Meet another member of South Florida's many-sided faith community. This week we're talking with the Very Rev. Chanel Jeanty, vicar general and chancellor for canonical affairs for the Archdiocese of Miami.
Q: How is a vicar general's job different from that of a bishop?
A: You carry the shadow of the bishop as his representative wherever you go. But you're also his counsel. A vicar general knows the thoughts, and is familiar with the judgment, of the bishop.
Q: Have you ever had to oppose Archbishop Wenski on anything?
A: (laugh) Then you're going to ask me what it was. We've had opposing views, but we're mostly on same page.
Q: What do you do as a chancellor?
A: A chancellor is a keeper of the gate. He interprets the law of the church and how it applies to the diocese. He makes sure everybody is online with what the church teaches. And he keeps the archives of the diocese and works to understand what a priest needs to function.
Q: Is it hard to balance all your roles?
A: It's challenging; I won't say hard. I've given myself to take all these positions. But every man has 24 hours a day. I do what I can.
Q: What's the most important thing you've ever learned?
A: In May, I was celebrating my eighth anniversary in the priesthood. I thought of making sense out of my life, to know when to trust the Lord. When I didn't, my life didn't make sense. At 40, I'm still an adolescent in that art. But I'm happy to be a priest, and doing it brings peace and joy to my heart.
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More about the Very Rev. Chanel Jeanty
Other job experience: Parochial vicar at St. Bartholomew Catholic Church, Miramar.
Education: Degree in philosophy at St. John Vianney College Seminary, Miami. Associate degree in administration and accounting at Broward Community College. Master's degree in divinity at St. Vincent de Paul Regional Seminary, near Boynton Beach. Ordained May 15, 2004. Licentiate in canon law, Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome.