Rev. Joseph Cisetti

When did you feel called to the priesthood?

When I made my First Communion.

What is the defining issue of our time and what does the priesthood have to say about it?

One such issue is to find meaning and hope in life. Priesthood is one unique and indispensable way to share the meaning and hope of Christ.

What do you love about the priesthood?

Sharing in the lives of a people and bringing the presence of Christ into thosemoments, particularly through the sacraments.

What are the challenges you face as a priest?

Having to employ so many sets of skills in different venues and dealing with the busyness of parish.

What advice would you give to someone who approaches you about the priesthood?

Keep an open heart and an open mind. Do not be afraid.

What was your biggest obstacle in decerning God's call?

Striving to be sure.

Who was the most influential person in your life?

It is hard to speak of a single person but a number have been influential. Obviously my parents but also Pope John Paul II and Bishop Helmsing, amoung a number of others.

How is the Catholic priesthood meaningful for you?

It is both, challenging and satisfying. I believe this is where God wants me to be. So, many Sunday mornings I have stood at the altar of my parish thinking, "There's no place in the world I rather be than where I am right now." It is a privilege to share life, the Word of God and the Sacraments with the people of God. As I share in their joys and sorrows, I share in the joys and sorrows of Christ.

What is your family background?

I am blessed to have come from an intact, practicing Catholic family. My parents were always supportive of my vocation but wanted it to be my own decision. My brother has always been supportive as well.

What books/authors, films, music, etc., do you like?

Different types of music, particularly classical and opera. Authors would include, Fiannery O'Connor and Emily Dickinson.