Fr Dino Vanin

REVEREND DINO VANIN, PIME was born in Cendon di Silea, Province of Treviso, Italy in 1946. He entered the PIME Seminary at Treviso at the tender age of eleven. He came to the U.S. in 1968, studying Theology at Darlington Major Seminary in New Jersey. He has an MA in Secondary School Administration from Seton Hall University. Ordained in 1972, he served as an administrator, teacher, rector and principal at the PIME High School Seminary in Newark, Ohio before being sent to the missions of Thailand, where he served for six years. On December 16, 2018 he was installed as Pastor of San Francesco Catholic Church in Clinton Township, MI. He spends some of the little time left from his mission as pastor, counselor and spiritual director doing some woodworking and trying to get his thumb a bit “greener” while caring for the plants in the Rectory’s garden and inside the Church.

Jesus’ Team

Do we want to be on the team Jesus is coaching? Before we answer that question, which seems a no-brainer, let us pause to see if we have what it takes to make his team. Jesus picks exclusively those with the highest spiritual IQ. What is it? Well...

The Source of All Lights

The readings for the Third Sunday in Ordinary Time are clearly about light: The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; upon those who dwelt in the land of gloom a light has shone. Isaiah 9:1 The people who sit in darkness have seen a...

Behold the Lamb of God

“Behold the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world.” What images does this familiar phrase evoke in our minds and hearts? Maybe we just feel some of the contained solemnity that is in the air around Holy Communion time. But, instead, we...

Worshipping in Spirit and Truth

The story of the three kings from the East, bringing gifts to baby Jesus in Bethlehem, is one that we all remember from childhood. Even now it conjures up exotic images of courage, open mindedness, and faith. But, for a moment, let us strip it of...

May the Lord Grant You Peace

The Lord bless you and keep you! The Lord let His face shine upon you and be gracious to you! The Lord look upon you kindly and give you peace! (Numbers 6:24-25) We have heard these beautiful words at the beginning of each New Year, yet we quickly...

Christmas is All About Giving

We are more than familiar with the passage from the Gospel of Luke (2:1-14) proclaimed at Christmas Mass. Thus, it is so easy for us to picture this scene in our mind. Since I am a purist and I love doing research to get to the bottom of things...

God Is With Us

As people of faith, we should say often and with conviction: “Our God is in heaven; whatever God wills is done.”  Psalm 115:3 This is what the prophet Isaiah (7:10-14) knows; that’s what King Ahaz knows; that’s what Paul knows; that’s what Joseph...

Seeking Serenity

On the Third Sunday of Advent, we light the pink candle and the priest (and deacon) wear pink vestments because it is supposed to be a solemn invitation to cheerfulness and celebration. Of course, it is unreasonable to expect that we, or anyone else...