Rev. Vincent E. Smith, OSFS
August 13, 1977
June 26, 1982
September 21, 1985
Faculty, Archbishop Wood High School, Northeast Catholic High School; Oblate Missions; President, Northeast Catholic High School; Pastor, Immaculate Heart of Mary
Pastor – Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish – Diocese of Charlotte
What living person most reflects the joy of the Gospel for you?
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?
Humility and gentleness!!
What is your favorite dimension of being an Oblate of St. Francis de Sales?
Seeing the joyful results of a Salesian approach (humble and gentle) with the people we serve.
How do you think Salesian gentleness can make a difference in the world?
More powerful than we realize. Jesus himself taught us that lesson!
What is the most recent book you read? Would you recommend it?
Falling Upward by Richard Rohr. Spiritual reflection as we age – hopeful.
Name an Oblate who taught you an important lesson that has remained with you. What did he teach you?
Tom Hagan…his pastoral passion for people!
What advice could you give to a young person interested in religious life?
Spend time with us!
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?
If called, and we respond, it leaves us free to serve the kingdom without other impartial concerns.