Reader's Retrospective: Vince Pishioneri

This article appears in the Reader's Retrospective feature series. View the full series.

For Vince Pishioneri, NCR's coverage of the anti-war movement during the Vietnam War was a contributing factor in his growing appreciation that current events should be considered through a moral lens.

With little access to other news sources while studying as a seminarian at Benedictine-run St. Vincent Archabbey in western Pennsylvania, Pishioneri relied on NCR to provide news updates in a "unique, different light."

After three years of studying theology, Pishioneri realized that his desire to serve people would take him beyond the institutional church. He made the decision to follow the call of the "social Gospel." While teaching theology at Marywood University in Scranton, Pa., he enrolled as a student in the university's School of Social Work.

After working at a Methodist treatment center, Pishioneri was given the opportunity to launch a clinical and residential program as a part of the newly created Barry Robinson Institute (now the Barry Robinson Center), a treatment center for emotionally and behaviorally troubled children in Norfolk, Va.

While there, he attended the Church of the Holy Apostles, located on the center's campus and serving both Catholic and Anglican communities. Pishioneri recalled that parishioners of both congregations would sit in the center between facing altars and participate in liturgies of the Word and the Eucharist that would often overlap and meld.

Help fund independent Catholic journalism.
Donate now.

For the rest of his career, Pishioneri continued his work in the clinical field, with mostly children and families. He worked both at a large private practice and at a psychiatric treatment center in the Hampton Roads area of Virginia, where he served as clinical director, among other duties.

Pishioneri and Patty, his wife of 45 years, live in Virginia Beach near their adult sons and their families, where he has embraced retirement: fishing on a small lake, kayaking, volunteering with Catholic Charities, and practicing the concept of mindfulness and Zen since "nothing is more important than this day." His other newfound hobby: becoming licensed as an amateur radio operator. Since 2011, he has connected with other amateur radio operators in 100 countries and all over the U.S.

This story appeared in the June 5-18, 2015 print issue under the headline: NCR a reader's retrospective: Vince Pishioneri .

Support independent reporting on important issues.

 One family graphic_2016_250x103.jpg

Show comments

NCR Comment code: (Comments can be found below)

Before you can post a comment, you must verify your email address at
Comments from unverified email addresses will be deleted.

  • Be respectful. Do not attack the writer. Take on the idea, not the messenger.
  • Don't use obscene, profane or vulgar language.
  • Stay on point. Comments that stray from the original idea will be deleted. NCR reserves the right to close comment threads when discussions are no longer productive.

We are not able to monitor every comment that comes through. If you see something objectionable, please click the "Report abuse" button. Once a comment has been flagged, an NCR staff member will investigate.

For more detailed guidelines, visit our User Guidelines page.

For help on how to post a comment, visit our reference page.

Commenting is available during business hours, Central time, USA. Commenting is not available in the evenings, over weekends and on holidays. More details are available here. Comments are open on NCR's Facebook page.