REV. FR. PEDRO CORDENO, JR., or Fr. Peter as he is fondly called was born in the Philippines on the 4th of July, 1960 to Catholic parents Pedro and Dominga Cordeno. He was Ordained to the Priesthood on September 7, 1985 in the Metropolitan Cathedral of the Archdiocese of Palo, Leyte, Philippines.
After serving for 20 years in the Philippines as Parochial Vicar and Pastor, Archbishop Thomas Wenski, who then was the Bishop of Orlando, in 2006 accepted him to be a priest in the Diocese of Orlando. On 16 April 2013, the Most Rev. John Noonan, the Bishop of Orlando, Incardinated him into the diocese. On September 26, 2014, he took an oath as Naturalized American Citizen.
Fr. Peter, prior to his assignment as Parochial Vicar at Holy Name of Jesus, served as the Parochial Administrator at St. Matthews Parish in Winter Haven, FL from August 1, 2014 to July 31, 2015, as Parochial Administrator at St. Maximilian Kolbe Parish, Orlando from July 1, 2013 to July 31, 2014; as Parochial Vicar at Holy Family Parish, Orlando from October 15, 2011 to June 30, 2013; Holy Cross Parish, Orlando from June 1, 2009 to October 14, 2011 and at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Rockledge, FL from September 1, 2006 to May 31, 2009.
Fr. Jeremiah is originally from Dunkirk, NY and moved to Ocala, FL with his family in 1983. While not being raised in any religion, he became a Pentecostal on his own as a teenager and converted to Catholicism in 1998. He attended Franciscan University in Steubenville, OH and Ave Maria College in Ypsilanti, MI, after which he attended St. Vincent de Paul Regional Seminary in Boynton Beach.
Together with Fr. Tony, he was ordained a priest in 2007 and served two years as parochial vicar of St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church in Winter Park and chaplain of Bishop Moore Catholic High School in Orlando. From 2009-2011, he did advanced studies in sacramental theology at the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas in Rome and then served for three years as an assistant professor of systematic theology at St. Vincent de Paul Regional Seminary. His hobbies include cinema, canoeing, aviation, reading, single malts and craft beer.
Bishop Noonan has transitioned him from serving as a professor at the major seminary to HNJ so that he can gain more experience in parish life.
Anthony Welle was born Dec. 2, 1962, in Detroit Lakes, Minn., the youngest of six children and grew up in Bismarck, ND. After high school, he earned a bachelor's degree in business administration from Moorhead State University.
In 1990, he entered St. John's Seminary in Collegeville, MN. During this time, he studied Scripture, history and archaeology in Egypt and Israel. He left the seminary in 1993 in serch of the possibility of starting a family.
He worked in Fargo, ND until 1995 when he moved to Florida. He obtained his real estate license and old time shares. then became a real estate appraiser in Orlando. He said that he continued to have the sense that God wanted him to do something else with his life. "During that time, I never felt I was doing what I was supposed to be doing," he said. One day while driving to a property, he said he "got the strong sense that I should be telling people the value of their souls, rather than how valuable their houses were." After much discernment and with everything he owned in his car, he entered mid-semester at St. Vincent de Paul' Seminary. "It felt like a piece of the puzzle fit together," Deacon Welle said. · He will celebrated his first Mass at St. Teresa in Titusville where he served his pastoral year. His second Mass was at his home parish, Blessed Sacrament in Clermont.
In 2007, Holy Name of Jesus was his first pastoral assignment as Associate Pastor. He became Parochial Administrator in 2010.
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