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WELCOME FATHER GARY!
Father Gary De Los Santos, originally from the Philippines, has a degree in business administration and came to the U.S. in 1991 to work as an investment banker and Trust analyst. Settling in Miami Shores, he joined St. Rose of Lima Parish, where he first assumed the duties of sacristan and eventually worked as parish manager.
An adventurous and competitive soul, he took evening culinary classes at Johnson & Wales University in North Miami and opened his own catering company. He's run the Tough Mudder and 17 half marathons, ranked as a "power seller" on eBay, won a key lime pie-eating contest in Key West and a Honda Element from a local radio station, and even applied to compete on the Food Network's "Chopped."
An avid football and hockey fan, Father Gary used to celebrate Mass for the Miami Dolphins when they hosted the home game. "Twenty years from now, I can say my life is colorful. I have a lot of stories to tell."
He began discerning a vocation to the priesthood in 2009. The trigger came one night as he closed the church after a wedding. Alone in the dark, he was walking back to the sacristy when he looked at the crucifix on the altar. "It was the only thing lit, and then suddenly I said, what if you become a priest?"
He had utterly forgotten that, as a child, he used to play at being a priest, using the white cardboard under the lid of a Nescafe jar as the host.
"I want challenges," Father Delos Santos said, and fate has obliged. He left everything behind to enter the seminary, where he was always the oldest of the men. He spent two years of Pre-Theology studies at St. John Vianney College Seminary in Miami and four years of Divinity Studies at St. Vincent de Paul Regional Seminary in Boynton Beach. His mother and one sister died during his first three years of study.
He was ordained to Priesthood on the 100th anniversary of the first apparition of Fatima on May 13th, 2017. His first parish assignment was at St. Gregory Church in Plantation; then, he was moved to St. David Church in Davie. Before his assignment at St. John the Baptist, he was the Parochial Vicar at All Saints. Father Gary is looking forward to continuing his Priestly ministry with St. John the Baptist community.
PRAYER OF THE WEEK
Prayer for the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Almighty ever-living God, who assumed the Immaculate Virgin Mary, the Mother of your Son, body and soul into heavenly glory, grant, we pray, that, always attentive to the things that are above, we may merit to be sharers of her glory. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.