We are blessed to welcome Fr. Josh Swallows back home to Most Precious Blood! Our parish has had a wonderful history with Fr. Josh as we prayed and journeyed with him on his path to ordination as a priest. In 2008 he responded to his calling to the priesthood and entered seminary. On May 23rd, 2015 many of our parish family went to his ordination at St. James Catherdral and for the first time in our parish history we lived streamed the ordination in our Parish Life Center. Fr. Josh also serves as the Director of Vocations for the Diocese of Orlando and chaplain for Catholic Campus Minsitry just down the road at UCF. We are blessed to see how the Holy Spirit continues to inpsire and guide Fr. Josh as he now shepherds our parish!
Fr. Josh grew up in nearby Casselberry, Florida. He graduated from Lake Howell High School and then Florida State University with a degree in Economics. It was while there at Florida State that he first became really involved in campus ministry as a student leader. After graduation, he returned home and actually served as the lay Campus Minister at CCM from 2004-2008.
In his free time, he enjoys fishing. Actually, that is an understatement. He is addicted to fishing. He has a small bass boat and on his day off, almost every week, he can probably be found out on the St. Johns River or some other local waterway.
Fr. Glenn Lopez was ordained on December 9, 1989 in the Philippines as a member of the religious missionary congregation called Society of the Divine Word or SVD (Societas Verbi Divini). From 1990-2004 he ministered in various capacities in the Philippines as a seminary formator, college campus minister, director of the SVD Secretariat for Human Development and parochial vicar in the Archdiocese of Manila. The calling to minister to the sick brought him to the United States in 2005. Since that time until November of 2016 he worked as a hospital chaplain in Washington State (Lourdes Health Network in Pasco) and Los Angeles, California (Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center in San Pedro and Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in Panorama City). In November of 2016, he joined the Diocese of Orlando in Florida and worked as parochial vicar at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Lakeland until his official transfer to Most Precious Blood Catholic Church in Oviedo on June 1, 2019 as parochial vicar.