Returning from Rome he was assigned as a judge and defender of the bond for the Tribunal.
About a year and a half later he was appointed the Judicial Vicar for the Diocese.
Recalling his earliest thoughts of becoming a priest, Fr Chuck Slisz remembers at the age of five years old, “sitting in a little chair all by myself and saying, ‘God, could I be a priest when I grow up? He attended Infant of Prague Elementary School and then entered the Diocesan Preparatory Seminary.
’ I saw priests at church but didn’t know anything about how that happens.” Whenever people asked what he wanted to be when he grew up he would respond – a priest. He was the only one of his siblings to be born in a hospital. He was there for 8 or 9 years and then moved on to become pastor of St. After graduating from there he went to Wadhams Hall Seminary College and then the North American College in Rome.
During this time he was also in residence and assisted at Blessed Sacrament Parish in Buffalo.
Father Sal still practices Canon Law for the Diocese of Buffalo some 26 years later.
A member of the first class to go through Bishop Turner High School, he graduated in 1963. He had lots of friends, went to dances and had a steady girlfriend. He set young Chuck up for the Diocesan Seminary entrance exam and the rest, as they say, is history! Chuck said his first Mass on the anniversary of his First Communion at his home parish, St. His began his priestly ministry at Holy Spirit in North Buffalo. He was curious about the prospect and found a card in church with information. His parents didn’t know about it until they saw the correspondence in their mail box.Accepted at three colleges he planned to get a degree in History, graduate, get married and teach history. Father Sal recalled, “My parents encouraged me and all my siblings in whatever we were doing.He recalled sitting at a desk at home doing homework during his senior year and hearing a voice in his head say, “I thought you wanted to be a priest.” Fr. They didn’t single anyone out for what they were interested in.He added, “When you’re in the seminary it’s a lot of work and studying but you have to remember to enjoy what you’re doing. As a priest, one day you’re helping someone deal with the loss of a family member, the next, you are celebrating a joyful moment in their lives.You never know what each day will bring.” He advises that if you enter into every situation with the heart of a parish priest, you will be able to deal with everything through the grace of God.