Fr. Nelson was ordained in 1957 in Rome, Italy, while finishing studies in theology. Fr. Nelson served in the Green Bay diocese at their Cathedral until 1963 and then was chaplain at the Winnebago State (mental) Hospital, including a year of residency in a clinical education course at St. Elizabeth's (then) Federal Hospital in Washington, DC.
In 1970 Fr. Nelson became pastor of Sacred Heart parish in Oshkosh, WI. Two years later he entered graduate school at Marquette, and resided at Saint Francis Seminary. Next he taught part time at Marian College and St. Norbert College, while serving a small parish in the Oshkosh area.
Fr. Nelson was invited to join the faculty at St. Francis Seminary in the fall of 1978, and finished a PhD in religious studies at Marquette University. He only recently left full time responsibilities at the Seminary where he had served as professor, Academic Dean, Vice Rector and finally, for the past seven years, as Rector. Fr. Nelson will continue to teach part time while serving at St. Paul's and as well as doing some lecturing in the area of moral theology.
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