Rev. Christopher J. Hudgin, OSFS
January 11, 1976
May 26, 1979
June 13, 1981
Deacon, St. Paschal Baylon Parish; Faculty, Father Judge High School, Bishop Verot High School, De Sales University, St. Francis de Sales High School.
Faculty Member – St. Francis de Sales High School – Toledo, OH
What living person most reflects the joy of the Gospel for you?
Fr. Tom Hagan
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?
His open, humble, gentle way of approaching people. He sees Jesus in others as St. Francis de Sales calls us to do.
What is your favorite dimension of being an Oblate of St. Francis de Sales?
Sharing commitment to spreading the Salesian charism and comradeship with my brothers in community.
How do you think Salesian gentleness can make a difference in the world?
Salesian gentleness is more needed than ever in a world that is becoming more violent and less respectful of life.
What is the most recent book you read? Would you recommend it?
I re-read To Kill a Mockingbird. It is an American classic celebrating human dignity.
Name an Oblate who taught you an important lesson that has remained with you. What did he teach you?
When he was Provincial and I was a Principal dealing with some difficult issues, Fr. Richard Reece taught me to keep my focus on the big picture and to stay optimistic.
What advice could you give to a young person interested in religious life?
Stay open to the Holy Spirit. Find a person you trust to talk to. Give the Oblates a try!
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?
Different religious communities bring distinctive charisms to the church and the world.