Fr. Sebastian Venni is from the diocese of Trichirapalli, Tamilnadu, South India. Soon after completing his undergraduate work, while preparing himself for business school and to take up his dad’s business, Fr. Sebastian was led into a powerful retreat by the will of God which served as a turning point in his life and made him decide about his vocation to the priesthood. He joined the seminary and did his philosophy studies in Arulanandar College and his theology at Sacred Heart Seminary in Tamilnadu. Fr. Sebastian was ordained for the diocese of Trichirapalli on May 2, 2004. Soon after his ordination, Fr. Sebastian was appointed as the secretary to his Bishop Antony Devotta for 3 years. Later he was appointed as a parish priest of a newly erected Divine Mercy Parish at Nagamangalam, Trichy for a period of three years where he built a Church for Divine Mercy which is the first Church for Divine Mercy in his diocese of Trichy. He was also in charge of 2 primary schools during that time. In 2010, his Bishop asked him to serve the Diocese of La Crosse, Wisconsin where he served the combined parishes of Sacred Heart and Corpus Christi in Marshfield, Wisconsin. Considering the needs of his diocese at Trichy, Fr. Sebastian continues further studies at Loyola Marymount while a Priest-in-residence at St. Margaret Mary. He is now assigned to our Parish, at St. Barnabas! He’s a familiar face, since he’s helped us with Masses before. We are happy and blessed to have him here!!!