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Fr. Lou Fiorelli OSFS

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Degrees: BA (Niagara University), STB (University of Fribourg and Catholic U), STL and STD (Catholic U)

Professional Background: I am the former Superior General of the Oblates of St. Francis de Sales (1994-2006) and hold a Bachelor of Arts in Modern Languages, summa cum laude (Niagara University), a Bachelor of Sacred Theology (University of Fribourg, Switzerland, and the Catholic University of America), a Licentiate and Doctorate in Sacred Theology (The Catholic University of America), and an Honorary Doctorate from De Sales University.

As a seminarian, I taught English and World Cultures at the Father Judge High School (Philadelphia). As a newly ordained priest I taught French and Religion at the St. Francis de Sales High School (Toledo). For many years before my election as Superior General in 1994, I taught both seminarians and laity at the De Sales School of Theology in Washington, DC. My teaching courses there included: Christology, Christian Anthropology, Christian Spirituality, Salesian Spiritual Direction, Mysticism, Readings in St. Francis de Sales, and courses on major Salesian writings, particularly "The Treatise on the Love of God" and “The Introduction to the Devout Life.”

Fort the past eleven years I have served as the General Formation Coordinator for the Oblate Congregation. For over three decades I have been the Auxiliary Religious Assistant to the two American Federations of the Order of the Visitation of Holy Mary. In the course of my priestly and academic career, I have given parish missions, numerous retreats and spiritual conferences. Throughout my priestly life, I have been engaged in the ministry of spiritual direction.

For eleven years I served as Parochial Vicar here at Our Lady of Good Counsel. Since July of 2017 my status is now “retired in residence” here at OLGC where I continue to minister on a part-time basis.

How I put my Faith in Action: See above

Favorite Activity Outside of Work: Walking, Movies, reading mysteries and biographies

Favorite Food: Italian (what can I say?)!

Favorite Moment you had in your Vocation: Seeing our faith in action by so many good people!

Fun Fact About You: The annual trip to Atlantic City with my three sisters

Favorite Quote: "In the end, it's not the years in your life that matter, but the life in your years." Abraham Lincoln

Favorite Saint: You're asking an Oblate of St. Francis de Sales this question?