It is not uncommon these days for the media to have a ‘First Person’ look at some well known public figure/celebrity, giving his a glimpse into the life of the rich and famous. The local newspaper for Gwent does its very own ‘First Person’ look at well known faces around the city of Newport and surrounding areas. This past week, the well known figure of the community will have been a familiar face to the parishioners of All Saints parish, Newport with its nine churches, as the feature was Deacon Pasquale Cinotti.
As well as being on of the permanent deacons of our diocese, Pasquale runs a very successful food business with his brother Sergio. With two highly successful restaurants and a dessert factory, the Cinotti’s are well known around Newport, so the South Wales Argus thought it would be good to feature one of the brothers. In a piece entitled “FIRST PERSON: Pasquale Cinotti on his journey from serving in the Italian police to owning the Gemelli restaurants in Newport”, Deacon Pasquale talks about his life, his family and the central role God has taken within his life.
Pasquale confesses that whilst working as a police officer back in Italy he was a self-confessed “atheist” and his journey of faith began with one simple question by a colleague ‘Do you believe in God?’
Deacon Pasquale is known for his zeal in preaching and entering into discussions with people who ask him about his faith. It seems that the same zeal was evident back then as he admits that he would often give his colleagues reasons for not believing. Taking leaps of faith is nothing new for Pasquale as he discerned the call to move to the United Kingdom, establish a very successful business and ultimately a Vocation to the Permanent Diaconate.
The segment written by Tomos Povey of the South Wales Argus give a fascinating insight into the life of one of our deacons and presents the reader with food for thought, especially how a simple question can open a doorway to God. Deacon Pasquale also works as a member of the Diocesan Evangelisation Team.
You can read the full article on the South Wales Argus website by using the link below.