Rev. Silverio “Sal” Di Fazio
Fr. Sal was born in 1946 on the island of
Ponza, Italy. He entered the seminary as a young man, but when he was 16 years old he and his family moved to the United States. Among other things, Fr. Sal
worked as a volunteer firefighter and an ambulance driver (and has plenty of
stories to tell). As a young man, Fr. Sal married his wife, Michelle, and
together they had a daughter, Karen. In 2005, Michelle was very ill with
cancer. She urged Fr. Sal to pursue his vocational calling that he had put on
hold in Italy as a child. After Michelle
passed into the Lord’s care, Fr. Sal entered the seminary at Blessed John XXIII
in Boston. He was ordained on May 8, 2010 and served his first year as a priest
as a parochial vicar at Christ the King parish. In October 2011 Fr. Sal was
transferred to St. Paul's Catholic Church, and on May 31, 2012, Bishop Estévez
installed Fr. Sal as our pastor.
Fun facts: Fr. Sal does not eat any type of
poultry due to a traumatizing meal as a child. He is an excellent cook,
frequently breaks his eyeglasses, and can double as a human megaphone. He is
also fluent in Italian, English, and Spanish.
grew up with St. Paul’s; she attended St. Paul’s School from kindergarten
through 8th grade and went on to graduate as valedictorian from
Bishop Kenny in 2005. Brandy earned a Bachelor’s Degree in English and Writing
from the University of Florida in 2008, and is expected to earn her Master’s in
English Literature in May 2013. Brandy began working at St. Paul’s in October
2011, a week before Fr. Sal arrived, and in August 2012, she began teaching
Religion to the 6th and 7th grades at St. Paul’s.
facts: Brandy is a dog lover and always welcomes meeting the furry friends who
sometimes accompany their owners to the office.