Student Spotlight: Diego Menniti
Fr. Diego Menniti, a priest of the Archdiocese of Catanzaro-Squillace in Calabria, Italy, was ordained on June 27, 2015. In 2016, he obtained his licentiate in Moral-Social Theology (S. Th. L. M.A. equiv.) from the Istituto Teologico Calabro, where he studied under Prof. Antonio G. Spagnolo. Fr. Menniti was appointed head of the preparatory year at the Pontifical Regional Seminary, "St Pius X" of Catanzaro, for the 2017-2018 academic year. He started post-graduate studies (M.A. in Bioethics) at Loyola Marymount University at the beginning of the 2018-19 academic year.
How did you become interested in Bioethics?
Ever since I was a child I have always had different visions of my future. My father’s numerous National Geographic magazines and films, such as Indiana Jones, along with my “Academic” high school diploma and humanities education, made me daydream of a possible career as an Egyptologist (a milieu that still fascinates me). Having been born in a family of orthopaedists (my grandfather, my father and my uncle), I fell in love with medicine, and especially with the idea of being in an operating room. But, not everything in life is equal in certainty. Although, in the end the desire to become a doctor prevailed over the desire to be a scholar of ancient Egypt, the encounter with faith led me to accept, instead, a vocation to the priesthood. Thereafter, I fell in love with Bioethics because it is a subject that combines all my passions. Bioethics as a discipline, I think, is a synthesis of Philosophy, Theology, Ethics, Medicine and Law, which aims at one thing alone, the custody of man and creation.
What is your favorite kind of food?
As a good Italian, I love pizza. It is always a good time for pizza. Even though I have to admit that I love any kind of food, and I enjoy trying new cuisines from different cultures.
What is your favorite destination and why?
My favorite destination is Rome. Every time it is possible to discover something new. One life time would not be enough to explore it completely physically and historically.
Who is your favorite sports team and why?
AC Milan! I grew up watching their games with my Dad and brother. I grew to love the sport of football (soccer) for the passion on the field and in the stands. At that time all the best champions were on the team, so it was easy to love AC Milan.