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.

Giving Thanks to God

At least a couple of times a year we find this miracle (Luke 17:11-19) with which we are so familiar. We know that it is about the need for showing gratitude for what Jesus does in our life and about His desire to be thanked by us. However, if we...

All Unfolds According to His Mysterious Design

In the Our Father we learned to pray: “Lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil.” A better translation would be: Do not subject us to the test. I have yet to find a single person on the face of the earth who likes to take tests, and...

Doing What Jesus Demands of Us

When Jesus told the story of the rich man and Lazarus (Luke 16:19-31), his audience must have cringed in disbelief and shock. The reason was simple: his contemporaries were convinced that prosperity was clearly God’s reward for a good life and, vice...

Being Always Open to Love and Forgiveness

I tell you, make friends for yourselves with dishonest wealth, so that when it fails, you will be welcomed into eternal dwellings. (Luke 16:9) What could possibly be the meaning of such an obscure phrase? Evidently both back then and nowadays...

Regarding Losses

Regarding the handling of losses, there is a great difference between God and us. Personally, my heart breaks whenever I see on TV the anguished faces of those struck suddenly by natural calamities, or fire. Perhaps clenching a few pictures in their...

Living Our Christian Calling

The Gospel of Luke (14:25-33) illustrates plainly how the Bible needs to be interpreted correctly by the Magisterium (teaching authority) of the Church and how fundamentalism, prevents people from learning what God is truly revealing us through Holy...

Regarding Narrow Gates

The image of a grandiose, endless banquet is the most common image used in Holy Scripture to describe heaven. It is the lavish wedding feast of Christ, the Lamb of God, and his Bride, the Church. It is meant to have all nations and all peoples as...

God’s Invitation to the Wedding Feast

Usually, we let Jesus get away with a lot of stuff just because he is the Son of God and can do no wrong. However, if we start from this standpoint, we will fail to appreciate the message Jesus wants to leave with us on this 22nd Sunday in Ordinary...