Welcome Fr. Christian Chami!

A Warm Welcome to Reverend Christian Chami, as Parochial Vicar of our Parish, effective July 18, 2022 until September 30, 2022. Father then returns to Rome to complete his Licentiate Studies at the Pontifical Atheneum of St. Anselm.

Fr. Christian Chami was ordained to the priesthood on July 16, 2022, by Bishop J. Dewane at Epiphany Cathedral in Venice. He was born in Montreal, Canada, raised in Naples since the age of 4, and is a graduate of Florida State University, where he first seriously heard the call for a vocation to the priesthood. His family is originally from Lebanon.

An accomplished swimmer in high school, Fr. Chami found through adversity that there was more to life than “looking at the bottom of the pool. The Lord always works in mysterious patterns… I would reach new heights as a swimmer and get hurt. It was then I realized that I needed to put God at the center of my life. So, I started asking; let me know Jesus, in a way I had never known before.” While at Florida State, Fr. Chami credits the Brotherhood of Hope, a religious order which runs the Catholic Student Union in Tallahassee, with teaching him how to pray with Scripture, pray silently, and how to properly discern.

“I just had this moment where I realized that saying yes to becoming a priest or religious brother didn’t cause a sadness in me,” Fr. Chami added. “Rather it was a joy. Because ultimately I’d be living and working with the Lord – and I wasn’t losing anything rather I was gaining something that I hadn’t seen before.” Since joining the Diocese as a seminarian, Fr. Chami graduated from St. John Vianney College Seminary in Miami and then studied at the Pontifical North American College in Rome. Within the Diocese, he has served pastoral assignments at St. Leo the Great Parish in Bonita Springs, Incarnation Parish in Sarasota, Sts. Peter and Paul the Apostles Parish in Bradenton and St. Francis Xavier Parish in Fort Myers.

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