Rev. Mark J. Wrightson, OSFS

Rev. Mark J. Wrightson, OSFS

First Profession:
August 12, 1978

Final Profession:
May 5, 1984

Ordination:
May 31, 1986

Ministries:
Faculty, Salesianum School, Bishop Verot High School; Parochial Vicar, Our Lady of Light, St. Paul the Apostle; President, Northeast Catholic High School; Pastor; St. Francis de Sales

Present Ministry:
Parochial Vicar: St. Thomas More Oratory, University of Delaware

Personality by Pixels

Pope Francis has called for a jubilee Year of Mercy. How do you experience the mercy of God in your life?
God calls me out of my sinful self each morning to continue to minister in his garden.

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?
Salesian gentleness presents such a strong alternative to the harsh realities of our world.

What is the most recent book you read? Who was the author, and what did you think of it?
Nostalgia by Dennis McFarland. I enjoyed his depiction of the struggles and ultimate survival of a private in the union army, thanks to the strength and goodness of the human spirit. It helped that he wove Walt Whitman in too!

What is the most challenging dimension of Salesian Spirituality for you?
Being who I am well.

If you were pope, what would be one decision you would make to impact church in a life-giving way?
Opening up the ministries / the church.

What gives you joy as an Oblate of St. Francis de Sales?
The way salesian spirituality is reflected back to me by my parishioners.

If someone were to write a biography of your life, what title would you give it?
Try for one more day.

Which person taught you a lesson that is especially valuable to you? What was the lesson?
My father….When you give a gift, don’t wonder what you may get in return…you will reap more than you ever imagined.