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.
"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. Jonathan Nestico is a native Angelino, having been raised in the Santa Clarita Valley (think Magic Mountain). He was ordained to the Priesthood on August 8, 2020, on the plaza of the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels. He is the oldest of 3 children, having two younger sisters; he also shares a birthday with one of his sisters, and no, he is not a twin! Prior to entering the seminary in August of 2013, he attended Cal State University, Northridge, where he graduated with a B.S. in Marketing. After graduating from college, he worked in retail until he realized his calling to serve the people of God as a priest.
Fr. Jonathan comes to St. Monica’s after spending the first three years of his priesthood at Our Lady of Perpetual Help in his hometown of Santa Clarita. Fr. Jonathan comes with a servant’s heart, a love for the liturgy, and sharing God’s grace and mercy with His people. During his downtime Fr. Jonathan can be found roaming around the Happiest Place on Earth (Disneyland); poorly playing golf; crocheting; watching movies, football, baseball, hockey, or reruns of The Office.
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.
Mon–Fri, 7:00 am - Church
Mon–Fri, 12:10 pm - Church & Livestream
Sat, 8:00 am - Church & Livestream
LENTEN DAILY MASS 6:00 p.m.
Sat, 5:30 pm - Church
Sun, 7:30 am - Church
Sun, 9:30 am - Church & Livestream
Sun, 11:30 am - Church
Sun, 5:30 pm - Church & Livestream
Outdoor seating is available at all weekend Masses.
Mon–Fri. 5:30–6 pm
Sat, 4:30–5:00 pm
There are no confessions on secular holidays or other observances when the parish is closed.
Holy Days: additional Vigil and evening Masses, 6:30 p.m.
Holidays: single Mass, 9:30 am with no confessions
First & Third Fridays: 7:30–8:30 a.m. & 7–8 p.m. · Church
Second & Fourth Sundays: Noon–3 p.m. · Chapel