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OLR Vocations

Every Christian has a vocation.  Most people are called to marriage or a single life, but some are called  to dedicated service in the Church.  This page focuses on men and women from Our Lady of Refuge who answered the call to dedicated Church service.   Some grew up in our parish.  Others became parishioners while attending college, serving in the military or working in or near Long Beach.  Each person has his or her unique story.

Fr. Manny Bravo

Archdiocese of Los Angeles

Fr. Thomas Francis C.F.R. 

Community of Franciscan
Friars of the Renewal

Fr. Chris Cartwright, S.J.

Society of Jesus (Jesuits)


Deacon Witold Engel
and His Wife Carmen

Archdiocese of Denver


 Sister Jean Erickson, F.M.A.

Salesian Sisters
(Daughters of Mary
Help of Christians)


Deacon Roger Faubert
and His Wife Ellen

Archdiocese of Los Angeles


Fr. John-Henry (Edward)
Hanson, O.Praem.

Norbertine Fathers


Fr. Ernest Montoya

Archdiocese of Santa Fe


 Father Wayne Noble

Archdiocese of Los Angeles


Fr. Michael Ronayne, OFM Cap.

Capuchin Franciscan Fathers


Fr. Thomas Schweitzer

Archdiocese of Los Angeles


Fr. Robert Stein, S.D.B.

Salesians of St. John Bosco



Fr. Thomas Weise

Diocese of Juneau, Alaska