Very Reverend Doctor

Justin Hurtado-Palomo,

Vicar Emeritus


      MX & San José, CA USA

  • Diócesis de México (Sonora, Jalisco, SLP, Quintana Roo)


  • College, Young Adults

  • Adults


  • Chronic Illness & Disability

  • Faith and spirituality

  • Faith Deconstruction

  • Parenting

  • Gender & Sexuality

  • LGBTQ+

  • Life Transitions
  • Career, Life and Psycho-Coaching

  • Psychosynthesis Coaching


  • English

  • Spanish


  • Dual Bachelor of Arts in Psychology & Human Services, Ottawa University (cum laude)

  • Master of Divinity,  EE Old Catholic Theological Seminary

  • Licentiate of Sacred Theology (STL), EE Old Catholic Theological Seminary

  • Doctor of Ministry in Pastoral Care, & Psychology, EE Old Catholic Theological Seminary

  • Transformational Life Coaching Diploma - Southwest Institute of Healing Arts

As Spiritual Director of The iwigá Center for Spiritual Renewal, Fr. Hurtado provides leadership to The Center's mission to make quality pastoral and spiritual care accessible through active involvement in communities and innovative collaborations with health care systems, schools, churches, and nonprofits providing a variety of services to the community.

I've helped my clients break through the obstacles that seem to be holding them back in life. Life's too short to be unhappy, unsure, or unfulfilled. I help my clients achieve a more positive outlook on life and provide them with the necessary tools to get them there. Let me help you learn and develop better ways to handle the issues standing in the way of your goals. Get in touch today to see what I can do for you.

I was diagnosed in 2008 with chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy: CIDP is Multiple Sclerosis' wicked step-sister. CIDP, very much like MS, is a neurological disabling disorder of the peripheral nervous system (MS is the central). CIDP causes the immune system to attack the myelin, which is the insulation protecting the nerves. The nerves themselves can also be damaged. When myelin or the nerves become damaged, nerves cannot properly pass along their signals. The damaging process forms scar tissue called sclerosis, which manifests physically causing weakness/paralysis and I must use a wheelchair or other adaptive mobility devices as the disease progresses. Different types of CIDP affect people in different ways. The type I have is called relapsing-remitting CIDP. With this type, I have flare-ups of the disease, or relapses. Between these flare-ups, I have periods of recovery, or remissions.  CIDP has catapulted me as a "wounded healer" envisioning and developing new pastoral care and psycho-coaching methods that dramatically facilitate healing and change.

For over 25 years, I have provided:

  • Pastoral/spiritual care.

  • Psychosynthesis & life coaching.

  • Training.

  • Social and emotional instructional programming.

  • Parent education and employee relations.

  • Psychological testing in the US and Mexico.

  • Partnered on psychological exorcism reviews for the church. 


After serving in the private industry as an employee relations manager, and the Church, I retired from the corporate world in 2018 and from active ministry from the Church in 2019. Still, I continue to visit and serve the Church—now as the Vicar Emeritus. This honorary role allows me to continue my teaching and pastoral care ministry under the auspices of my local Church, Ekklesia Iwigá, and The Old Catholic Church of America's Office for Family Life & Spirituality. 

I currently call the South West US & Mexico home with spouse Marcial, service dog LT, and fur baby Diego the poodle. 


Feel free to reach out to me via WhatsApp +52 1 33 8526 2090 or email