pastor of San Rafael Parish, Rancho Bernardo (3,100+ families)

Director of Diocesan Cemeteries

Founding member of the Interreligious Council of San Diego

Named an Honorary Prelate to the Holy Father, with the title of Monsignor, November 16, 1998.

Member: North American Academy of Ecumenists; National Association of Diocesan Ecumenical Officers; The Simon Wiesenthal Center, Los Angeles; The National Holocaust Memorial Museum, Washington, D.C.; The National Trust for Historic Preservation;; The Confederate Memorial Literary Society, Richmond, VA; The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation; Association for the Preservation of Civil War Sites; San Diego Historical Society; Phi Alpha Theta – The National Historical Honor Society; Knights of Columbus, Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem.

Co Authored:

Receiving the Vision: The Anglican-Roman Catholic Reality Today, Liturgical Press, Collegeville, MN 1995

Bridging Our Faiths, Paulist Press, New York/Mawhwah, N.J. 1997

Published articles in Ecumenical Trends, The Priest Magazine, The Southern Cross, The San Diego Jewish Heritage Press, The San Diego Jewish Times

San Rafeal Clergy

Phone: (858) 487-4314, Ext. 1214
E-Mail frdennis@sanrafaelparish.org
Msgr. Dennis L. Mikulanis, S.T.D.
Phone: (858) 487-4314, Ext. 1213
E-Mail: frnirum@sanrafaelparish.org
Fr. Miramjan Kanmury, Ph.D.
Associate Paster
Phone: (858)487-4314, Ext. 1230
Email: deaconmike@sanrafaelparish.org
Deacon Mike Fish
Assisting Deacon
Phone: (858)487-4314, Ext. 1211
Email: deaconbob@sanrafaelparish.org
Deacon Bob Holgren
Pastoral Assistant
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Founder & CEO
Thursday, August 31, 2017
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Ryan King
Founder & CEO
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Our Liturgical Staff

Phone: (858)487-4314, Ext. 1225
Email: haley@sanrafaelparish.org
Haley Patterson
Director of Music Ministry

Our Religious Education Staff

Phone: (858)487-4314, Ext. 1224
Email: codonnell@sanrafaelparish.org
Chris O'Donnell, B.S.P.
Director of Catechetical Ministries
Phone: (858)487-4314, Ext. 1217
Email: youth ministry@sanrafaelparish.org
Lailani Gachalian
Youth Ministry Coordinator
Phone: (858)487-4314, Ext. 1216
Email: qskiano@sanrafaelparish.org
Quyen Skiano
Catechetical Program Coordinator
Phone: (858)487-4314, Ext. 1202
Email: marina@sanrafaelparish.org
Marina DiVora
FCatechetical Program Receptionist

Our Administrative Staff

Phone: (858)487-4314, Ext. 1226
Email: bulletin@sanrafaelparish.org
Cheryl Danzl
Office Manager, Bulletin Editor
Phone: (858)487-4314, Ext. 1212
Email: amy@sanrafaelparish.org
Amy Martinez
Business Manager
Phone: (858)487-4314, Ext. 1201
Email: gail@sanrafaelparish.org
Gail Jika
Parish Secretary

Our Maintenance Staff

Phone: (858)487-4314
Email: maintenance@sanrafaelparish.org
Ruperto Cardenas
Phone: (858)487-4314
Email: maintenance@sanrafaelparish.org
Emilio Avila
Phone: (858)487-4314
Email: maintenance@sanrafaelparish.org
Lupe Cardenas

JOIN THE community

San Rafael Catholic Church

is a welcoming church.  Come and enjoy the beauty of the church itself with the many stained glass windows which trace salvation history and the events in the life of Christ, the Bible and the saints. You will find many educational, fellowship and community service opportunities. We invite you to participate. 

We want every member of the Church to have balance in their Christian life: in prayer, in word and in deed.

Philosophy of Ministry

Ministry isn’t limited to the confines of a church building.

As believers, we are called to both celebrate and imitate Christ

Visit Us

Where To Find Us

12821 Ha Hana Rd, Lakeside, CA 92040

Have questions? 619 916 8310

Sunday: 10AM to 12PM