Rev. Joseph P. Jocco, OSFS
August 13, 1977
January 21, 1983
June 9, 1984
Faculty, Father Judge High School, Salesianum School, Father Lopez High School, Bishop Verot High School; Vocation Director; Parochial Vicar, Our Mother of Consolation, St. Ann; Pastor, St. Francis de Sales.
Parochial Vicar – St. Ann Parish – Diocese of Venice
Pope Francis initiated a Year of Consecrated Life; what is your understanding of the vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience? The present moment – God’s call to daily realize God is walking with me on my journey to be the person God has called me to be – through the vows.
Of the three vows, which do you see most connecting you to the people you serve? Poverty – “the best things in life” are not things, but people! Poverty calls me to let go!
What gift do you see the Oblates, as religious men, bringing to the church and world? The gift of the here, now, the present moment. God is with us on our real, concrete, life journey!
How does your commitment to a religious community impact your life? Calls me to be the person I profess I am.
What is your greatest hope for religious life in the church? Don’t lose hope!
What has been a surprise for you as you have lived as a religious? How rewarding it has been through the moments of joy, success, failure, loss, grief…
What excites you most about Pope Francis? Simplicity – best!