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NEXT OCA MEETING (FREE and open to the public)
Friday May 9th 2003 7:30pm

Featured Speaker

Rev. Monsignor Ronald E. Royer
Catholic Priest and Amateur Astronomer of international fame.

Royer Oaks Observatory.

photo © John Sanford

Rev. Monsignor Ronald Royer has been a well-known part of the fabric of the local astronomical community in southern california for many years. He is a prolific contributer to the hobby and has been recognized for his achievements by recieving the 2001 G. Bruce Blair Award from the Western Astronomical Association. On the occasion of his retirement he has moved his home and telescope to become neighbor with John Sanford (long-term president of the OCA) up in Springville, CA. This presentation will be filled with information about the new Royer Oaks Observatory and is sure to include much information that will be of interest to everyone.


Rev. Monsignor Ronald E. Royer


Born 1932 and baptized at St. Monica's Church, Santa Monica, CA.
Graduated St. Monica's Grammar school, 1946.
Graduated Archdiocesan High School Seminary, Los Angeles, and finished building my first large telescope, 1950.
Graduated from St. John's Seminary College, 1954.
Our family traveled Europe the summer of 1956.
Ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, May 1, 1958.

Assignments as Associate Pastor, St. Hilary, Pico Rivera, 58-64; St. Joseph, Hawthorne, 64-70; St Frances of Rome, Azusa, 70-76; St. Pancratius, Lakewood, 1976 to present. Became second Pastor of St. Pancratius Church and School in 1983, and Monsignor in 1992. Pastor Emeritus of St. Pancratius July 1, 2002, and retired to Royer Oaks home with Mom near Springville, California for dark sky viewing, and church ministry under the Porterville Pastor. My astrophotos are published worldwide and extensively by Science Photo Library of London, England. I monitor variable stars for AAVSO, NASA and satellites from my observatory in our schoolyard at St. Pancratius, and at Ford Observatory near Wrightwood. God has blessed me with a very fulfilling life, in part due to the solid training of the priests and sisters of St. Monica's Parish, and a stable family of good values.


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