Rev. William J. Nessel, OSFS

About Rev. William J. Nessel, OSFS

Rev. William J. Nessel, OSFS, received a BA in philosphy, an MA in political science, and a JCD degree all from Catholic University of America, as well as a MDiv from St Charles Borromeo Seminary in Philadelphia. He was director of personnel, planning and continuing education for the Oblates of St. Francis De Sales, Wilmington, Delaware. He was teacher and director of summer sessions at De Sales University, Center Valley, Pennsylvania. Fr. Nessel was the founding pastor of St. Francis de Sales Church, Robesonia, Pennsylvania. He was pastor of Sacred Heart Church, Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, as well as founding pastor of St. George Church where he served for 16 years. He retired from pastoral work in 2004, and is currently national assistant director of the Secular Institute of St. Francis de Sales in the U.S.A., and assist at St. Leo's Church, Archdiocese of Philadelphia He has written four books, and published over 40 articles, in addition to many book reviews. HPR has published two articles since his retirement, and many before that, beginning in the 1960s. He has held many offices, served on many boards and engaged in other ministries over the years.

Salesian Reflections on Divine Mercy

St. Francis de Sales’ ideas on divine mercy contained in his Spiritual Conferences, the Treatise on the Love of God and the Introduction to a Devout Life, provide for a most worthy reflection this time of year. You may be content reflecting … [Read more...]

The Transforming Power of Love

A rich Japanese widower decided to retire from the city to a high cliff above the ocean. He built a beautiful mansion overlooking the ocean and was very happy, surrounded by beauty and solitude. He liked to gaze down the beach and observe … [Read more...]

Why Me?

“I am the potter, you are the clay.” An American couple who like to shop for antiques entered a store in England. They spotted an exceptional tea cup. As the clerk handed them the cup, it suddenly spoke up, “I haven’t always been a tea cup. … [Read more...]

Let More Sunshine in Your Life

A gentle man understands it is wiser to live without anger than to try to make moderate use of it. He knows that as soon as he is surprised by anger, it is better to turn from it than to start a discussion with it. The woman caught in … [Read more...]

Lenten Reflections: Patience

We should rejoice that through our unique flaws, God is teaching us the lesson of patience. Jesus Preaching by Tissot Patience is one of the “little virtues.” We may never be called upon to practice heroic virtues, such as martyrdom. How … [Read more...]