Rev. John J. Fisher, OSFS
August 9, 1980
September 19, 1986
June 4, 1988
Faculty, Father Judge High School, Bishop Verot High School, Salesianum School, De Sales University, Northeast Catholic High School; Principal; Salesianum School; Interim Principal, Nativity Preparatory School, Rector, Cathedral of Immaculate Conception
Rector, Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Camden, NJ
Where did you first encounter the Oblates of St. Francis de Sales?
Growing up, five Oblates came to my parish every Sunday. I “officially” met them when I entered my freshman year at Fr. Judge High School.
What experience of the Oblates led you to join the community?
They were genuine, generous, fun, down-to-earth and related well to students and parents. They were excellent educators and shared a communal sense of joy and fraternity.
In your experience, what makes the Oblates of St. Francis de Sales distinct?
We embody the “Salesian virtues” of humility and gentleness. We know who we are especially our brokenness which impels us to seek God to mold us into the minister he wants us to be. It requires so much surrender, so much emptying. No wonder there is a saying that it takes 40 years to be an Oblate. As we grow and mature, we accept and embrace God’s infinite love for us, naturally wanting this for all others. Thus, the humility before God leads to gentleness to others.
In ten words or less, how would you sum up Salesian spirituality?
God loves us without exception for us to do likewise.
Why should someone consider becoming an Oblate of St. Francis de Sales today?
“To be another Christ walking the face of the earth” as our founder wanted. We are continually humbled by every ministerial encounter that the Spirit is working through us in Francis’ example. This is an awesome life. I’ve had tough days but never a bad one.
Who is your favorite historical figure? Why do you admire him/her?
Jesus Christ. He has called me and has not given up on me. I just need to give into him, at all times. He needs to be ENOUGH for me ruling out everything else. No other historical figure has perdured, been written about more, been sought after and has saved all of us and continues to do so.
What are some of your interests/hobbies?
Embraced by my family. I’m unapologetically the proudest uncle. Truly blessed. Running is a form of prayer for me. I pray the rosary for someone’s intention while running. I still love music and always find a new artist that captivates me but stay loyal to my favorites. I love going to concerts. I love my Oblate brothers and have a small group whom I hang with regularly that allows us to invigorate one another.