Father Terry Kissell (Joined St. Michael's in June 2010)
Our Pastor, Rev. Terrence Kissell. Fr. Terry, as he is known, was born in 1951 in Denver, Colorado, the son of Joseph and Mary Kissell (both deceased). He has two sisters and three brothers, two of whom reside in Colorado, as well as a number of nieces, nephews and grandnephews! Fr. Terry graduated from St. Francis De Sales High School in Denver in 1969 and received his BA from Metropolitan State College where he majored in psychology, speech pathology, and audiology. He is a graduate of the University of Colorado – Denver campus where he earned an MBA. He studied for the priesthood at St. Thomas Seminary in Denver and was ordained as a priest on June 3, 1978. He has served as pastor or as an assistant, at a number of churches in the Archdiocese of Denver. Fr. Terry has been the Pastor at Our Lady Mother of the Church in Commerce City for the past 13 years. His administrative experience helped the financial position and beautification of the parish, including the installation of their beautiful stained glass window and the remodeling of the Church Sanctuary.Fr. Terry demonstrated a wonderful gift in working with the youth of Our Lady Mother of the Church parish, preparing them spiritually for their sacraments, involving them in community service projects and community events, and helping them to grow in their faith. He has a love of music, plays the guitar and the piano, and enjoys composing music for both instruments. He has recorded many CD’s and enjoys sharing his music with family and friends.He is fluent in Spanish and, although he began his study of the language in Colorado, he lived and studied in Mexico where he truly learned the language and the culture. In either language - English or Spanish - Fr. Terry is articulate and well- spoken and he believes in the positive power of open communication with the members of the parishes that he serves. Fr. Terry is serving as the Dean of the "Aurora Deanery".
(Joined St. Micharel's in June 2016)
Fr Warli Castro was born in 1981 in Campina Grande in the north east part of Brazil, but he was raised in Brasilia, the capital of Brazil. Since a young age, he saw how the priests give their entire lives to the service of the Lord, and was very much attracted to that. As he grew-up, Fr. Warli put aside the call, but it was always there dormant in his heart and, in 2002, in his Neocatechumenal community in Brazil he felt the call of the Lord again. Fr. Warli's parents always supported him and encouraged him throughout his life regarding the call to the priesthood. Fr. Warli also found very strong support from his Neocatechumenal community in Brazil. The people in that community helped him tremendously with prayers and also taking care of Fr. Warli spiritually.Before coming to the Redemptoris Mater seminary, Fr. Warli earned a degree in Electronics from the Escola Tecnica de Brasilia and worked in a multinational company in the area of Telecommunications. He was ordained on May 17, 2014.Fr. Warli looks forward to serving the people of St. Michael's in whatever capacity that he can, and to announcing the Love of God for God’s people. Fr. Warli's special gift is his enthusiasm to share the Good News of the Gospel with truth and passion. He likes to read, play the guitar, and listen to classic music, Gregorian chant, and some Brazilian music.
Fr. Warli likes this scripture passage because it summarizes in a way, his life, Philippians 3:13-14:
"Brethren, I do not regard myself as having laid hold of it
yet; but one thing I do
: forgetting what lies
behind and reaching forward to what lies
I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus."