Holy Spirit of Hope serves Christians of all denominations through Biblical enlightenment and modeling.
We specifically serve Catholic Christians through the celebration of Sacraments with appropriate Biblical teachings, specializing in assisting those denied Sacraments by their chosen church – yet not in competition with our sister church.
Holy Spirit of Hope Charismatic Old Catholic Church teaches that the Church consists of the believers in Jesus Christ and the Triune God. This church is one of the many branches of the one, holy, catholic (universal), and apostolic Church.
We believe that our relationships, with God and each other, are governed by the Ten Commandments as basic guides for living sound moral lives, and are fulfilled by Jesus’ command of love; that sin is any act not in accord with God’s definition of love; that Satan is the accuser of mankind who lies, cheats, kills, steals, and destroys through confusion of the truth unto sin. We teach the Good News that through Jesus’ death on the cross, the price for all of our sins was paid, and we have a free forgiveness of sins attainable by faith and confession.
The administration of Sacraments is a great responsibility of the Church, for through these events our faith in Christ grows as the Holy Spirit reflects His presence. This branch of Christ’s Church, without judgment, administers valid Catholic Sacraments to all who request with appropriate preparation and without delay. Taking our Great Commission seriously, we use Sacraments as special means of evangelization.
Jesus invited His followers with a simple “Come.” We do, too.
Helping People Enter The Personal Relationship With Jesus Receiving All Baptized To Communion. United By The Call Of God, Not Man, We Provide Biblical Guidance To His Purpose For Our Life.
Rev. Robert Ortega, DD, PE
Rev. Robert Ortega is Presiding Archbishop of the Charismatic Old Catholic Church Diocese of the West and Pastor of Holy Spirit of Hope Church in El Paso, TX that his family founded in May 2002.
He was ordained priest in 2002 by Archbishop Michael (RIP) of the Catholic Charismatic Church and was consecrated Bishop of the Catholic Charismatic Church in 2007.
After the death of Patriarch †Michael in February of 2011, the Catholic Charismatic Church fell into disarray so Holy Spirit of Hope found spiritual cover at the Independent Old Catholic Church under Archbishop Maurice McCormick.
Rev. Ortega completed service to his country in 2010 as a Captain (O-6) in the U.S. Public Health Service, serving as an engineer with the Indian Health Service on Indian Reservations during the Vietnam era.
Born in El Paso, TX, he completed Ysleta High School then earned 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 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. He continues committed to Martha who has blessed him with 3 children, 4 grandchildren and 2 great grands.
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 and 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.
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 and earned her Doctorate Degree in Ministry on July 15, 2022, from Agape Seminary, Louisville, Kentucky. 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 many retreats and seminars, leading to Commission as a Spiritual Director in 2001. Patricia 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).
Deacon Pat is serving in Sierra Vista, Arizona area as God provides ministry.
Rev. Melissa Ortega
Rev. Melissa Ortega was born in Yuma, Arizona and currently serves as Associate Pastor in absence 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 earned a BS in Biology degree from the University of Texas at El Paso in 1996. She went through extensive biblical training from 1992 to the present. She has led ministries including bible studies and children’s learning.
She was blessed by God with her only child, †Amanda Ann Elise and were constant companions until Our Lord called †Amanda home…after giving life to twins James Robert and Jude Michael.
Although encountering disabling lupus in 1994, she has enjoyed mission assignments to the Azores of Portugal, Uruguay, the Philippines and Venezuela. †Amanda joined her on most of her mission trips.
Rev. Dr. Elizabeth S. Ornelas, OSB
Rev. Dr. Elizabeth S. Ornelas, OSB was raised in El Paso, Texas in a Chicano Mexican Traditional Culture, Rev. Elizabeth has been married to Eduardo Ornelas for over 27 years and is blessed as a mom to three beautiful young adults and a grandma of two beautiful grandchildren.
Rev. Elizabeth was ordained to the Priesthood on the Lord’s day in June 2018 by Bishop Robert Ortega, Pastor of Holy Spirit of Hope Catholic Church and the Primate of COCC. Rev. Elizabeth has earned an Associate Degree in Media Production in 1992 and worked in the news media covering local, Las Cruces, and cross-border news. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration Management in 2007 while she worked for the Apostolic Roman Church, Diocese of El Paso, she held positions as a Religion Teacher, Director of Religion Formation and Assistant to the Pastor. Rev. Elizabeth earned a Master Degree in Divinity from Agape Seminary School in 2019.
Rev. Elizabeth has held leadership positions as Chairwoman for the Parish Council and Finance Council. She has worked for the Independent School Districts in El Paso, Socorro, and San Elizario as a Teacher on Record. Rev. Elizabeth serves as the Abess under Our Lady of Grace a St. Benedictine Catholic Congregation, in Ventura, California, and in Guadalajara, Jalisco. Rev. Elizabeth owns Magnolia Weddings and leads the St. Benedict Homeless Ministry. Rev. Elizabeth dedicates her services to the community by celebrating Digital Mass through Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and Instagram, Evangelizing with Love and encouraging the Youth to step up and own their Faith.