Rev. Kevin M. Nadolski, OSFS
August 10, 1991
January 27, 1996
May 31, 1997
Teacher and Principal, Bishop Ireton H.S.; Teacher and Asst. Principal, Salesianum School; Director of Vocations; Director of Formation; Director of Communications and Development.
Director of Development and Communications – Wilmington/Philadelphia Province
What living person most reflects the joy of the Gospel for you?
Kevin Neary, a victim of gun violence, lives as a quadriplegic. He chooses life each day and does it with joy.
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?
St. Francis de Sales once wrote, “The church is a garden patterned with unlimited flowers.” Pope Francis values a garden with all kinds of flowers, including weeds, shrubs, and herbs!
What is your favorite dimension of being an Oblate of St. Francis de Sales?
I value the way that Oblates are hospitable and open to bringing people into the Church. All are welcome!
How do you think Salesian gentleness can make a difference int he world?
As we live in such a violent world, gentleness can counter this evil. Jesus calls us to this and models it unto his death. Gentleness is central to being a Christian.
What is the most recent book you read? Would you recommend it?
“A Little Life” by Hanya Yanagihara. A painful story of four friends who love each other from college to the end of their lives. Through 800+ pages, the characters become house guests you host and hope they stay for a very long time. Then, after they leave, you cannot stop thinking about them.
Name an Oblate who taught you an important lesson that has remained with you. What did he teach you?
Fr. Manning Moore, OSFS, was an old priest living in the same community as I when I was a seminarian. He gave his life to working as a prison chaplain and befriending prisoner’s families. He taught me, by example, not to judge others.
What advice could you give to a young person interested in religious life.
Develop a friendship with someone who joyfully lives religious life.
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?
I think we teach the world the value of relationships in a way that uniquely advances Gospel-inspired relating. Because we are not responsible for our own families, we are free to care for others who need our care, especially those who have no one to care for them.