Our Servant

Fr. Kenneth J. Mateo Nelan, OPoc
(The Very Rev. Kenneth James Mateo (Mondragon) Nelan, OPoc)

Ordained Priest – 7 October 2001 under the American Catholic Churches in the United States

Current Faculties
The Old Catholic Churches International
~ Faculties under the Rt. Rev. Gregory W. Godsey, OSFoc – Presiding Bishop

Sacred Wandering
~ Director/Pastor of Sacred Wandering Pastoral Center
~ Director/Provider at Counseling at Sacred Wandering
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.  Though he has been given the title Monsignor, he prefers to be called – Father.  Often, he will introduce himself as – Kenn. 

Fr. Kenn is also a licensed psychotherapist and nationally certified, and serves the disenfranchised, marginalized, and other members of the community.

Religious Curriculum Vitae

Old Catholic Churches International
  • Placed under protection
  • Received as Presbyter
  • Pastor – Sacred Wandering Pastoral Center – Milwaukee
    • Primary ministry is offering psychological services to the underprivileged and marginalized. 
  • 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)
(Remaining under the Protection of the Companions of Sts. Francis and Dominic)

  • Pastor – St. Elizabeth Oratory, OCCA – Tuscon
  • Pastor – St. Elizabeth Oratory, OCCA – Milwaukee


1 Dec, 2010 – 15 July 2013
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
Under Bishop Kevin Crowell, OSF

  • Named Vicar General of the Order
    • Title of Monsignor conferred.
  • 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
Under Archbishop Lawrence J. Harms

  • 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

Seminarian for the Diocese of Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Under Archbishop George Niederauer
  • Sent to Sacred Heart School of Theology, Hales Corners, WI.
    • (See Education, Accredited)
1996 – 2000

Diocese of Salt Lake City, Utah
St. Francis of Assisi Parish, Provo

  • Personal Assistant to the Pastor
  • Outreach Coordinator for Migrant Workers

Special dispensation to function as a subdeacon given in June 1998 to assist pastor of St. Francis Parish

1993-1998 (Summers and Winters in seminary were spent at the parish)


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


Cardinal Stritch University – Fox Point, WI
  • Non-degree – Religious Studies / Priesthood Program
  • For the Diocese of Salt Lake City, Utah

(concurrent with SHST)



Hypnosis Certificate
  • Pesi: (Pending location of certificate)
25 March, 2018 ~ 24 Clock Hours
EMDR Certificate
  • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing
    • As taught by – Dr. Wendy Freitag
1 June, 2018 ~ 43 Clock Hours

Telehealth Certification

TeleMental Health Training Certificate (THTC)

  • Telehealth Certification Institute, LLC

Pezi: Joni Gilbertson, MA, NCC, LCPC, BC­TMH

  • Telehealth for Mental Health Professionals

25 March, 2020 ~ 23 Clock Hours


20 March, 2020 ~ 18.5 Clock Hours


Other Accreditations

National Board of Certified Counselors
as Nationally Certified Counselor
ID: 731253


TeleHealth Certification Institute
Certified Clinical Telemental Health Provider
Certification Number: 409740

Professional and Religious Memberships

American Psychological Association
ID: 24398592
Type: Associate

South Carolina Counseling Association
ID: 427
Type: Student
  • Association For Multicultural Counseling and Development
Wisconsin Counseling Association
ID: Kenneth J. Nelan
Type: Professional
American Association of Christian Counselors
ID: Rev. Kenneth J. Nelan, OPoc
Type: Student
  • Multicultural Division of AACC