Rev. Leon Bonikowski, OSFS

First Profession:
January 17, 1957

Final Profession:
January 29, 1960

Ordination:
October 30, 1965

Ministries:
Faculty, Father Judge High School; Missionary; Parochial Vicar, Sacred Heart and Our Lady of Light; Associate Mission Procurator.

Present Ministry:
Associate Mission Procurator for the Wilmington/Philadelphia Province

Personality by Pixels

Pope Francis has called for a jubilee Year of Mercy. How do you experience the mercy of God in your life?
My Oblate religious vocation – 60 years and 50 years ordained OSFS priesst.

With many experience of violence in the world and in our country, what is one way that you see Salesian gentleness as a healing agent?
Let yourself live an interior spiritual peaceful life and show it externally to the people you meet daily with gentleness.

What is the most recent book you read? Who was the author, and what did you think of it?
Life of St. John Paul II and Our Mission is to Love.  Book in preparation for the World Family Convention in Philadelphia, PA September 22-27, 2015.

What is the most challenging dimension of Salesian Spirituality for you?
Being surrounded by all the news media, t.v. , magazines, noise.  I don’t pray or meditate enough.

If you were pope, what would be one decision you would make to impact church in a life-giving way?
Our mission is to love life, nature, people animals – see the beauty of the planet earth and all the universe.  God is love in this world.

What gives you joy as an Oblate of St. Francis de Sales?
Meeting people as a missinary on weekends and being a missionary in foreign countries.

If someone were to write a biography of your life, what title would you give it?
Love the world and all that’s in it.  I did not ask to be here!  But I love it.

Which person taught you a lesson that is especially valuable to you? What was the lesson?
Learned to drive a vehicle at NECHS – junior year of 1954.  I use this experience every day.