Rev. Paul G. Dechant, OSFS

Rev. Paul G. Dechant, OSFS

First Profession: 
August 3, 1985

Final Profession: 
August 18, 2002

May 12, 1990

Parochial Vicar, Our Lady of Good Counsel, St. Cecilia, St. Paul the Apostle, St. John Neumann; Pastor, Holy Cross

Present Ministry:
Pastor – Holy Cross Parish – Kernersville, NC

Personality by Pixels

Pope Francis has called for a jubilee Year of Mercy. How do you experience the mercy of God in your life?
People putting up with me and my foibles.

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?
Encouraging people to pray for both the victims and the perpetrators.

What is the most recent book you read? Who was the author, and what did you think of it?
Life of Jane de Chantal – Ravier.  Jane was a remarkable woman!

What is the most challenging dimension of Salesian Spirituality for you?
Practicing gentleness.

If you were pope, what would be one decision you would make to impact church in a life-giving way?
Examine optional celibacy for the presbyterate.

What gives you joy as an Oblate of St. Francis de Sales?
Seeing people living Jesus.

If someone were to write a biography of your life, what title would you give it?
From home to home.

Which person taught you a lesson that is especially valuable to you? What was the lesson?
Novicemaster:  keep the big things big and the little things little.