Father Fernando Torres
Rev. Fernando Torres was born in the year 1960 in Bogotá, Columbia. He graduated from Minor Seminary in 1978. After graduating he attended the Major Seminary from 1979-1985 at the Archdiocese of Bogotá, Columbia. On November 23, 1985 he was ordained to the priesthood. Fr. Fernando served in the Archdiocese of Bogotá until he moved to the Diocese of Raleigh, North Carolina, on November 15, His assignments include:
1995-1997: St. Frances of Sales, Lumberton (Parochial Vicar) Serving the communities of St. Andrew’s in Red Springs and St. Elizabeth of Hungry in Raeford.
1997-2001: St. Mary’s, Mount Olive (Pastoral Administrator)
2001-2006: Diocese of Raleigh (Vicar for Hispanics)
2006-2010: Immaculate Conception, Clinton (Pastor)
2010- : St. Bernadette Catholic Church, Fuquay-Varina (Pastor)
During this time Fernando has been writing articles for the North Carolina Catholic Magazine and also producing the “La Voz Católica” a radio station for the diocese.
Fr. Fernando’s parents and four sisters live in Bogotá, Columbia.
Father Michael Coveyou was ordained by the Most Reverend Bishop Luis Rafael Zarama, Bishop of Raleigh, on June 23 2018 at Holy Name of Jesus Cathedral.
Father Mike studied 5 years at Pope St. John XXIII Seminary in Weston, MA – a great seminary for people working on a second vocation.
Originally from Michigan, he grew up on a farm where his dad grew different types of grains and has called NC his home since 1995. Before entering the seminary, he worked in the telecommunications software field and designed computer software to manage phone network switching systems.
Father Mike is not the typical seminarian, since he is also a father and single parent of two children. Both of his sons are in college now.
Below are some picture highlights from the Mass of Ordination (Holy Orders).
Father Michael Coveyou
Deacon Charles Zlmal
Deacon Charles “Chuck” Zlmal was born in Washington DC, in September of 1965, and grew up in the Maryland and Northern Virginia areas. He moved to North Carolina ten years ago after having lived in Minnesota for six years, with his wife Sharon, during which time, his twin daughters Sarah and Abby were born. He has one brother who lives in Charlotte North Carolina. Deacon Chuck was ordained in June of 2014 in the Raleigh Diocese, after having spent five years in the formation program for the Permanent Diaconate. He is a full time professional computer nerd, and also enjoys ham radio and fishing as his hobbies. Prior to becoming a Deacon, he was a parishioner at Saint Bernadette since moving to North Carolina, and has a deep affection for his Church family.