PEOPLE: Father Rafael hopes to stay at Sacred Heart Church in Olema at least six years, bringing welcome stability to the parish after the last two priests stayed just two years each.   David Briggs

This month, Father Rafael Antonio de Avila y Romero began a six-year post at Sacred Heart Church in Olema. He is the church’s first Mexican pastor in its more-than 100-year history, and he joins a community where over half of school-aged children are Latino.

Soft-spoken, though conveying an intense conviction, Father . . .