Speakers

Father Miguel A. González

Fr. Miguel A. González is currently the Rector of St. James Cathedral, and the Vicar for Priests of the Diocese of Orlando.
Fr. Miguel was ordained to the priesthood for the Diocese of Orlando on May 23, 1998. He first served as parochial vicar at St. James Cathedral Church, Orlando, and was transferred to St. John Vianney Parish in the fall of 2000. Four years later, on December 15, 2004 Bishop Thomas Wenski named Fr. Miguel full time Director of Vocations for the Diocese of Orlando. In March of 2011, after seven successful years as the Vocations Director, Bishop John Noonan named him Parish Administrator
and later Pastor of St. John Vianney Parish. In early October of 2016, Bishop Noonan named him Administrator of St. James Cathedral Parish. He was appointed Rector of St. James July 1, 2017.
In addition to his priestly duties, Fr. Miguel is the spiritual advisor to the Orlando Council of Catholic Women and enjoys games of dominos, cooking and visiting the area’s theme parks.
Prior to becoming a priest for the Diocese of Orlando, Fr. Gonzalez worked as an on-air personality and music program director for a commercial Spanish music radio station in Orlando, Florida.

Father Benjamin Lehnertz

Father Benjamin Lehnertz was born into military family and has lived in eight  states. His passion for baseball would only be eventually outdone by his love for Jesus and the Church. He first heard the call to the priesthood when he was involved in youth ministry as a high-school student at Holy Name of Jesus in Indialantic. After two years of college at Ball State University he was accepted by the Diocese of Orlando and in 2005 was sent to St John Vianney College Seminary in Miami. After graduating with a bachelor’s degree in philosophy he was promoted to St Vincent de Paul Regional Seminary for a master’s degree in divinity. He was ordained a priest on May 25th 2013  and was first assigned to Annunciation in Altamonte Springs. Since 2015 he has served as associate pastor at Holy Family in Orlando. There he has worked together with his parishioners and staff to start a ministry for enriching marriages and revamping the marriage preparation process. Together they also have produced a new adult faith formation program called Transmission. For the past year-and-a-half Father Benjamin has been a part of the Diocese of Orlando Vocations Office, preaching vocations missions at different parishes in the Orlando area and facilitating discernment groups. He still loves youth ministry, athletics, music, cooking, and spending quality time with his family and friends.

Mel Martinez

As Castro’s revolution secured power, Catholic schools were closed and Mel left Cuba to begin his life in
the United States through the auspices of Catholic Charities in a program that came to be known as Operation Pedro Pan. Msgr. Brian Walsh and Operation Pedro Pan helped over 14,000 Cuban children relocate. Mel rose to be elected as the first Cuban-American to serve in the United States Senate. During his term, he served on several committees including Armed Services; Foreign Relations; Banking, Housing & Urban Affairs; Energy and Natural Resources; Commerce, Science and Transportation; and the Special Committee on Aging. He also served as General Chairman of the Republican National
Committee in 2008.
Prior to his time in the Senate, President George W. Bush appointed Senator Martinez as the 12 th Secretary of the United States Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD). In 1998, he was elected as Mayor of Orange County (Orlando, FL) and before beginning his public service, he practiced law for 25 years. He received both his B.S. and J.D. degrees from Florida State University.
He currently serves as Chairman of the Southeast & Latin America for JPMorgan Chase & Co. and is on
the boards of Marriott Vacations Worldwide as Lead Director and NVR, Inc., and is a member of the Order of Malta and the local Legatus chapter. Senator Martinez has also received numerous awards and recognitions, among them the Order of St. Gregory, the Department of the Navy’s Distinguished Public Service Award and Ohtli Silver Medal from the Government of Mexico. In 2008, Senator Martinez published A Sense of Belonging; From Castro’s Cuba to the U.S. Senate, One Man’s
Pursuit of the American Dream, the story of his departure from Cuba and his assimilation into American life.
Mel and his wife, Kitty, reside in Winter Park, Florida, and are active members of St. James Cathedral
Parish. They have three children and five grandchildren.

Father Juan Osorno

Father Juan Manuel Osorno was born and raised in Colombia. He has a degree in Business Administration from the Universidad de Antioquia, Colombia. Fr. Juan was ordained priest on May 27, 2017 and is currently serving at his first assignment as a Parochial Vicar at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Kissimmee Florida. He is an innate and gifted artist. For hobbies, he enjoys watching movies and conversing with people.

Father Carlos José Cabán-Vazquez

Father Carlos José Cabán-Vazquez, SDB is a member of the Salesians, a religious order founded in the nineteenth century who mission is to evangelize and educate young people, especially those who are poor and at risk, in the style of St. John Bosco.
Originally from Puerto Rico, Fr. Caban has studied and worked in his native country, the Dominican Republic, Italy, and most recently, the United States as the Parochial Administrator of St. John Vianney Catholic Church.