Hospital and youth ministry; baking; canary breeding; photography
Fr. Sal joined the Society in 1961 as a Jesuit brother and was ordained to the priesthood in 1977. First trained as a baker, he was one of the first Jesuits to become a registered nurse. He headed the infirmary at Woodstock College during 1966-71. Fr. Sal then received a BS in psychology from St. Joseph's University and did graduate work at St. Louis University. He was a retreat director at Faulkner Retreat House for six years and started a wilderness retreat program for teen-agers there. He later served at St. Ignatius Church in southern Maryland and at St. Raphael's Church in Raleigh, NC.
Fr. Sal served as a chaplain at GU hospital from 1985-93. During this time--the height of the AIDS epidemic--he founded LifeLine Support Group for AIDS patients and their families.
During their years as brothers, Fr. Sal and Fr. Rick Curry baked all bread and desserts for the 240 seminarians at the Wernersville novitiate during 1961-64.
Hospital chaplaincy; retreat work; youth ministry. Fr. Sal, a native or Puerto Rico, has always been involved in Hispanic ministry.
By Fr. Paul Coutinho, S.J.: How Big Is Your God?, Just as You Are, An Ignatian Pathway :
"Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die, life is a broken-winged bird that cannot fly!" (Anonymous)