ORLANDO | Father Justin Vakko’s silver anniversary celebration during the Chrism Mass brought with it yet another joy as he also became a diocesan priest that day. Incardinated into the Diocese of Orlando by Bishop John Noonan, he said he looks forward to continuing to pastor his parish, Prince of Peace in Ormond Beach, and serve the diocese with humility.
“It is always my prayer, and I am always aware that God called me,” he said. “God calls the weak in order to challenge or shame the strong. It is a simple reminder that God called the foolish in order to shame the wise.”
Originally from Kerala, India, Father Vakko was a Discalced Carmelite before becoming incardinated. He said growing up, the Catholic Church was like a second home to him. He and his seven brothers and sisters were at church daily, praying as a family. Thanking God for his family he said, “I am excited and grateful to God for all His many blessings and plan to continue to seek God’s blessings in the years to come. God is always good to me and generous. I continue to trust in God’s mercy and to be faithful to Him always.”
By Glenda Meekins of the Florida Catholic staff, April 7, 2023