Rev. David J. Devlin, OSFS
August 20, 1967
October 3, 1970
May 21, 1977
Faculty, Salesianum School, Father Judge High School, Bishop Ireton High School, Holy Name High School; Parochial Vicar, St. Joachim, Holy Child, Immaculate Heart of Mary, St. Cecilia , Our Mother of Consolation, Our Lady Star of the Sea; Pastor, Immaculate Heart of Mary, St. Francis de Sales, Holy Infant
Parochial Vicar – Our Lady Star of the Sea Parish – Diocese of Camden
Pope Francis has called for a jubilee Year of Mercy. How do you experience the mercy of God in your life?
I experience God’s mercy through prayer and my interaction with others. I have found what Psalm 16 proclaims is true – “God’s mercy endures forever.”
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?
Civility is lacking in our society; public discourse is often mean spirited. If a conversation begins from the perspective of Salesian gentleness, it may encourage a more civil response.
What is the most recent book you read? Who was the author, and what did you think of it?
Would you Baptize an Extraterrestrial?, written by Guy Consolmagno, S.J. and Paul Mueller, S.J., scientists who work at the Vatican Observatory. I found it to be an interesting, intelligent and often humorour response to a variety of questions about faith and science submitted to scientists at the Vaticn Observatory.
What is the most challenging dimension of Salesian Spirituality for you?
The invitation to “Live Jesus” each day through the practice of the virtues of gentleness, humility and patience.
If you were pope, what would be one decision you would make to impact church in a life-giving way?
There would be more than one, but because of the importance of the Eucharist in the life of the Church, I would explore increasing the opportunities for those presently not able to serve in the ordained ministry.
What gives you joy as an Oblate of St. Francis de Sales?
To be part of a wonderful heritage of spirituality, community and ministry.
If someone were to write a biography of your life, what title would you give it?
Extraordionary Encounters with Ordinary People.
Which person taught you a lesson that is especially valuable to you? What was the lesson?
My father. He taught his sons to be respectful of others and to never act in a superior manner.