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Reverend Philip A. Cardenzana
June 10, 1939 - July 24, 2005
Colfax, Iowa
The son of John and Mary Ann (Toigo) Cardenzana, Fr. Phil was born on June 10, 1939, in Albia, Iowa. Father attended Washington Public Grade School and Lincoln Junior High in Albia. When he was fourteen years old, he caught a train for Worthington, Ohio, and enrolled in the Pontifical College Josephinum as a high school freshman. The rest of academic career was spent at the Pontifical College. He received a B.A in 1961 and was trained in theology at the college. He was ordained to the priesthood by Most Rev. Egidio Vagnozzi, Apostolic Delegate, at the Pontifical College Josephinum on May 29, 1965.

After ordination, Father was assigned as an assistant to St. Paul’s, Burlington, until 1969. From Burlington, Father moved to St. Patrick’s, Ottumwa, as an associate pastor. He served there until 1971 when he became the administrator of St. Joseph’s, Montrose, while serving as the Religious Education Coordinator for Aquinas High School in Fr. Madison. In 1980, he was appointed the pastor of St. Mary’s, Albia, where they dedicated a new church in 1981. While serving as pastor of St. Mary’s, he was also the administrator of St. Patrick’s, Georgetown, from 1981 to 1983. In 1985, he became the pastor of St. Mary’s, Dodgeville and St. Mary’s, Wapello. He served there until 1988 when he was appointed pastor of St. Anthony’s, Knoxville. While remaining pastor of St. Anthony’s, he was also appointed pastor of St. Mary’s, Pella, and Sacred Heart, Melcher. He was the Shepard of all three parishes until 1996 when be moved to Colfax and served as the parochial vicar for Immaculate Conception, Colfax, and Sacred Heart, Newton. He became the pastor of Immaculate Conception 1999 and served there until his retirement on December 1, 2004.

Father served the diocese by being a member of the Presbyteral Council in 1985. He also was a member of the Holy Childhood Association Committee from 1987 to 1996. Since retirement, Father has resided at the rectory at Immaculate Conception, Colfax.