Fr Adilso Coehlo, CO

Posted on Aug 23, 2011

Fr Adilso Coehlo, CO

Father Adilso Coelho, C.O.    March 18th, 1969. It was a beautiful day in Anitapolis, a small town of Santa Catarina State, Brazil.   Mrs. Coelho delivered on that day the Coelho’s third child whom the proud father,   Arni Coelho,  named after the Country star basketball player Adilso.    As a child the first memory I have was the celebration of my fourth birthday: my  grandmother gave me a little chicken which I named Zezeca  and it became my first pet.  With my brother and sister, I always loved playing mass and I never allowed anyone else being the priest.  A few years later when Zezeca died, we had for her a long and sad funeral.   Throughout the following months and maybe years, I definitely burned hundreds of candles on her grave.   When I was seven we moved to Santo Amaro da Imperatriz, where I started grade school.  In the new town I also joined the parish children’s choir and became an altar server.  Father Adalberto became an inspiration to all the kids.  He always had a beautiful smile on his face and something sweet in his pocket to give to all the children.  At that age I started telling my parents that I wanted to be a priest like Father Adalberto.  We were all sad when he was moved to another parish and really devastated a few months later when we heard that he had died.  The new priest, Father Inacio, started a vocation discernment group in the parish.  I joined in the very beginning. When I was eleven, with the blessing of my parents, I left home to join the Franciscan seminary.   The seminary always had very busy schedule. It was based on the regular elementary school classes, spiritual exercises, sports, special music and communication classes and farm work.  After three years I moved to Sao Paulo State, where the high school seminary was located in a town called Agudos.  It was during those years that I had the opportunity of meeting Father Rozantimo, who after being ordained was put to work in my home parish.  Since we first met, he became an inspiration and a very good friend of mine and to my whole family.  (Thank you, Father Rozantimo, for being here today to celebrate this special moment with me!).     Following high school came the Franciscan novitiate year which ended with the reception of the habit and the profession of the temporary vows. Right after that I started my philosophical studies in Curitiba, Parana State where I graduated after three years. My next move was to Petropolis, Rio de Janeiro State, for the Theological studies. In Petropolis I faced a very  difficult vocational crisis. After three years of personal questioning, I left the Franciscan Order in 1994. At the end of that same year I moved to the United States. I arrived in Maryland, and Baltimore became my new hometown.  I tried different things, but the desire to be a priest was still there. After a long period of discernment, in 1998 I joined the Rock Hill Oratory which I came to know thanks to a magazine called Vision that I found at the national Shrine in  Washington, DC.  The novitiate was the first step, followed by two years of Theology in New Orleans. On August 23rd, 2001.      I was ordained a deacon at the Oratory, and after three months, November 24th, 2001, at Saint Anne Church, I was ordained a priest by Bishop David Thompson.  My first assignment was with Father William Pentis at Saint Anne.  After two years I was appointed canonical  pastor. I worked at Saint Anne for nine years and since it was in the grounds of that parish that I was made a priest and walked my first steps, I will always consider that the mother  parish of my priesthood. In 2010 I was transferred to Divine Saviour Parish in York. This  community has been a blessing in my life. As a real family we have walked together to  accomplish the things that only really close family can. To each one of you I want to say only one thing: I love you! Thanks a lot for being there for me and for making me believe that the impossible does not exist when we have and share real faith in Jesus Christ.



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