We are blessed to welcome Deacon Adam to St. Margaret Mary. A graduate of Winter Springs High School, he is no stranger to this area. After high school he attended culinary school and still nurses a passion for cooking. His priestly ordination was delayed due to the current pandemic, but has been rescheduled for July 27. After he serves three pastoral years in our diocese, he will then serve the Archdiocese for the Military Services.
Deacon Adam’s parents, Dominick and Colleen Marchese, live locally and he has a brother, Chris, who works as a paramedic. We look forward to welcoming them all.
In his words …
“Have you ever sat back, reflected on your life’s journey, and laughed now knowing where that journey’s taken you? Well, this is one of those moments where I have to sit back and laugh! My first memory of St. Margaret Mary is my brother’s confirmation in 1999. In 2004 I went on a trip with the youth group. I’ve come for daily Masses, friend’s weddings, and countless other events. Little did I know that this would be my first priestly assignment.
There are some priests who say they heard the call when they were very young. That’s not the case for me, although I did know exactly what I wanted to do from a young age. I was determined to become a chef. For my thirteenth birthday, I asked my parents for a smoker. I started working in restaurants when I was sixteen, and went to culinary school after graduating in 2008 from Winter Springs High School.
In 2010, I began working at a Ritz Carlton golf club in Jupiter, FL. Everything seemed to be going according to plan. I was doing the job that I loved, and my life was seemingly in order. At the same time, I felt like something was missing. I went into the chapel one day to pray and asked God, “how are you calling me to serve your Church?” The response was gentle, but direct. “What about becoming a priest?” For months that’s all I could think about. I’d sit at work, doing the job I loved all the while thinking about what life as a priest would be like. After months of prayer and consideration, I decided a take the leap of faith, quit my job, move out of my home, and enter the seminary in 2012. God has continued to affirm me in that decision with many graces.
Throughout my time in seminary, I constantly prayed for the people I would one day serve. While I didn’t know who you were, I’ve loved you from the very beginning. For you, I’d leave everything behind all over again. Little did I know you were right here in front of me the whole time.”
-Deacon Adam Marchese