Fr. Klevence was born in Philadelphia, PA on December 28, 1956. Philly was the scene of elementary, secondary, and college seminary education. After studying theology and obtaining his degree from St. Mary Seminary in Baltimore, MD, he was ordained on February 9, 1985 for the Diocese of Wilmington. He has served in three parishes of the diocese as Associate Pastor and in four parishes as Pastor.
Having been on various diocesan committees, he is presently serving as the Spiritual Director for the Society of St. Vincent de Paul.
Fr. Castelow is the oldest of six children, but it was really two families with the same parents. When the first three were about to enter their teenage years, the other three came along. He enjoyed it, as it gave him the opportunity to be a real big brother.
Born in Wilmington, he grew up in the Claymont area. After high school he worked for DP & L. After college graduation in 1976, he taught grade school at St. Elizabeth and Holy Rosary, and then worked as a child counselor for Catholic Charities in one of their group homes.
God patiently prepared him to enter the seminary a bit later in life. Father Ralph was ordained in 1989 and has served in a number of parishes in Delaware and on the Eastern Shore. His first assignment was with Fr. Klevence at Our Lady of Fatima.
Deacon Jack was ordained in May, 1980 in the Wilmington Diocese. He was assigned to his parish, Our Lady of Fatima, in New Castle. Jack also served in St. Mary of the Assumption in Hockessan, DE.
Jack and his wife, Marie, retired to Ocean View in 2007 and he began ministering at St. Ann’s in Baptisms, Marriage Prep, Catechesis, as well as liturgy and homilies.
In 1984, Deacon Dennis was ordained a permanent Deacon in the Baltimore Diocese. His anniversary is in the month of September on the Feast of Our Lady of Sorrows. Dennis was employed as a hospital pharmaceutical salesman for Roche Labs and retired in 2000. He and his wife, Denise, have two sons and two daughters. Dennis’ major involvement at St. Ann includes founding the Friday morning Bible Study, being leader of Prayer Group and supporting ministries which include liturgies, weddings, funerals and Communion to the sick and home-bound.
Deacon Mike comes to Delaware from Sparta, New Jersey and the Diocese of Paterson. Mike is a retired human resources executive and a former adjunct professor in the undergraduate and graduate programs at Felician and Centenary Colleges. Pat, his wife, is retired from working on parish staff and from administration for a division of Paterson’s Catholic Charities. They have a daughter and two grandchildren living in Texas and a son who is a teacher and fencing coach at a catholic high school in New Jersey.
Mike was ordained to the Permanent Diaconate in May 2005. He served as deacon at Saint Kateri Tekakwitha Parish in Sparta, NJ and later at Our Lady of the Valley Parish in Wayne, NJ. His ministries have included: support to the various parish committees, liturgies, weddings, funerals, wake services, and preparation for engaged couples.
Deacon Rich was ordained a Permanent Deacon in June of 2011 for the Archdiocese of New York. He was assigned to his home parish of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton Church in Shrub Oak, NY and served there until moving to Delaware.
Rich and his wife, Helen, permanently moved to Delaware from New York in March of 2016. They have a son, Jason, in the US Navy whose home port is Norfolk, Virginia and a daughter, Danielle, a special education elementary school teacher in New York. Both are married. Rich and Helen have five grandchildren.
Ministry to the Spanish-Speaking Community:
Fr. Johnny Laura-Lazo
Born in Peru on March 2, 1965, Fr. Laura-Lazo has seven brothers and sisters. After deciding to become a priest, he began seminary studies in Peru. The Bishop then sent him to Columbia to study Theology. Ordination was on December 17, 1994 in Huancayo, Peru.
After coming to the United States, he was named a pastor for eight years in different communities in San Francisco. St. Francis in Salisbury was his next assignment, then St. Elizabeth in Dover and now he ministers to the Spanish-language community at Our Lady of Guadalupe. He also assists the pastor at St. John the Apostle in Milford.
Molly Roach, Director, Religious Education
Mario Robles, Coordinator, Spanish-Language Catechetics