Our Servant

Fr. Kenneth J. Mateo Nelan, OPoc

Ordained as Priest – 7 October 2001
 

Current Faculties
The Old Catholic Churches International
~ The Rt. Rev. Gregory W. Godsey, Hon. D.D., OSFoc – Presiding Bishop
~~ Director/Pastor of Sacred Wandering Pastoral Center
~~ Vicar for the Diocese of St. Catherine of Siena
~~ Servant General for the Order of Preachers, Old Catholic
 
 
Holy Vows
~ The Order of the Servant Franciscans – 12 April 2008
~ Renewed December, 2010 under Companions of Saints Francis and Dominic
~ Lifetime Vows June 6, 2014 under Order of Preachers, Old Catholic

Fr. Kenn’s discernment process began when he was a child and was accepted into the Diocese of Orange County to attend Seminary High School, however his father challenged him to attend a public school. After attending public school, Fr. Kenn left the religious world and entered the secular till at last he reengaged with his calling in the mid 1990’s. He attended Cardinal Stritch University and Sacred Heart School of Theology from 1996 through 2000 for the Diocese of Salt Lake City, but left the Roman seminary for something more – pastoral.

In 2001, Fr. Kenn found, investigated, and was ordained in the American Catholic Church in the United States, but only after he and his soon-to-be wife built and served at an independent Catholic community in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. There they served the disenfranchised for 3 years before transferring the parish into the capable hands of one of his fellow priests.  Fr. Kenn and his wife moved to Arizona in 2004 where they both founded and served a special “in-the-field” mission parish that continued the spirit of healing, teaching, and ministering to those in need while also serving a more migrant population; however, he left the ACCUS after much prayer and careful discernment.  In August of 2007, Fr. Kenn entered an autonomous Franciscan order to more closely follow a path of Holistic Spirituality and in February of 2008 he professed vows. Later that same year, Fr. Kenn began a discernment process trying to understand where God was leading him and in 2010 he applied to, and was accepted into the Companions of Saints Francis and Dominic – healers and preachers.  In the early half of 2011 Fr. Kenn and his wife moved back to Wisconsin where they continue serving the people of God.  At that time, Fr. Kenn felt called to a greater ministerial need and applied to, and was accepted into the Old Catholic Churches and the Order of Preachers, Old Catholic where he still serves today. He often says that before finding the OCCI he was living in hostels, but now he has found a home.

Fr. Kenn is also a licensed psychotherapist and nationally certified.

Religious Curriculum Vitae

Old Catholic Churches International
  • Placed under protection
  • Received as Presbyter
  • Pastor – Sacred Wandering Pastoral Center – Milwaukee
  • Named Vicar to the Diocese of St. Catherine of Siena

Order of Preachers, Old Catholic (Under the OCCI)

  • Solemn Vows – Life
  • Voted as Servant General of the OPoc
 
15 Oct, 2013
19 Mar, 2014
19 Mar, 2014 – Present
25 Aug, 2014 – Present

 

 
6 June 2014 – Present
24 Sept, 2014 – Present

American Old Catholic Church (OCCA)
  • Pastor – St. Elizabeth Oratory, OCCA – Tuscon
  • Pastor – St. Elizabeth Oratory, OCCA – Milwaukee
1 Dec, 2010 – 15 July 2011
1 Aug, 2011 – Current
Discernment Sabbatical – Under the protection of the Companions of Sts. Francis and Dominic Sept 2009 – 1 Dec 2010
Order of the Servant Franciscans
  • Named Vicar General of the order
  • Pastor – Prince of Peace, OSF – Tucson
1 Nov 2007 – 5 Aug 2009
20 July 2007 – 5 Aug 2009
American Catholic Church in the United States
  • Pastor – St. Joseph the Worker, ACCUS – Milwaukee
  • Vicar of Wisconsin – Province of St. Luke
    • Appointed to the Archbishop’s council
    • Named as Monsignor to the Archbishop
  • Pastor – Christ Our Light, ACCUS – Tucson
  • Named Vicar of the Province of St. Francis of Assisi
7 Oct 2001 – 14 May 2004
1 Jan 2002 – 14 may 2004
14 May 2004 – 19 July 2007
Sacred Heart School of Theology – Hales Corners, WI
  • Non-Degree – Religious Studies/Theology
  • For the Diocese of Salt Lake City, Utah
1996 – 2000
CardinalStritch University – Fox Point, WI
  • Non-degree – Religious Studies / Priesthood Program
  • For the Diocese of Salt Lake City, Utah
1996-1998 (2 years concurrent at SHST)

 

Education (Accredited)

UW-Milwaukee (Graduate)
  • Major – Educational Psychology
    • Emphasis on Community Counseling
Fall 2014 – Current
UW- Milwaukee (Undergraduate)
  • Major – Latin American, Caribbean, and U.S. Latino Studies
  • Minor – Community Engagement and Education
  • Certificate – Latin American and Caribbean Studies

GPA – 3.82 Graduated with Honors – Summa Cum Laude

Board of Trustees appointment for interim SA Government
Golden Key International Honours Society
Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society

Fall 2012 – Summer 2014
Pima Community College
  • General Studies and Continuing Education
    (Studies concurrent with employment: adjunct teacher of Business Management for Massage Professionals, 2006 – 2009)
2007 – 2009
Sacred Heart School of Theology – Hales Corners, WI
  • Non-Degree – Religious Studies/Theology
  • For the Diocese of Salt Lake City, Utah
1996 – 2000
CardinalStritch University – Fox Point, WI
  • Non-degree – Religious Studies / Priesthood Program
  • For the Diocese of Salt Lake City, Utah
1996-1998
(concurrent with SHST)

 

Education (Continuing & Accredited)

American Counseling Association
  • Gatekeeping in Counselor Education Programs: An Examination of Current Trends
  • Multicultural Counseling Competencies: Extending Multicultural Training Paradigms Toward Globalization
30 Aug, 2014 ~ 1 Clock Hour
23 Oct, 2014 ~ 1 Clock Hour
Darkness to Light
  • Stewards of Children Online Training
    • Training completed for:
      • International Old Catholic Churches
      • Order of Preachers, Old Catholic
      • National Board for Certified Counselors
8 Mar, 2014 ~ 2 Contact Hours

Certifications

National Board of Certified Counselors
ID: 731253

Professional and Religious Memberships

American Counseling Association
ID: 6405714
Type: Student
Divisions:
  • Association for Multicultural Counseling and Development (AMCD)
  • Association for Spiritual, Ethical, and Religious Values in Counseling (ASERVIC)
South Carolina Counseling Association
ID: 427
Type: Student
Divisions:
  • Association For Multicultural Counseling and DevelopmentMajor – Latin American, Caribbean, and U.S. Latino Studies
Wisconsin Counseling Association
ID: Kenneth J. Nelan
Type: Professional
American Association of Christian Counselors
ID: Rev. Kenneth J. Nelan, OPoc
Type: Student
Divisions:
  • Multicultural Division of AACC