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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 God’s 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 Bachelor’s 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 †Bishop 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.


Patricia’s 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.


Patricia’s 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. Deacon David A. Brown


Rev. Deacon David Brown currently serves as Senior Deacon at Holy Spirit of Hope church in El Paso, TX.


Deacon David was ordained on September 11, 2017 as a deacon in the Independent Old Catholic Church by Most Rev. Robert Ortega, Bishop of the IOCC Diocese of the Southwest.


He was trained under the guidance of Bishop Robert at Holy Spirit of Hope church.


Married since 2006 to Terry, they are share responsibility for 7 children and 13 grandchildren. Deacon David served in the U.S. Navy from 1979 to 2003, retiring at the rank of Chief Petty Officer.


Deacon David energetically and studiously approaches his ministry. He recently added the Doctor of Divinity to his long list of degrees and certifications. His main interest is Christian counseling as he adds to retirement income by providing counseling to the public.


Deacon Brown was born in 1961 in Lubbock, TX and has lived on both coasts and raised in Hutchison, KS.


Rev. Melissa Ortega


Rev. Melissa Ortega currently serves as Associate Pastor at Holy Spirit of Hope church in El Paso, TX.


Rev. Melissa was ordained on December 19, 2015 as a priest in the Independent Old Catholic Church by Most Rev. Robert Ortega, Bishop of the IOCC Diocese of the Southwest.


Rev. Melissa has undergone extensive biblical training from 1992 to the present. She has led ministries including bible studies and children’s learning.


She was blessed by God in September of 1992 with her only child, Amanda Ann Elise. They have been constant companions to each other for their entire life.


Among the ministries closest to the heart of Rev. Melissa are overseas missions. Her first mission trip was to provide medical assistance to the needy in Juarez, MX while a medical student. Although encountering disabling lupus in 1994, she has enjoyed mission assignments to the Azores of Portugal, Uruguay, the Philippines and Venezuela. He daughter Amanda has joined her on most of her mission trips.


Pastor Melissa was born in 1973 in Yuma, AZ, graduating from Riverside High School. She maintains her home in El Paso with her daughter Amanda and 5 cute doggies.