Rev. Peter Leonard, OSFS

Rev. Peter Leonard, OSFS

First Profession:
August 12, 1978

Final Profession:
May 5, 1984

May 31, 1986 

Faculty, De Sales University; Dean of Graduate Education; De Sales University

Present Ministry:
Administration/Faculty Member – De Sales University – Center Valley, PA

Personality by Pixels

What living person most reflects the joy of the Gospel for you?

Pope Francis.

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 looks for the goodness in each individual and acknowledges that every person is created in God’s image.

What is your favorite dimension of being an Oblate of St. Francis de Sales?

I enjoy living in a vibrant community.

How do you think Salesian gentleness can make a difference in the world?

The world is presently filled with many examples of senseless violence.  Salesian gentleness is a powerful force which brings sense to a peaceful world.

What is the most recent book you read?  Would you recommend it? 

Fire in the Belly.  It is a book on masculine spirituality. I would recommend it highly.

Name an Oblate who taught you an important lesson that has remained with you.  What did he teach you? 

Many Oblates have taught me and have modeled personally the acceptance of God’s will in our daily life.  What happens today is what is supposed to happen.

What advise could you give to a young person interested in religious life?

If you are discerning a vocation to religious life, invest yourself in the discernment process fully and be willing to take a risk.  You won’t be disappointed.

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?

There is a true joy in living in a religious community.  This truly separates us from other Christian lifestyles.