St. Philip Neri’s Father Fuller celebrated his birthday last month. Students of the school drafted letters with well wishes for the priest, but below the congratulatory sentiments, inquiries regarding the man’s life and call to the vocation were noted.
Father Fuller felt the need to visit classrooms to discuss and answer the questions of the young people. A list of all questions were printed off and according to class, Father addressed each question which allowed for open dialogue between the student and religious leader.
“Why did you become a priest?” “What is your favorite thing to do on your time off?” “How many people have you baptized?” “What is your favorite bible verse?”
The latter was answered by Father Fuller, “Matthew 28: 19-20, because of the end, ‘I am with you always.’ God is always present in our lives.”
Father continued reading down the list of questions answering his favorite hobbies, morning routines, challenges and rewards of being a priest, and notably the question, “If you could have anything in the world, what would it be?” Father answered after a few seconds of thought, “I can’t think of anything that I want that I don’t already have now.”