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Our Priests

  • Msgr. LLoyd Torgerson

    A native of Los Angeles, Msgr. Torgerson was ordained a Roman Catholic priest in 1965. After his first assignment at Holy Trinity Parish in San Pedro, he moved in 1971 to New York and completed a Masters in Religious Education at Fordham University. He came back to serve the Archdiocese of Los Angeles as Director of Youth Ministry for 11 years and then as Director of Religious Education until 1987. Monsignor has been in residence at St. Monica for over 30 years and has served as pastor for over 25. In his spare time he is on the Board of Directors of the Boys’ and Girls’ Club of Santa Monica and serves as the Vicar for Ministerial Formation for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. He is an avid golfer and you can often find him in the early hours of the morning riding his bike along the beach.


    To reach him by phone, please call his assistant, Patricia Garcia, at (310) 566-1503.

  • Fr. Matt Murphy
    Associate Pastor

    Fr. Matt was ordained to the priesthood on June 4, 2016, and is serving his first assignment here at St. Monica. He came to love Christ and His Church after serving 8+ years in youth ministry (LifeTeen) at St Kateri Tekakwitha parish in Santa Clarita after a 20-year absence from the Catholic Church. He was raised in the northeast part of San Fernando Valley where he attended St. Didacus Elementary in Sylmar and Alemany HS in Mission Hills. He has 25+ years of experience in the grocery industry working for Safeway, Weber’s Bread, Snapple, and various start-up beverage companies. He is a sports enthusiast and his favorite teams include the Chicago Cubs, Oakland Raiders, Los Angeles Kings, and UCLA Bruins. He’s also known to appreciate a cold IPA beer from time to time (in moderation, of course).

    Fr. Matt can be reached by phone at (310) 566-1505.

  • Fr. Mark Martinez
    Associate Pastor
    Fr. Mark joined St. Monica as associate pastor in 2012. He was born and raised in Highland Park in the San Gabriel Valley, and attended college and graduate school in the San Francisco Bay Area. He was ordained in 1996. Before coming to St. Monica, he served as a chaplain at L.A. County/USC Medical Center and Keck Medical Center. Fr. Mark is often seen jogging throughout the streets of Santa Monica. One of his hidden talents is cooking delicious hot dogs, a skill he learned from his summers working at Dodger Stadium while home from college.
    Fr. Mark can be reached by phone by calling the Parish Office at (310) 566-1500.
  • Fr. David Guffey, CSC
    Priest In-Residence

    Father David is a priest of the Congregation of Holy Cross, living in-residence and assisting at St. Monica,  Although he regularly preaches and presides at sacraments, his full-time job is National Director of Family Theater Productions where he has worked since 2008.  Father David also gives retreats and talks on spirituality, faith and media, and Catholicism and film. He is a Notre Dame football enthusiast, loves to travel and is a film buff. 


    Fr. David grew up in Mt. Carroll, Illinois, where both his parents and sister (with her husband and six children) still live. He received a BA in American Studies and a Master of Divinity from the University of Notre Dame and an MFA in film and television production at Loyola Marymount University. He was ordained a priest of Holy Cross in 1991. Fr. David’s work with Family Theater Productions and the Congregation of Holy Cross often take him out of town for meetings and projects. 


    To reach him by phone, call the Parish Office at (310) 566-1500 or Family Theater Productions at (323) 874-6633.




Administrative Staff


Delis Alejandro, Pastoral Associate

(310) 566-1530  | 


Hilda Banuelos, Receptionist
(310) 566 1500  | 


Jeffrey Bonilla, Director of Music
(310) 566-1521  | 


Dorothy Butcher, Sacraments Coordinator

(310) 566-1523  | 


Daniel Clark, Maintenance
(310) 566-1565  |   email


Jenna Clingingsmith, Associate Director of Faith Formation
(310) 566-1543  |  


Donna Damian, Finance Coordinator
(310) 566-1506  | 


Anne Davidson, Campaign Assistant
(310) 566-1553  |   email


Gary Gallati, Receptionist
(310) 566-1500  | email


Patricia Garcia, Assistant to Msgr. Torgerson
(310) 566-1503  | 


Christine Gerety, Assoc. Director, Outreach and Pastoral Care Dept.
(310) 566-1531  | 


Daniela Girbal, Assistant Facilities Director

(310) 566-1555  | 


Chrystal Hagerty, Data Manager
(310) 566-1513  | 


Marcus Johnson, Ministry Asst, Outreach and Pastoral Care Dept.
(310) 566-1532  | 


Gail Lyons, Receptionist
(310) 566-1500  | 


Mike Mottola, Parish Administrator
(310) 566-1502  | 

Michael "PO" Pantoja, Audio Visual Director


Valerie Shore, Director of Stewardship & Development
(310) 566-1552  | 


Sr. Catherine Ryan, RSC, Pastoral Associate
(310) 566-1540  | 


Lydia Saenz, Receptionist
(310) 566 1500  | 


Audrey Shaw, Business Office
(310) 566-1507  | 


Merrick Siebenaler,  Director of Marketing Communications
(310) 566-1514  | 


Dale Sieverding, SLD, Director of Worship
(310) 566-1520  | 

Suzette Sornborger, Director of Faith Formation
(310) 566-1541  | 





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