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Father Michael Ronayne, OFM Cap.

Capuchin Franciscan Fathers

As long as I can recall, I had an interest in Churchy things. In high school and college I began thinking about a service vocation, though not necessarily as a priest or religious.

Our Lady of Refuge played a big part in helping me find my vocation. I arrived in Long Beach from my native Colorado in early 1986. OLR was just down the street from my apartment and I thought the church was one of the prettiest I had seen. The community was wonderful and welcoming and Fr. Al Scott and Deacon/ Fr. Ernie and the pastor Fr. Bill did a super job of promoting vocations as did members of the Serra Club. The OLR Social Concerns group and the ushers and the young adults group were filled with inspiring Christians and they too really helped spark and promote my interest in a vocation. Then too, through an appeal given at Our Lady of Refuge, I became involved in the St. Francis Center.

Working as an investigator for the Dept. of Defense at that time, my work was more and more demanding and at the same time I wanted to do more and more in ministry. Finally, I had to make a decision. With the help of the folks at OLR as well other wonderful Christians at work and in other parishes, I decided to investigate religious life and the priesthood. The Diocese of Los Angeles's vocation discernment groups helped me decide that the diocesan life was not for me. Providentially. I bumped into the Capuchin Franciscans through their promotional material posted at OLR.

On thing led to another, and I entered the Capuchins in 1990. I served in a number of parts of northern California. In 1997 I was ordained and after a short stay in the San Francisco Bay area I was sent to the mountains of the states of Sonora and Chihuahua in northern Mexico where I continue to serve. Most of my work is still in humanitarian service, though we do celebrate the sacraments in many rural and remote communities.

I am so thankful for my time at Our Lady of Refuge and for all the great people that God sent into my life through the parish. You all remain in my prayers.

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