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 Prosper was born and raised in Ghana. He is last of six siblings. He had his Minor and major Seminary formations in Ghana. He was ordained a Priest on July 18th 2009. He worked as the Associate Cathedral Administrator in the Diocese of Jasikan. In 2010, He was assigned as Parochial administrator and later as Pastor of St Michael Parish in Krachi, Ghana. He also worked as the Vocations Director for his Diocese between 2010-2014. In 2014, he was sent to Italy for a Licentiate in Social Communications at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome. Fr prosper likes country music, Ping Pong, and soccer.
"Greetings to all the parishioners of St. Monica Church. I am Fr. Thomas Park, your new Associate Pastor. I was ordained on August 8, 2020, at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, after six years of formation at the St. John’s Seminary in Camarillo.
Prior to choosing the diocesan priesthood, I had joined the Order of Friars Minor Capuchin as a postulant to discern if that’s where our Lord was calling me to be. And before that, I worked in the engineering and IT fields.
It has been a great journey with our Lord Jesus, the Blessed Virgin Mother Mary, and all I have met along the way. My journey has now led me to St. Monica Catholic Community, for which I am very excited. I look forward to getting to know each of you and serving our Lord together with you.
God bless you, and thank you so much for welcoming me! "
-Fr. Thomas Park
You can learn more about Fr. Park in his feature in the Angelus News entitled New LA Priest: Thomas Park
Fr. 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.
Rev. Vince Kuna, CSC, is a priest-in-residence at St. Monica and member of the Congregation of Holy Cross. He also assists with campus ministry classes at St. Monica Catholic High School. Fr. Vince works full-time at Family Theater Productions in Hollywood as Head of Development and Director of Hollywood Outreach. He is an avid sports fan, having swam in college and coached high school swimming prior to entering seminary.
Fr. Vince was born and raised in Naperville, IL. He enjoys visiting his family when vacationing. Before joining Family Theater Productions, he taught Film Production at the University of Notre Dame. Fr. Vince also received a Master’s Degree in Divinity (’08) and Bachelor’s in Business Administration (’99); later, Fr. Vince graduated from the University of Southern California (‘16) with an MFA in Film and Television Production.
To reach him by phone, call the Parish Office at (310) 566-1500 or Family Theater Productions at (323) 874-663.
Dcn. Kevin was ordained to the permanent diaconate in June of 2022. He is widowed with adult sons. He was born and raised in Newark, DE, slowly making his way westward, first to Marquette Univ. in Milwaukee, WI, for his BA and then to UCLA for an MS and Ph.D. in Mathematics. Kevin had a 35-year career teaching probability and statistics to MBA students, first at Duke Univ. then at UCLA, where he also served as Senior Associate Dean and Director of the MBA program. In 2018 he began serving as President of St. Monica Catholic Schools, now known as Saint Monica Preparatory.
Kevin serves on the board of St. John’s Seminary and the Financial Advisory Board of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet Los Angeles Province; for the past 14 years, he has served as board chair of the St. Joseph Center, a non-profit sponsored by the Sisters of St. Joseph serving the poor and homeless of Los Angeles. He serves weekly at Bread & Roses, a café run by St. Joseph Center, providing meals to homeless men and women in Venice.
Felipe Sanchez, Director of Administration
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Merrick Siebenaler, Director of Development & Strategic Communications
(310) 566-1514 | email
Delis Alejandro, Pastoral Associate, Director of Outreach
(310) 566-1530 | email
Hilda Banuelos, Receptionist
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Jeffrey Bonilla, Director of Music
(310) 566-1521 | email
Dorothy Butcher, Sacraments Coordinator
(310) 566-1523 | email
Daniel Clark, Maintenance
(310) 566-1565 | email
Donna Damian, Finance Coordinator
(310) 566-1506 | email
Gary Gallati, Receptionist
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Patricia Garcia, Executive Assistant
(310) 566-1503 | email
Christine Gerety, Director, Spiritual Care & Engagement
(310) 566-1531 | email
Michael Hampel, Controller
(310) 566-1534 | email
Gail Lyons, Receptionist
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Mark Neal, Assistant Facilities Director
(310) 566-1555 | email
Arielle Phan, Music & Media Coordinator
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Lydia Saenz, Receptionist
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Audrey Shaw, Business Office
(310) 566-1507 | email
Suzette Sornborger, Pastoral Associate
(310) 566-1541 | email
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St. Monica Catholic Community
725 California Avenue
Santa Monica, CA 90403
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