He uses his musical skills when participating in reenactments of the Civil War.Recently in Cedar Creek, VA for the 153rd anniversary of that battle, he has also been to Gettysburg, PA, Mumford, OH and many other places, including schools, in his Civil War attire.He commented, “It’s another parish as far as I’m concerned.” With no school at his parish, he looks forward to the fall when things slow down a bit. Edmond Parishes merged they wondered what they would do with the worship space at St. A group came along and asked if they could rent the space. Chuck has had the opportunity to do some acting there as well.He said, “Most people think summer time is our time to relax. ” Father John relates that, “Just being out there for the people, being there when they have a need,” is an important part of priesthood for him. Jim O’Connor, attend shows in Stratford, New York City and the Kavinoky Theatre in Buffalo, to name just a few. Some of the best moments of priesthood occur, in Fr.
He noted that, “Thirty years ago I started visiting Civil War sites and just kind of got into it.” His history began in Buffalo.He continued, “Sometimes your response is just being there because you represent God’s presence. Chuck’s opinion, “whenever you’re able to facilitate someone’s reconnection with or new awareness of God in their lives. I praise God for the grace he has given me to be understanding and compassionate, to meet people where they are and not place any unrealistic expectations on anyone.” To quote an old Jimmy Stewart movie, “It’s a wonderful life!You might not have anything to say, they may not want to hear anything but just being there, it means something.” He believes that someone considering becoming a priest should, “Know your heart. Like anything there are good and very rewarding parts, there are also challenges to the vocation. Christopher and then “un-retired”, as he put it, this past July to become Rector of St. You get a call to a hospital emergency room, you may have no idea who they are but they let you come in and share this most intimate moment.” Preaching is also something he enjoys very much. ” Having been told in the seminary to focus on being a parish priest, Fr.After living and working with them in rural areas of Georgia, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Kentucky and North Carolina, Fr. He recalled, “They wanted me to get a taste of the missions and, if at the end of three years I liked them and they liked me, I would have stayed with them. Compared to his time spent with the Glenmary Missions where he would have three parishes in two or three different counties, he remarked, “Traveling and managing that number of parishes was nothing new to me.” After 12 years as pastor of those three parishes, he spent six years as pastor of St. He then spent four months studying at the Vatican II Institute outside of San Francisco and returned to spend five years as pastor of Holy Spirit Parish in North Collins.It was a great three years and I still have some friends in Glenmary parishes but we have rural here.” He went on to serve at St. Paul in Kenmore before being assigned as pastor of three parishes; St. Seven years ago he was assigned as pastor of Most Precious Blood Parish in Angola where he currently resides.Sometimes being on call is a challenge as well as realizing your own limitations. Joseph Cathedral in Buffalo where he currently resides. The priesthood has its difficult moments as well such as, “dealing with expectations and demands of people that are often times quite unrealistic. Get together with a priest you know to get a sense of what he does in the course of the day.” Fr. Sal Manganello has had that experience plus a whole lot more.