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Chaplain for Latino/x Ministries - The Rev. Mario Melendez 

The Rev. (Padre) Mario Meléndez helps the Diocese of Southern Virginia determine communities where Latino/x ministry needs exist and assist in developing those ministries. Congregations and those seeking to implement or expand the ministry to the Latino/x community can reach Padre Mario for information and resources. He also invites everyone to join him in prayer discerning the will of God for this ministry.  

You can follow Padre Mario via his virtual ministry Coffee with Padre Mario on:  

 

Facebook @CoffeeWithPadreMario  

Instagram  @coffeewithpadremario 

YouTube @coffeewithpadremario  

Twitter  @coffeePaMario  

TikTok @coffeewithpadremario  

Padre Mario was born and raised in Puerto Rico. He was received into the Episcopal Church as an undergraduate in Religious Studies at Purdue University. He went to seminary at Boston University School of Theology, graduating with a Master of Theological Studies. After graduation, he was ordained to the priesthood in the Anglican Church of Canada and served in the Diocese of Western Newfoundland. He is married to his beloved Catherine, a Nurse Coordinator for the Hemostasis and Thrombosis Center at Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters in Norfolk, VA. They have a baby named Thomas and a cardigan-welsh corgi named Ripley.  

In addition to his diocesan role, Padre Mario is also the Episcopal chaplain and co-pastor at the Church of the Holy Apostles, Virginia Beach, an Episcopal and Roman Catholic ecumenical community recognized by both the Episcopal Diocese of Southern Virginia and the Catholic Diocese of Richmond.