Rev. Michael C. Vannicola, OSFS
July 15, 2001
October 9, 2004
June 3, 2006
Deacon, St. John Neumann; Faculty, Salesianum School; Pastor, St. Ann
Pastor – St. Ann Parish – Diocese of Venice
What is your favorite church hymn?
I Know That My Redeemer Lives by Scott Sopar. It embodies hope to be with God for eternity and calls us to live with a joy and optimism matching that hope.
What book or film remains meaningful for you? Why?
I just saw the film The Shack. I had read the book years ago - beautiful and profound. It provided me with a new reflection on God's mercy and the Holy Trinity. I thought the film was even better than the book!
How do you pray best?
I always do my best praying in the context of the Liturgy.
How do you think Salesian humility can make a difference in the world?
Humility provides kindness and our world is in desperate need of love and kindness for people often ignored or treated harshly.
As Pope Francis calls all to live the Gospel with joy, what gives you joy as an Oblate?
I think Jesus calls us to live the Gospel to live Him with joy! If we are joyful then we are fully committed to working to be the best version of ourselves. I am filled with joy by being able to walk this journey with so many wonderful people.
If a young man were to be inspired by your vocation, what would you hope would inspire him?
I would hope I would inspire another by living my vocation with enthusiasm and joy!