Rev. Alfred J. Smuda, OSFS

First Profession:
September 14, 1957

Final Profession:
September 18, 1960

Ordination:
October 1, 1966

Ministries:
Faculty, Father Judge High School; Oblate Missions in Brazil and India

Present Ministry: 
Pastor, Our Lady of the Seas

Personality by Pixels

What was a favorite course you had in school, from grade school thru grad school? 

History - "Civics" - Biology - Humanity (Art).

Why is Salesian gentleness so important to you?

Because it helps me live a better life.  It puts a balance in my life.

If you were asked to select a motto by which to live - other than De Sales' Live Jesus, what would it be?

Be who you are and be that well!

What do you miss about living in a time when there was less technology?  Why?

My life was much simpler.  I was calmer ... I knew what was coming.  I had more time to prepare.

Pope Francis continues to both inspire and challenge.  What is most inspiring about him and what is most challenging?

Almost like Francis de Sales - even Fr. Brisson.  I feel that he is my brother and I look up to him.

Of all the gifts friends and family have given you, what is a favorite?

Vocation - they have and still support me in my gift of a vocation.  Vocation is a gift from God but my family and friends help me.

On a bad day, how do you make it a little better?

Calm down, take deep breaths, take a nap, listen to music, work on the outside (cut grass).  I dig.

What is a favorite Scripture quote or passage?

Come to me all you that are burdened and I will refresh you.  i am humble and gentle of heart.