Michael D’Ariano

Date of Ordination: June 11, 2005
Current Assignment: Holy Angels, Woodbury

My father migrated from Naples, Italy at age 23. We attended Calvary Bible Protestant Church in East Camden. At an early age, I was baptized as a Protestant. In my teen years, I hung with the “wrong crowd,” had stopped going to Church, quit school and joined the Navy. Following a 6-month tour in Viet Nam, I married Kathleen, my lovely wife. A year later I rededicated my life to God and in 1981 was ordinated as an Evangelical pastor. Ten years following, feeling an emptiness in my faith, I began a quest to “find Christ.” After four years of wandering, I converted to Catholicism, at age 50.

Having felt a call from God and inspired by Deacon Robert Kenney I entered the diaconate program. Following my ordination as a Permanent Deacon, I attended Neumann University and obtained a MS in Pastoral Counseling. My paradigm as a Spiritual Director is based on Jesus’s invitation, “Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest.” Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light”. My wife and I have four children and eight grandchildren. Throughout my spiritual journey and through times of doubt, God has proved faithful.