Welcome To Our New Priests!
Fr. Dan Beeman – Pastor
Fr. Dan Beeman, an Oklahoma native, was ordained a priest on June 2, 2007. He comes to Our Lady of Mount Carmel from his most recent assignment at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Norfolk, VA. Fr. Beeman grew up in a Methodist family with two older brothers, and made his way to Virginia from Oklahoma when he attended the University of Richmond for his undergraduate degree. He entered the Catholic Church as a freshman while there. Fr. Beeman worked in private sector banking prior to entering seminary.
In addition to his duties as pastor here at OLMC, Fr. Beeman serves Bishop Knestout as Vicar for Catholic Mission and Identity for Catholic Schools, as Chairman of the Diocese of Richmond Priests’ Council, and serves on the College of Consultors for the Bishop.
Father Dan is excited to be in a vibrant community, to serve both parish and school, and to work with a great staff and priests here at Our Lady of Mount Carmel.
Fr. Miguel Melendez – Parochial Vicar
Fr. Melendez, a Virginia native from the South Western part of the state, comes to us after being ordained a priest on June 3, 2017 and serving as parochial vicar at Blessed Sacrament in Harrisonburg, VA for the past two years. Fr. Melendez grew up in a Catholic household and attributes his love for our Faith to this upbringing. Father went to the Coast Guard Academy with the idea of serving our country and doing something humanitarian, but started considering the priesthood his sophomore year. After finishing at the Academy and serving for five years in the Coast Guard, his vocation to the priesthood was affirmed and he entered seminary.
Fr. Miguel is excited to be at Our Lady of Mount Carmel, to continue to learn how to be a priest, and he is excited to get to know the people here and for all of us to get to know him as we walk together on a common journey toward the Lord. Fr. Miguel loves the water, loves to surf and is a big fan of seafood. Father is here for the whole community (both Spanish and English speaking).July 3, 2019 by Austin Farinholt in Community News