Born on October 23, 1947, grew up with his family on Staten Island, New York City, USA where he remembers special times of Sunday Gatherings with his Italian family and friends. As a child he loved beach parties and riding the Cyclone Roller Coaster at Coney Island.
While other grade two boys dreamed of being a policeman, Astronaut or Firefighter, this young Father Sam knew he wanted to be a Priest. With this goal in mind he set forth into the world and realized his dream on February 15, 1979 when he was ordained at St Edward the Confessor Parish on Arlington St in Winnipeg, MB. He remembers that day vividly as it was -42 below zero and with the wind chill of -50, just another typical Manitoba winter. He joined the Archdiocese of Winnipeg when he was in his last year of Theological studies.
His ministry started at St. Peter’s Parish on Keewatin, where he worked for 5 months, he was ordained a deacon at this parish on May 13, 1978. He was transferred to St Edward the confessor on August 1, 1978 where he was associate pastor until 1982 and then became the pastor. He remained there until 1990. On July 1, 1990 he became the pastor at St Anthony of Padua in West Kildonan. Father Sam was transferred on August 1, 1995 to his present home at Holy Rosary Church.
When he has some spare time he enjoys movies and reading. Father Sam loves to travel his best trip and most favourite place to visit, is of course Italy, he visits there at least every two years. His best and most remembered trip was in 1997 when he flew from New York City to Italy and traveled to many beautiful cities, ate the best cuisine of Italy, stayed in villas at Portofino and enjoyed the history our homeland is so rich with.
Father Sam says he loves being a priest and wants to thank all of his parishioners from his first day at St Peters to now for blessing his life with their love, faith and generosity.