Rev. Lewis S. Fiorelli, OSFS
August 21, 1962
September 17, 1966
September 12, 1970
Faculty, St. Francis de Sales High School, De Sales Hall School of Theology; Superior General; Parochial Vicar, Our Lady of Good Counsel
Parochial Vicar – Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish – Diocese of Arlington
General formation oordinator USA Religious consultant to the two VHM federations
Pope Francis has called for a jubilee Year of Mercy. How do you experience the mercy of God in your life?
In the person and message of Jesus, in the sacrament of reconciliation, in Salesian spiritual direction, and in the person and style of Pope Francis!
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?
In our respect, reverence, for each person as imago dei, imago Christi. In our focus on acceptance, moderations, some balance.
What is the most recent book you read? Who was the author, and what did you think of it?
In the Fall by Jeffery Lent. He knows how to express the beauty of the English language. In fiction, he explores several generations of a mixed-race family from the end of the civil war to the boot legging era. He places the emphasis on these characters, and on the beauty of the land.
What is the most challenging dimension of Salesian Spirituality for you?
Perhaps we are too horrible, too “hidden”, so that too many do not see the beauty and the pull of our spirituality and its value in our broken and hurting world.
If you were pope, what would be one decision you would make to impact church in a life-giving way?
Go back to the prior English missal. Explore a married clergy and continue to place the emphasis on the poor on the fragility of creation.
What gives you joy as an Oblate of St. Francis de Sales?
Our spirituality, joy, esprit de corps.
If someone were to write a biography of your life, what title would you give it?
“A Wonderful Healer’ “An Earthen Vessel”
Which person taught you a lesson that is especially valuable to you? What was the lesson?
A former oblate, now deceased. Do not judge or speak ill of others.