With a wealth of experience spanning more than 28 years in management, teaching, and ministry within the Catholic Church, Roberto Navarro presently holds the position of Senior Director of US Church Engagement at Catholic Relief Services (CRS). In his current role, he acts as the CRS representative in various capacities, engaging with different departments of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), Bishops, Catholic seminaries, as well as regional and diocesan Catholic organizations.
Previously, he held the position of an adjunct professor at the Mexican American Catholic College (MACC), where he taught Theology courses in both the Deaconate Formation Program of the Archdiocese of San Antonio and the collaborative Bachelor of Arts in Pastoral Ministry program, which involved a partnership between MACC and the University of the Incarnate Word (UIW). Furthermore, he contributed his services to the Diocese of Austin across various departments and also served as the Director for Young Adult and Campus Ministry in the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston. In addition to his work within religious organizations, he also gained experience in the private sector, where he held a managerial role as an operations manager in a manufacturing company.
Roberto holds a degree in Business Administration from St. Edward University, Austin, TX, a Master’s degree in Theology and a Master’s degree in Pastoral Ministry from St. Mary’s University, San Antonio. TX. Additionally, he is working towards a Doctor of Ministry degree, with specialization in Evangelization at Catholic University of America, Washington, DC.
He has served on several national Catholic ministry boards, including the National Catholic Young Adult Ministry Association (NCYAMA), National Catholic Council for Hispanic Ministry (NCCHM), The National Catholic Network de Pastoral Juvenil Hispana (La RED) among others.
He places great value in his vocation as a lay minister. His preferred style of leadership is one of collaboration in team ministry and servant leadership. He is an avid reader and strongly believes in constant and continuing education in one's field of expertise. His focus in life is his personal spiritual growth and his wife, Lolys, and their children: Roberto, Hector, Miguel (Deceased), Alejandro, Laura, and their granddaughters: Liliana, Laura, and Evangelina.