Dear Parishioners of St. Frances Cabrini,
Greetings in our Lord Jesus Christ!
I, as your new pastor, would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself briefly to all of you. My full name is Santos Leonel Ortega. I was born on November 1st which is All Saints’ Day and, of course, I was named after this glorious feast.
I was born and raised in Guatemala Central America. I come from a Catholic family of six children- four boys and two girls. I’m the number four and the only one who has consecrated his life as a priest. I was about 11 years old when I began to contemplate the idea of becoming a priest and at the age of 14, I was accepted to the minor seminary in Guatemala. Unfortunately, due to some family tragedies, three years later, I left the minor seminary and began to work in order to support my family financially.
I came to California in 1986 and a few months after my arrival, I officially became a seminarian for this wonderful Diocese of San Bernardino. It was precisely at this time that our Diocese was opening a house of formation for its future candidates to the priesthood. I moved into Fray Junipero Serra House of Formation which was located next to St. Francis of Sales Parish in Riverside and began to attend the local colleges: RCC, UCR, CAL State San Bernardino. After obtaining a BA in psychology and finishing my philosophy requirement for the priesthood, I began my last four years of theology and priestly training at St. John Mayor Seminary in Camarillo, California. By the grace of God, I was ordained to the priesthood 18 years ago on May 31st in 1996 by our Bishop Gerald Barnes.
Since, then, I have served in several different parish communities. My first parish assignment was to the community of St. George in Ontario for a period of 3 years. My second parish assignment was to the community of St. Martha in Murrieta. After two years, I left to become the pastor of St. Joan of Arc in Victorville in the high desert. After serving that parish community for five years, I left to become the pastor of Holy Family in Hesperia for six years. For the last two years I have served the wonderful parish community of St. Catherine of Alexandria in Temecula .
Now, Bishop Barnes has entrusted me as your spiritual leader. I have accepted this new ministry with great joy in my heart knowing that with God’s divine grace I will be able to do his Will. Keep in my mind, that all of us by the virtue of our baptism are called by Jesus to be his faithful disciples and good stewards of his Kingdom here on earth. At this specific moment, God has chosen us as community, to embrace and take ownership of our financial debt to our Diocese. I realize this is a great financial challenge for each one of us. But together, we can continue not only to offer our prayers but to make our sacrificial giving in order to fulfill our responsibilities. Finally, I firmly believe that with God’s Divine Providence anything is possible. We need only to put our trust in Him. For this reason, here I am happily looking forward to serving you as new Pastor.
Peace and Love,
Rev. Santos L. Ortega
Our Mission Statement
The Roman Catholic Community of St. Frances Xavier Cabrini is a family of Christian believers filled with faith and hope striving to bring God’s love to all people through Word and action.
La Comunidad Católica Romana de Santa Francisca X. Cabrinies una familia de creyentes Cristianos llenos de fe y esperanza luchando por llevar el amor de Dios a todos atravez de Palabra y acción.
Sunday: 7:00AM-12:30PM Mondays: 8:30AM-6:30PM Tuesdays – Thursdays: 8:30AM-5:30PM Fridays: Scheduled appointments only (Office lunch hour is 12:30PM-1:30PM daily)