Meet another member of South Florida's many-sided faith community. This week we're talking with the Rev. David Toups, incoming rector at St. Vincent de PaulMajor Seminary, near Boynton Beach.
Q: What's the one most mistaken impression about priests?
A: That they're lonely. The reality is that our hearts are extremely full of love for the people we serve. Which is why they call us Father. As we serve the family, our lives are full.
Q: How do you handle the image problem of priests with seminarians?
A: With good images. Only a small percentage of priests have sinned egregiously. The vast majority are healthy, holy, balanced people. Our seminaries are at record enrollment, including the one here in Florida. Men are still responding to the call, despite the sometimes negative image portrayed by the media.
Q: Do you have an overall philosophy of ministry?
A: Somebody asked me that at Christ the King in Tampa. I said my only agenda is that Jesus Christ is Lord. If we keep that at the center, everything else falls into place.
Q: How do you like to relax?
A: I enjoy exercising, doing yard work, jogging, biking.
Q: How about favorite film(s)?
A: I just watched "The Avengers." It helped for good homilies (sermons) with teens. Each of the persons [in the movie] had natural gifts and supernatural powers. But they couldn't defeat the evil by themselves. They had to work together. That's what the church is. We have to work together.
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More about Toups
Other job experience: Pastor of Christ the King Catholic Church, Tampa; former director of Secretariat of Clergy, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops; former professor of theology and dean of students,St. Vincent de Paul Regional Seminary.
Education: Degree in philosophy, St. John Vianney College Seminary, Miami; licentiate in dogmatic theology, Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome; doctorate in sacred theology at Angelicum, Rome.
Personal: 41. Born in Seattle. Raised in Houma, La. Moved to Clearwater in high school years.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun