Father Antonio

The Rev. Antonio Illas was born in Aguadilla, Puerto Rico.  He was raised in Puerto Rico but lived in New York and Chicago as a child.  Fr. Antonio completed his high school in Hartford, Connecticut and graduated from Central Connecticut University with a BA in History.

Upon graduation from high school Fr. Antonio enlisted in the Connecticut Army National Guard where he served for eight years and was honorably discharged as a Sergeant in August 1992.

In 1988 Fr. Antonio began a federal career as a special agent with the U.S. Government.  During his career he worked for four different federal agencies and retired after 25 years of service.

In November 1989 Fr. Antonio married Cela Tecamachaltzi Campos in New York City.  Their daughter, Lizette Tanairí, was born in Hartford, Connecticut.

During his mid 30s Fr. Antonio felt a calling to ordained ministry in the Church.  After much prayer and considering the talents and abilities God had given him he entered seminary.

In preparation for Sacred Orders in the Church, Fr. Antonio completed a Master of Divinity at the Evangelical Seminary of Puerto Rico in San Juan, Puerto Rico and a Certificate in Anglican Studies at the Puerto Rican Episcopal Church – Diocese of Puerto Rico – Saint Peter and Saint Paul Seminary.

In August 2003, as a seminarian Fr. Antonio returned to military service; he joined the U.S. Naval Reserve as a chaplain candidate.   He currently serves as a chaplain in the U.S. Army Reserve.  During Fr. Antonio’s chaplaincy ministry he has served in a humanitarian mission to Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic (Beyond the Horizon 2009) and has been deployed to Kosovo under Operation Enduring Freedom (2010-2011).  Fr. Antonio has been blessed to serve and facilitate for the spiritual and religious needs of the men and women in uniform that so proudly serve this country.

In 2010 Fr. Antonio became a Postulant in the Puerto Rican Episcopal Church – Diocese of Puerto Rico, and was ordained to the Sacred Order of Deacon in June 2012.  On January 20, 2013, he was ordained to the Sacred Order of Priest.

Fr. Antonio has previously served as supply clergy with a license in the Diocese of Olympia; as a vicar and priest-in-charge in the Diocese of West Texas in Raymondville and San Benito respectively, on the Mexico-United States border and as supply clergy in the Diocese of the Southeast – Diócesis del Sureste in the Anglican Church of Mexico – Iglesia Anglicana de México.

Fr. Antonio began his call as priest-in-charge of St. Matthew – San Mateo in June 2016.

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