Hello! Some of you might be wondering more about me. Here’s some trivia: I enjoy cooking, although more for a group than for one! I also enjoy reading. Two of my favorite authors are Matthew Reilly and Morris West. Even though I was born and raised in Wisconsin, I’m not much of a football fan. I do love soccer though, both domestic (MLS and USL) and international. My favorite domestic soccer team is DC United—and that was true even before I lived in Washington, DC!—and also Loudoun United (who are not having a great season, currently sitting at the bottom of the conference). Finally, I’m a coin collector (a numismatist). My grandfather was also a coin collector and gave me first coin to collect—a Peace silver dollar—and I was hooked ever since.
You might be interested to know my assignments as a seminarian for the Diocese of La Crosse: During the summer of 2010, I was assigned abroad to the Parish of Our Lady and St. George in Walthamstow, London, England in the Diocese of Brentwood where I served the parish and its schools, and served as an assistant chaplain to Whipps Cross University Hospital, which houses one of the largest and busiest emergency departments in the United Kingdom. During the academic years of 2011–2013, I was assigned in Rome to the parish of St. Susanna where I taught confirmation for two years and served as a deacon in 2012–2013. During the summers of 2011 & 2012, I was assigned to SS. Peter and Paul Parish in Independence, Wisconsin as well as St. John the Apostle Parish in Whitehall, Wisconsin. During the summer of 2012, I also assisted at St. Ansgar Parish in Blair, Wisconsin. I look back on all of these assignments with great joy—and some difficulty, no doubt—but they helped me not only to discern my call to the priesthood but also to learn effective pastoral ministry.
In the forthcoming columns, I’ll mention a bit more about myself and my priestly assignments and what exactly it means to have a “canon lawyer” as your new pastor. I’ve been enjoying meeting all of you. If you’re around the parish offices and my door is open, please stop in and say hello. Finally, as many of you have asked: I do prefer to go by “Father Guanella” or, as the kids at Regis High School would call me: “Father G.” Thanks! Have a great week!