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.
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.
Msgr. Page attended Mungret College in Limerick and completed his theological studies at St. Kieran’s College, Kilkenny, Ireland. After being ordained in 1958 he was sent to be a missionary in Florida.
St. Petersburg was his first stop, where he served as Assistant Pastor of St. John’s Parish and taught a Bishop Barry High School. The following year, he transferred to Christ the King Parish and Bishop Kenny High School in Jacksonville.
In 1962, he earned an M.A. in U.S. History at Catholic University of America in Washington D.C. before becoming Vice President of Father Lopez High School in Daytona Beach. While teaching there, Msgr. Page founded Epiphany Parish in Port Orange, where he served as pastor until 1966 when he was transferred to St. Mary Magdalen in Altamonte Springs. Just before his transfer, Msgr. Page became editor of the Florida Catholic, a position he would hold from 1965-1990. While editor of the Florida Catholic, Msgr.Page was also Pastor at three different parishes.
At the first of those parishes, St. Mary Magdalen, Msgr. Page constructed a convent to house a small religious community, a new Parish Hall and rectory. During his 6 years at St. Mary Magdalen he also expanded the school and instituted a guitar folk-Mass held at high noon that quickly became one of the most popular masses in his area.
In 1972, Msgr. Page was transferred to St. James Cathedral in Orlando. While there, Msgr. Page constructed the Parish Center, which functions much like the Parish Life Center at Holy Name. The people of St. James Cathedral enjoyed the privilege of having Msgr. Page for 15 years before he was transferred to Holy Name of Jesus in 1987.
It was this attitude along with his high level of energy, pastoral care, evangelization and organizational skills that helped Msgr. Page develop Holy Name into the magnificent parish it is today. Since being named pastor in 1987, he inspired many ministries in our parish such as our Pre-school center, Thrift Store, Counseling Center, Men’s Group, Alzheimer’s Support, Aids Ministry, Respite and Care of the Elderly, Welcome Home, Parish Musicals, Medical Closet, Parish Stewardship, Education Endowment Fund, Small Church Communities, Christ Renews His Parish weekend retreats and parish tithing for the needy.
Msgr. Page will also be remembered for his devotion to interfaith outreach. While he was busy with all of the ministries at Holy Name, Msgr. Page found time to bring to our area Congregations for Community Action, an organization that helps people of all faiths take interest and action for the betterment of their communities. Msgr. Page also helped establish the Community of Hope, which provides transitional housing and other services to intact families who are suffering financially in Brevard County.
During his time at HNJ he also constructed many new buildings, including: our Community Center Complex, New Rectory, Child Development Center, Sports Pavilion, New School Wing for administration, Library, 12 additional classrooms, and our newly renovated, enlarged Church, gathering space, new Thrift Store, Athletic Center and Parish Life Center.
In 2008, Msgr. Page received the fitting honorary title of monsignor. In 2010, Msgr. Page semi-retired but he continues to support our vibrant parish in the name of the Lord.
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