His description of the ideal priest:
"Someone who prays and knows how to teach others to do that. Also, someone who is able to help people make the connection between God's word and their life."

Greatest joy:
"It's a repeat experience. When somebody comes and is able to express to me that my ministry has made a difference and enabled them to connect with God."

Priestly stereotype that should be discarded:
"That the priest has a better or more direct connection with God than lay people do."

Times he has failed as a priest:
"When I spoke too quickly, too harshly. Mostly cases of putting my foot in my mouth. Depending on the circumstances, you don't always get a second chance."

What the seminary did not prepare him for:
"The seminary gives you a foundation of theological knowledge. But the priesthood is mostly on-the-job training."

"It's a repeat experience. When somebody comes and is able to express to me that my ministry has made a difference and enabled them to connect with God."

Person, other than Christ, that he most admires:
"The late Msgr. Dominic Barry, my pastor as a kid at Immaculate Conception Parish in Hialeah. He was the epitome of a good pastor an excellent image of what a good shepherd should be."

Thing he most fears:
"Nothing. We're in God's hands. God holds us and sustains us. There's no place we can go outside of God's providence. So I don't know that there's anything I fear."

What he does on his days off:
"I sleep late. I either go to the movies or watch videos. I catch my breath."

Wrestling and rugby. He used to coach wrestling at Columbus High School and play rugby on the weekends but he cannot do that anymore. "It works on a teacher's schedule. It doesn't work on a parish priest's."

Most watched movie:"A Few Good Men" - he used it in his religion classes at Columbus.

Father Paul Edwards puts his feelings on his bumpersticker.

When he knew he wanted to be a priest:
"I've never consistently wanted to be anything else. Ever since kindergarten, that's all I ever wanted to do and all I ever wanted to be."

Who was most suprised by his vocation:

Favorite priestly assignment:
Teaching at Columbus High School in Miami, which he did for five years in the mid-1990's.

Greatest disappointment:
"When people get divorced. It's such an awful thing. It's so hurtful to them and to their families. It breaks the community of the church. It's almost never in their best interests. It's the single most painful thing that happens on a day to day basis."

Most difficult aspect of being a priest:
Finding time for a social life with lay people: "The time that most people are available is when I'm not. Even family celebrations such as Christmas or my mom's birthday inevitably have to be tailored around my schedule."

What lay people teach him:
"Not to take myself too seriously."

Pastor, St. Katharine
Drexel Parish, Weston

Born in Illinois in 1954, he

grew up in Hialeah, entered

the seminary at 15 and was

ordained for the Archdiocese

of Miami in 1983. He is

founding pastor of two-year-

old St. Katharine Drexel

Parish in Weston, a growing

community of more than 600

families, about 60 percent

Hispanics from various

countries in South America.

Father Edwards learned to

speak Spanish by "hanging

out with the Cubans in

Hialeah." He also taught

himself Slavic during

summer visits to his

mother's family in Slovakia.

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