Fr. Chris Troxell celebrated his 25th anniversary of ordination at OLA with Fr. Charles Ramirez, Cardinal Roger Mahony, Bishop David O'Connell and the OLA worshiping community. The 5:30 p.m. Mass was followed by a festive reception for 300, with Mexican dinner, mariachis, and a singing performance by Father Chris himself. View his Anniversary Memory Book, with photos and a detailed biography below.
Fr. Chris Troxell was assigned to Our Lady of the Assumption as associate pastor July 1, 2009. Fr. Chris came to us from Immaculate Conception Church in Monrovia, where he had been serving with Fr. Charles Ramirez. Coming to OLA was a “homecoming” for Fr. Chris. He attended Mass here while in high school at Webb School, graduating in 1980. He then graduated from UC Santa Cruz with a bachelor’s degree in Latin American Studies. Afterwards, while studying at St. John’s Seminary in Camarillo, the OLA rectory became his “home away from home.” Monsignor Barry vested Fr. Chris with the stole and chasuble at his ordination to the priesthood on June 13, 1992, and the very next day Fr. Chris celebrated his first Mass right here at OLA, at the eleven o’clock Mass.
Fr. Chris has family in the parish. His mother, Clare Troxell, has been an OLA parishioner for over thirty years and at one time worked in the rectory, cooking for the priests. His twin brother and sister-in-law, Cameron and Barbara Troxell, are active in Marriage Encounter and, lead the eleven o’clock contemporary ensemble.
Fr. Chris’s previous assignments include Our Lady of the Rosary, Paramount, and All Souls, Alhambra.
What he most enjoys about being a priest is hearing confessions. “It never ceases to amaze me that with a simple gesture and some simple words, a person’s sins can be wiped away,” he says. He also enjoys prayer, getting together with friends, taking walks, surfing the Internet, and reading about religion and history.