Rev. William J. Nessel, OSFS
September 10, 1947
September 10, 1950
June 9, 1956
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
Retired, assist at Our Lady of Consolation Church
Where did you first encounter the Oblates of St. Francis de Sales?
As a student in freshman year at Northeast Catholic High School.
What experience of the Oblates led you to join the community?
Interaction with the Oblate priests, seminarians and brother in school and after school. Fr. Herkert extended an invitation to join the Oblates and that helped me finally join.
In your experience, what makes the Oblates of St. Francis de Sales distinct?
Very human, approachable, humble, gentle men who strive to Live Jesus.
In ten words or less, how would you sum up Salesian spirituality?
Living Jesus who described himself as gentle and humble of heart.
Why should someone consider becoming an Oblate of St. Francis de Sales today?
If he discerns a call to consecrated life and to a pastorally oriented community, the Oblates do as Pope Francis asks: Go among the sheep and smell of the sheep, and the Salesian spirituality they live and preach enable them to have an appeal among people in our secularizing society.
Who is your favorite historical figure? Why do you admire him/her?
I have several favorites. Recently, I read a new 1000 page biography of Winston Churchill; risk taker, brilliant writer, read the sign of the time regarding Communism Nazism, determined leader, indomitable spirit, remarkable in the manner he handled any crisis. He also stuck to his principles.
What are some of your interests/hobbies?
Photography, travel, reading.