Former punk band guitarist, policeman ordained to Catholic priesthood

Two newly ordained Italian priests Bearded former punk band guitarist Father Giulio Vannucci and former policeman Father Michele Di Stefano flank Bishop Giovanni Nerbini following their June 8, 2024, ordination to the Catholic priesthood. | Credit: Diocese of Prato, Italy

The Cathedral of Prato, Italy, was the setting last Saturday for the ordination of a former punk band guitarist and policeman.

Father Giulio Vanucci, who has long hair and a beard and who earlier in life was part of the group i Quanti, a local punk band, was ordained along with Father Michele Di Stefano, a former police officer, by the bishop of Prato, Giovanni Nerbini.

“The Lord has not chosen administrators or supermen but simple and always generous people,” Nerbini said in his homily at the ordination Mass.

Vanucci, 38, was born in the town of Pistoia. Of his punk band past, he told the Italian newspaper Avvenire it was “a period in which I had a lot of fun and that I do not regret.” 

During the past eight years, Vanucci has worked as a bricklayer in a Catholic housing apostolate. “For me, being a priest means putting oneself even more at service, it means taking care of everything and everyone,” Vannucci said.

The other priest, Father Michele Di Stefano, 39, is a former police officer in the town of Bardonecchia. He completed his priestly formation in Florence.

“Today is not a goal achieved but rather the beginning of a new path, even an exhausting one,” Di Stefano said. “But I am sure that I am not alone and that I have God’s help. My intention is to be close to people who suffer, who feel alone,” said Di Stefano, who was accompanied by several policemen who were former colleagues of his.

In his homily prior to ordaining Father Guilio Vannucci and Father Michele Di Stefano, Bishop Giovanni Nerbini noted that "The Lord has not chosen administrators or supermen, but simple and always generous people." Credit: Diocese of Prato
In his homily prior to ordaining Father Guilio Vannucci and Father Michele Di Stefano, Bishop Giovanni Nerbini noted that "The Lord has not chosen administrators or supermen, but simple and always generous people." Credit: Diocese of Prato

This story was first published by ACI Prensa, CNA’s Spanish-language news partner. It has been translated and adapted by CNA.

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