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Rev. Francis J. Rinaldi, OSFS

First Profession:
August 22, 1961

Final Profession:
January 31, 1965 

Ordination:
September 6, 1969

Ministries: 
Faculty, Salesian High School, Northeast Catholic High School; Parochial Vicar, St. Peter, Mother Seton, Our Lady of Good Counsel, St. Catherine of Sienna, St. Paul, St. Anthony of Padua; Chaplain, St. Gertrude’s Monastery

Present Ministry:
Parochial Vicar – St. Anthony of Padua Parish – Diocese of Wilmington

Personality by Pixels

What living person most reflects the joy of the Gospel for you?
Many people who truly show a spirit of worship for the one true God.

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 listens to the Holy Spirit.

What is your favorite dimension of being an Oblate of St. Francis de Sales?
A spiritual life that is a life with joy.

How do you think Salesian gentleness can make a difference in the world?
It leaves more room for Christ by taking more of my self-centeredness out of it.

What is the most recent book you read?  Would you recommend it?
Sunday Scriptures – a must!

Name an Oblate who taught you an important lesson that has remained with you.  What did he teach you?
Fr. Al Gaffigan, OSFS – humility with a firm Christian backbone.

What advice could you give to a young person interested in religious life?
Listen to Jesus – gold forever and not temporary glitter.

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?
We call everyone to look beyond the “now” to the “forever.”