The Theatine Fathers have served the Montelores Catholic Community since 2005. They reside in Cortez in the building next to the parish office.
Rev. Patrick Valdez, C.R. is currently the Pastor of the Montelores Catholic Community.
The Theatine Order of priests was founded by Saint Cajetan (Gaetano dei Conti di Tiene) and several of his companions in the sixteenth century. They consecrated the order to the Cross. The foundation took place on the feast of the Finding of the Holy Cross, May 3, 1524. It was approved on June 24 of that year, by Pope Clement VII. On September 14, feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross, St. Cajetan and his companions made solemn profession before the papal altar of St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome.
Theatine priests also serve other North American parishes in Durango, Ignacio, San Luis, Antonito, Ft. Collins, Pueblo and Denver Colorado, in Plattekill, NY, and in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico.