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 was a favorite course you had in school, from grade school thru grad school?
History was my favorite course in grade school, high school and college. In graduate school, I really enjoyed the courses on Sacred Liturgy.
Why is Salesian gentleness so important to you?
Gentleness is so critical because it is so needed in the world. It is the best mode for sharing God's love with another.
If you were asked to select a motto by which to live - other than De Sales' Live Jesus, what would it be?
The motto I would choose comes from Saint Paul's first letter to the Corinthians: "All this I do for the sake of the Gospel so that I to may have a place in it." (1 Cor. 9:23)
What do you miss about living in a time when there was less technology? Why?
There is something to be said for the days when we had less "access" even though technology is a blessing. We thought technology would make our lives easier, but I think it has made us feel more pressured - we have to re-think that.
Pope Francis continues to both inspire and challenge. What is most inspiring about him and what is most challenging?
What inspires me about Pope Francis is also what challenges me: his frankness and sincerity. He challenges priests to be better. He is direct about that but that is a value - he understands that sometimes we have to be uncomfortable in order to grow.
Of all the gifts friends and family have given you, what is a favorite?
The greatest gift a friend or family member would ever give me is their time.
On a bad day, how do you make it a little better? I seek to be with people who through their love and example, lift me up.
What is a favorite Scripture quote or passage? One favorite is the motto: "All this I do for the sake of the Gospel so that I to may have a place in it." (1 Cor. 9:23). Another is: "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me." (Phil 4:13)