Mr. Joseph A. McDaniel, OSFS
August 1, 2015
Formation – Novice
What living person most reflects the joy of the Gospel for you?
The person who most immediately comes to mind is Fr. Ken McKenna, OSFS. He seems to have a deep sense of inner peace that is reflected in how he goes about everyday life.
Pope Francis is a Jesuit who chose the name of St. Francis of Assisi. Some have said he pastorally resembles St. Francis de Sales. What is Salesian about Pope Francis?
He has a strong vision for evangelization and is gentle and persuasive in bringing it about.
What is your favorite dimension of being an Oblate of St. Francis de Sales?
Seeing the spark in people when they discover that holiness can be found in every day life.
How do you think Salesian gentleness can make a difference int he world?
Helping people to listen before jumping to conclusions.
What is the most recent book you read? Would you recommend it?
The Power and the Glory by Graham Greene. I’d definitely recommend it. It’s a humbling meditation, through fiction, on the humanity of those who are called into priesthood, while simultaneously reaffirming the sacredness of the office.
Name an Oblate who taught you an important lesson that has remained with you. What did he teach you?
Fr. Dave Whalen, OSFS, who drove home for me the genius of the Spiritual Directory; every human action can be made holy.
What advice could you give to a young person interested in religious life?
Don’t be afraid to take a look and give it a try: It’s an unforgettable adventure and God always finds ways to surprise us with his mercy and generosity.
How do you think religious life serves the church and world in a way that is unique from our brothers and sisters who are single, married, or diocesan priests?
It is a way of serving the church and world by giving your life through a closely-knit team, where being bound by the vows gives you great freedom to serve in so many exciting ways.