Give Me Five!
A monthly series in Vincentian Voices where we ask five random questions to an Eastern Province Priest or Brother.
This month, we talk with Fr. Richard Rock, CM, who serves at St. John’s University in New York. We thought we’d ask Fr. Rock a few questions.
- Can you tell us a family tradition you had growing up that was meaningful to you and/or your family?
Thanksgiving and Christmas were always special to our family. It was a time that we gather around the table and celebrate with one another. It was also a time when other family members (aunts, uncles, and cousins) got together and shared their stories. It was always a fun time.
- What was your favorite course or subject in seminary and why?
As I look back on my seminary training I would have to say it was the moral theology courses. They gave you a framework and a lens to help you appreciate the importance of doing that which is good, that which is right, and that which is just. I truly believe when we do this we become the best version of ourselves.
- If you did not have (and answered) your calling to the priesthood, what career might you have pursued?
As I think about it I would probably be a social worker or a police officer. Both of them are helping professions.
- Besides connecting with family and friends, what do you like to do in your free time?
I do love sports very much and I always enjoy going to baseball, football, and basketball games. Over the last 10 years, I started to play golf. Even though I am not good at it, I enjoy being with the people I play with. Is it time just to focus on the game.
- If you could have dinner with one non-religious historical figure (dead or alive), who would it be and why? What might you ask them?
There’s lots of people I would like to meet, but when I think about it I would’ve loved to have met President John F Kennedy. He was the first Catholic president. I would’ve love to sit down and have a conversation with him. He was a man of wisdom.