Name of Church Blessed Sacrament Mission

Address 5750 South Highway 1, Elk, CA 95432

Phone number (707) 877-3275


Mass times Saturday vigil, 4 p.m. Sunday, 10 a.m. (Traditional Latin Mass)

Confessions  by appointment

Names of priests Fr. Rob Torcynski, pastor. Father is from Tulsa, and he participated in the Great Books Program at the University of Kansas. He joined a Benedictine Abbey in Fontgombault, France, and then was proposed for the Carthusian life, which imitates the solitary life of the monks in the desert. He practiced this way of life for 28 years, most of that time in France, and left due mainly for health reasons.  He came to California and has served in a variety of roles in the Diocese of Santa Rosa; he is also pastor of St. Anthony Church of Mendocino, which is further north on the coast as you travel up Shoreline Highway.  To listen to him preach, visit:  To listen to him present a retreat on prayer, visit  

Elk also has a hermit priest in residence, Fr. Arsenius Anachoreta, who has been a monk for more than 40 years.

School No.

Fellow parishioners A handful of local residents and tourists.

Parking Park on the driveway up to the church.
Acoustics Fine.

Additional observations  Blessed Sacrament is a historic parish on the coast in Northern California.  It is part of the Diocese of Santa Rosa.  The church was built in 1896, and is the central historical feature to the town of Elk, which is home to a few hundred people.  The church today looks much like it did more than a century ago, including a traditional altar and many traditional statues.  The property overlooks the ocean.