Our Servant

Fr. Kenneth J Nelan, osfc

Fr. Kenn has served as co-founder and co-director of Sacred Wandering since , and is the pastoral representative of the Pastoral Center at Sacred Wandering.

Fr. Kenn’s discernment process began when he was accepted into the Diocese of Orange County to attend Seminary High School. However, after attending a public high school, Fr. Kenn left the religious world and entered the secular till at last he reengaged with his calling in the mid 1990’s. Fr. Kenn served at a Franciscan parish in Utah for 2 years before being accepted as a seminarian for the Diocese of Salt Lake City. He attended Cardinal Stritch University and Sacred Heart School of Theology where he studied Pastoral Care and Counseling, as well as Theology and Pastoral Ethics, but left the Roman church in 2000.

In 2001, Fr. Kenn investigated and was ordained in the Independent Catholic tradition and began a community in the Greater Milwaukee area (Wisconsin). Together with his wife, they served the disenfranchised for 3 years and grew the community to over 30 families. Fr. Kenn and his wife moved to Arizona in 2004 at the behest of his Archbishop, 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. He and his wife were instrumental in building and teaching in the Wellness Education department at Pima Community College in Tucson, Arizona. He taught Business Management and several complementary/alternative healing courses, as well as assisted with the professionalism and ethics courses. In late 2007, Fr. Kenn joined and later professed lifetime vows in the Order of Servant Franciscans.

In the early half of 2011 Fr. Kenn and his wife moved back to Wisconsin. Fr. Kenn returned to the university setting where he received another bachelor’s degree in Latin American, Caribbean, and U.S. Latino Studies, with a minor in Community Engagement and Education, and a certificate in Latino Studies (sociology). He then pursued a Masters of Science in Educational Psychology with an emphasis in Community Counseling, Multicultural Counseling, and Trauma. During that time, Fr. Kenn served the people of God in an Old Catholic community until June of 2020. In October of 2020 Fr. Kenn was accepted into the UACC where he rejoined his Franciscan roots and enjoys a truly healthy community.

Fr. Kenn has always felt called to a greater ministerial need and works to serve all people equally under the teaching of the Christ, that we are to love all people as we love ourselves, serving ALL of God’s people. Following his heart, he returned to school for another degree in Educational Psychology with an emphasis in community counseling, and is now a nationally certified licensed professional counselor in the State of Wisconsin.  He continues to serve the all members of the community.

Religious Curriculum Vitae

  • Ordination
    • 7 October 2001
    • under the American Catholic Churches in the United States
      • Bishop Michael B. Norton, Hon D.D.
      • Assisted by Archbishop Lawrence J. Harms, Hon D.D.
      • Assisted by Bishop J.J. Johnson, D.D.
  • Current Faculties
    • The United American Catholic Church
      • The Most Rev. Anthony Hash, OSb, Presiding Bishop
  • Holy Vows
    • The Order of the Servant Franciscans – 12 April 2008 – 2011
    • Renewed December, 2010 under Companions of Saints Francis and Dominic (CSFD) 2011 – 2014
    • Lifetime Vows 6 June, 2014 under the Order of Preachers, Old Catholic (OPoc) 2014 – 2020
    • Vows transferred to the Order of St.s Francis and Clare (osfc) 2020 – Present
October 7, 2020

United American Catholic Church

Licensed Clergy in Good Standing
Vocations Director
Servant at The Pastoral Center at Sacred Wandering – Milwaukee
Professed Member of the Order of Saints Francis and Clare

October 7, 2020
October 15, 2013

Old Catholic Churches International

Pastor – Sacred Wandering Pastoral Center – Milwaukee
Vicar for the Diocese of St. Catherine of Siena
Servant General for Order of Preachers, Old Catholic

October 15, 2013
December 1, 2010

American Old Catholic Church (Later the OCCA)

Pastor – St. Elizabeth Oratory – Tuscon
Pastor – St. Elizabeth Oratory – Milwaukee
Professed Member of the Order of Saints Francis and Dominic

December 1, 2010
November 1, 2007

Order of the Servant Franciscans

Vicar General of the Order
Pastor – Prince of Peace – Tucson

November 1, 2007
November 1, 2000

American Catholic Church in the United States

St. Joseph the Worker, ACCUS – Milwaukee
Vicar General of Wisconsin – Province of St. Luke
Appointed to the Archbishop’s Council
Named as Monsignor to the Archbishop
Named Vicar of the Province of St. Francis of Assisi
Pastor – Christ Our Light, ACCUS – Tucson

November 1, 2000
February 18, 1993

Diocese of Salt Lake City, Utah

Outreach Coordinator to Migrant Workers at St. Francis, Provo
Special dispensation to serve as subdeacon to assist the pastor
Cardinal Stritch University
Sacred Heart School of Theology, Hales Corners, WI.
(See Education, Accredited)

February 18, 1993

Education (Accredited)

Accredited InstitutionYears Attended /Graduated
University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee (Graduate)
Master of Science
Major – Educational Psychology
Emphasis on Community Counseling
Emphasis on Multicultural Counseling

Graduated with Honors – Summa Cum Laude
2014 – 2016
University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee (Undergraduate)
Bachelor of Arts
Major – Latin American, Caribbean, and U.S. Latino Studies
Minor – Community Engagement and Education
Certificate – Latin American Studies GPA

Graduated with Honors – Summa Cum Laude
Served on the Board of Trustees for interim SA Government
2012 – 2014
Pima Community College General Studies and Continuing Education
(Studies concurrent with employment: adjunct professor)
2007 – 2009
John XXIII Theological Institute – ACCUS
Major – Theology

Licentiate of Sacred Theology
2002 – 2005
Sacred Heart School of Theology (Hales Corners, WI)
Major – Pastoral Counseling
Separate Studies in Religious Studies
Separate Studies in Theology
1996 – 2000
Cardinal Stritch University (Fox Point, WI)
Religious Studies / Priesthood Program For the Diocese of Salt Lake City, Utah
(concurrent with SHST)

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