Rev. William J. Nessel, OSFS

Rev. William J. Nessel, OSFS

First Profession:
September 10, 1947

Final Profession:
September 10, 1950

Ordination:
June 9, 1956

Ministries:
Faculty, Father Judge High School, De Sales School of Theology; Campus Minister / Director of Pastoral Ministry Program, De Sales University; Founding Pastor, St. Francis de Sales, St. George; Pastor, Sacred Heart; National Assistant Director, De Sales Secular Institute

Present Ministry:
Assistant National Director of Secular Institute of St. Francis de Sales

Personality by Pixels

Pope Francis has called for a jubilee Year of Mercy. How do you experience the mercy of God in your life?
Forgiveness in the Sacramental Confession.  Forgiveness for my offenses or shortcoming given by another person.

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?
The practice of gentleness on all occasions.  The good example of a gentle personality.

What is the most recent book you read? Who was the author, and what did you think of it?
The Irish Americans by William D. Griffin.  A book on the Irish immigrants in America and later Irish citizens.  I found it informative and interesting.

What is the most challenging dimension of Salesian Spirituality for you?
Surrender to God’s will as manifested in the events of the day – God’s Good Pleasure – De Sales calls it in the Treatise on the Will of God.

If you were pope, what would be one decision you would make to impact church in a life-giving way?
Imitate Pope Francis.

What gives you joy as an Oblate of St. Francis de Sales?
The company of Oblates and the good opinion many have of the Oblates.

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

Which person taught you a lesson that is especially valuable to you? What was the lesson?
My mother taught me:  “You must change, the world will not change for you.”