Parish Clergy


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 five sisters live in Bogotá, Columbia.

Deacan Z

Deacon Charles “Chuck” Zlamal 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.