FR. FELIX MEDINA-ALGABA, PASTOR
My name is Fr. Felix, and I am the pastor (literally, "shepherd") at Queen of Peace. As pastor, I am the spiritual "father" of our parish family. As a father, I give my life for my children and I form children of God, by teaching and leading them to stay with Christ, and to receive the Holy Spirit. I am honored and blessed to coordinate a wonderful team of brothers and sisters in love with Christ and with his Church.
My family lives in Spain. I am the oldest of two boys. I have four nephews. Growing up, I never thought of becoming a priest. I studied science. I earned a Licentiate Degree in Mathematics at the University of Salamanca, Spain. But God is crazy in love with me, and when I was already gone and far away from the Church, He reached out to me. He put the Neocatechumenal Way (a post-baptismal catechumenate for youth and adults lived in small Christian communities within the parishes) in my life, which helped me to discover God's love for me in my many sins. That experience of immense love, mercy and forgiveness healed my many interior wounds, so I reconsidered everything I ever planned and wanted for my life.
At World Youth Day 1993 in Denver, through the ministry of Pope St. John Paul II, I heard for the first time that God was calling me to leave everything and be a missionary priest. I left my career as a scientist and arrived to Denver in 1996 to join Redemptoris Mater Archdiocesan Missionary Seminary. I did missionary work in Micronesia from 2001 to 2003. I was ordained as a priest of the Archdiocese of Denver in 2004. I truly love that the Catholic Church is a missionary church, and that at Queen of Peace, I am learning with many brothers and sisters to become "missionary disciples" of Christ.