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Holy Spirit of Hope

Independent Catholic Church

including Day Care & Learning Center

7728 Alameda Ave.  El Paso, TX  79915


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Rev. Robert Ortega, DD, PE


Rev. Robert Ortega is now Presiding Bishop of the Independent Catholic Church Diocese of the Southwest. He is in residence and Pastor of Holy Spirit of Hope Church in El Paso, TX that he founded and incorporated in May 2002.


He was ordained a priest in 2002 by Archbishop Michael (RIP) of the Catholic Charismatic Church. He was then consecrated a Bishop of the Catholic Charismatic Church in 2007 by Bishop Lou Vaporis (RIP).


The preparation for ministry of Rev. Ortega includes: over 40 years of marriage; twenty years of self-devoted concentrated and continuous study of Scripture and fundamental Christian principals; theology and ministry training at the Roman Catholic Diocese of El Paso Tepeyac Institute; counseling training with American Association of Christian Counselors; completion of the requirements of the Catholic Charismatic Church seminary; and ongoing studies.


Marriage and family counseling, as well as celebration of Catholic sacraments for the most difficult situations, are Godís commission and focal ministries of this church. Internet ministry provides extended opportunity for the assignment. The church also serves as a venue for local probationers to serve their time in an environment that fosters corrective behavior and reaches out to everyone in an inclusive manner.


As service to the city, Rev. Ortega volunteers as the only Catholic Chaplain for the El Paso Police Department responding to county-wide assignments.


Rev. Ortega completed service to his country in 2010 as a Captain (O-6) in the U.S. Public Health Service Inactive Reserves. He served as an engineer on active duty with the USPHS during the late Vietnam era.


Rev. Ortega was born in El Paso, TX, completing Ysleta High School before proceeding to earn both a Bachelorís Degree and a Master of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Texas at El Paso. He retired from federal government in 2004 after achieving the rank of a senior executive officer as Acting Presidential Appointee Commissioner to the International Boundary and Water Commission.


Rev. Ortega continues to provide engineering and construction consulting as a Registered Professional Engineer in the state of Texas. Most significantly, Rev. Ortega continues with renewed and refocused commitment to Martha who has blessed him with 3 children and 4 grandchildren.




Deacon Patricia Letto, DD


Patricia Letto was Ordained a Deacon in the Catholic Charismatic Church in 2005 by ÜBishop Elias Vaporis.


Patricia married Ned Letto in 1959. They have 3 children, 11 grandchildren, and 3 great grandchildren. She came from a Protestant background, but was baptized Roman Catholic in 1958 in Melrose Park, Illinois. Since then, Pat and Ned developed an active Catholic worship life. In 1976, Pat was baptized by the Holy Spirit leading to an arousal of her ministry. She volunteered as a Catechist in Adult Religious Education from 1997 to 2003 at Roman Catholic churches in Virginia and Texas. She has taught and currently teaching, Adult Religion and Scripture classes in Roman Catholic Churches in Virginia, Texas and Arizona, from 1997 to present.


Patriciaís spiritual development included: Women's Cursillo in Virginia in 1978; studies at the Center for Dream Study in San Francisco, CA. in 1999; studies at Our Lady of Guadalupe Benedictine Monastery School of Spiritual Direction in Pecos, NM from 2000-2001. Upon graduation from the school, she was Commissioned as a Spiritual Director in 2001. Patricia has trained and served as a Proclaimer of The Word and Eucharistic Minister in Roman Catholic Churches in El Paso, TX; and earned a Doctorate in Divinity in 2010 from Christ The King Theological Seminary, Inc., in Tampa, Florida, majoring in Spiritual Direction.


Patriciaís ministry includes the following: Director of Birthright, Inc. (crisis center) in Blacksburg, Virginia; offered and conducted several Retreats in Virginia, Texas, Arizona; leading a weekly Charismatic Prayer Group in Arizona; leading bi-monthly Women's Spirituality Group in Arizona; is a Spiritual Director specializing in Dream Interviews within Spiritual Direction; active in Marriage Ministry in Arizona (Program FOCCUS: and Sacramental Marriage in the Catholic Church).


Patricia has been invited to be the women's spiritual director for the women's Cursillo in Sierra Vista, Arizona.


On February 13, 2011, Deacon Patricia Letto was incardinated into the Independent Catholic Church by Bishop Robert Ortega and Bishop Raul Ballesteros, Jr. at Holy Spirit of Hope in El Paso, Texas.


Deacon Pat is serving in Sierra Vista, Arizona area as God provides ministry.



Rev. Raul Ballestros, DD, MSC


Rev. Raul Ballesteros currently serves as Auxiliary Bishop of the Independent Catholic Church Diocese of the Southwest and Associate Pastor at Holy Spirit of Hope church in El Paso, TX.


Rev. Raul Ballesteros was ordained on August 8, 2004 as a priest in the Catholic Charismatic Church by Archbishop Michael (RIP), prelate of the CCC. He was consecrated a Bishop of the Catholic Charismatic Church in 2010 by Bishop Robert Ortega.


Rev. Ballesteros has a strong ministerial background, starting in April 1985 when he received the gift of eternal life through Jesus Christ while stationed in Germany. Two young Christian soldiers presented the Gospel to him in a tank range at Graffenwoer, Germany. This began Rev. Raulís commitment to following Godís will and purpose in his life. In 1987 he felt Godís call to the Church of the Nazarene in Elizabethtown, KY. He was Granted his first local ministerís license in 1988.


Serving in the United States Army until retirement in 1994, he started formal ministerial studies and attained a Bachelorís degree in Biblical Studies from the Nazarene Indian Bible College, Albuquerque, NM in 1998. Rev. Raul and his family pastored La Iglesia del Nazareno in Albuquerque, NM from 1995-1996, helping the church grow to 50 in one year. From 1986 to 1998, Rev. Ballesteros was Senior Pastor at the Church of the Nazarene in Socorro, NM. He then returned to studies at Nazarene Theological Seminary in Kansas City, KS. 


Other ministerial positions include Senior Pastor at First Spanish Church of the Nazarene in Kansas City, KS from 1998-2001, and in 2001 was Senior Pastor at the First Church of the Nazarene in El Paso, TX. Rev. Raul also founded the Instituto Biblico for Hispanic students under the Kansas City District Nazarene School of Ministry, mentored 12 seminarian interns in their pursuit of Masters degrees, served as Chairman of the Board for the Kansas City District Nazarene School of Ministry, founded the East Argentine Ministerial Alliance, and was Chairman for the East Argentine Ministerial Alliance.


Rev. Raul continued his studies and attained a Masters of Divinity at the Nazarene Theological Seminary in Kansas City, MO and a Masters degree in Mental Health Counseling. He continues civil servant work for the U.S. Government.


Pastor Raul was born in 1957 in El Paso, TX, graduating from Austin High School. He married Theresa T. Keith in June 1975. They have 5 daughters and 6 grandchildren.