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.
Rev. Lance Martin
My journey to the Catholic Church has taken me down many exciting paths. You will hear me incorporate those experiences into my homilies. After converting to the Church as a child, my faith journey has taken me to different countries, different states and several different parishes within the Diocese of Wilmington. Though I was never assigned here at St. Ann, I feel like it is a kind of homecoming. Just last week, as I entered St. Ann Church for daily Mass, I saw a man and woman from prior parish assignments. For me, nothing resonates more powerfully to how the Catholic Church is “one, holy, catholic and apostolic”, than to see fellow Catholics go to Mass while on vacation.
As the weeks progress during the summer and beyond, I especially look forward to helping with Religious Education and leading Spiritual Retreats. I am hoping to get to know each and every one of you, as we build up Christ’s church here in Bethany Beach, Delaware.
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. His wife, Denise, died last year. They 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 married son and grandson living 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-Language 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