“Being a priest was always my dream,” said Msgr. Vidal Arboleda, who is celebrating 60 years of priesthood. He was ordained to the priesthood on November 27, 1955 in Colombia and came to the Diocese of Orlando from the Diocese of Jerico.
“My priesthood has been full of joy,” he said. “I enjoy every encounter I have with the people of God. People come to me to talk and I love sharing the love of God with them. Having the opportunity to share a word of hope is always rewarding and I have enjoyed every moment.”
“When visiting the ill, sometimes I also have the pleasure to share with the caregivers and they are always grateful to receive the priest at their house. It gives them hope,” he added.
Msgr. Vidal was incardinated a Diocese of Orlando priest in 1992 by Bishop Norbert Dorsey and he served at St. John Vianney Parish in Orlando from 1982 until his retirement in 1995.
“The greatest gratification of my priesthood is the celebration of the Eucharist. At the moment of the elevation of the Body and Blood of Christ, I experiment a lot of joy,” said Father Arboleda.
Now retired and living in his native country Colombia, Msgr. Arboleda reflected on the greatest moments of his ministry.
“Taking care of the people at the Sacrament of Reconciliation and seeing the gladness in the people also gives me satisfaction. I have lived my priesthood with love and devotion. I have had the opportunity to teach the people of God, how magnificent the Eucharist is.”