St. Michael’s Clergy
Father Terry Kissell
(Assigned to St. Michael’s Parish, June 2010 by the Archbishop)
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. Previously, Fr. Terry was the Pastor at Our Lady Mother of the Church in Commerce City for 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 “East Deanery”.
(Assigned to St. Michael’s Parish, July 2022 by the Archbishop)
Fr. Felipe was born and raised in a suburb of Brasilia, the capital of Brazil. He is the only child of a single mother, and the 4th of his father. Even if his father was not at the house, he tried to be present as much as possible. His mother always taught him the importance of going to Church, and he participated in different groups in his parish. During his adolescence, he had a foot in the Church and a foot in the world. When he was 18, a friend invited him to a series of catechesis for Youth and Adults in his parish, where he heard that he was not abandoned and that God cared for him (even if he was a mess). He joined a Neocatechumenal community in his parish, where he started an ongoing itinerary to rediscover his Baptism, step by step. Through this little community of normal brothers and sisters, God started a revolution in his life. In 2012, during a retreat in Brazil, he was finishing college, dating a girl from his parish, and already considering marriage, but he felt the Lord calling him to a different vocation. After some resistance, he accepted the Lord’s invitation out of gratitude. During another retreat with aspiring seminarians, he was sent by lottery to be formed as a priest at the Redemptoris Mater Archdiocesan Missionary Seminary of Denver. He arrived in Denver in March 2013, and after 6 years of studies, one year of mission in the Holy Land, and two years of mission in between Alabama and Bermuda, he was ordained a priest on May 14, 2022.
Fr. Felipe feels Christ has given him the opportunity to have a new life by welcoming the announcement of the Good News, and he is grateful that Christ has called him to bring to others the announcement that has been changing his life, so that others may encounter Christ as He encountered Fr. Felipe.
Deacon Christopher Pomrening
Deacon Christopher Martin Pomrening was ordained on June 25, 2011 in the Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception in Denver. He and his wife, Guadalupe have five children and two grandchildren. He is a branch manager for the CR Laurence Co., Inc. Deacon Pomrening was attracted to the diaconate when he saw a group of men who had dedicated their lives to something so much larger than themselves and what outstanding people they were. They became a model of Christ that he could relate to because of the great commonality of experience that they shared. He also had a strong sense of being called to the diaconate through teaching religious education to high school age young people. Deacon Pomrening also is a licensed pilot and a certified flight instructor.
Deacon Greg Perzinski
Deacon Greg was ordained in June of 2017. He and his wife Amber have been married since June of 2000 and live in Aurora with their six children. He is an Operations Manager for a construction engineering company in Centennial and currently is serving the Heather Gardens and St. Michael the Archangel communities in his ministry. His road to the Diaconate began when a permanent deacon prepared him and Amber for the baptism of their oldest daughter.