Rev. Paul H. Colloton, OSFS
August 18, 1985
September 3, 1988
May 12, 1990
What is your present ministry?
Campus Pastor, Ohio Dominican University
What living person most reflects the joy of the Gospel for you?
Pope Francis – his smiles, his comfort in his own skin, his attentiveness to others and his obvious love of life and Jesus and ministry.
Pope Francis is a Jesuit who chose the name of St. Francis of Assisi. Some have said he pastorally resembles St. Francis de Sales. What is Salesian about Pope Francis?
He is gentle, approachable, loving, deeply spiritual, and lives Jesus very tangibly.
What is your favorite dimension of being an Oblate of St. Francis de Sales?
Our being down to earth, real, approachable and seen as people of joy.
How do you think Salesian gentleness can make a difference in the world?
It is a corrective to the violence and attacking stance that so often is a person’s first response when hurt or attacked or disappointed.
What is the most recent book you read? Would you recommend it?
Letting Go, Hanging On: A Guide for the Spiritual Journey by John Graden, OSFS. I would recommend it. It is readable, practical, enlightening and a good source for prayer and preaching.
Name an Oblate who taught you an important lesson that has remained with you?
Bro. Mickey McGrath: the importance of truth – telling to let go of hurt and embrace God’s love and beauty.
What advice could you give to a young person interested in religious life?
Try it! You won’t know the gifts our life can offer and the gifts you have to share unless you give yourself completely and try it on. If it fits, great. If it doesn’t, then you are free to find where God is leading.
How do you think religious life serves the church and world in a way that is unique from our brothers and sisters who are single, married or diocesan priests?
Our witness to putting Jesus first in community, prayer, dialogue and attentiveness to the needs of the world using our unique gifts – not as free agents or couples – but in the give and take of our life together.