Photos of Filipino priest Ferdinand “Ferdi” Santos have been making rounds on social media.
Santos is not just a professor of philosophy and theology, he is also a certified fitness coach who gave up the prestigious position of Rector at the St. John Vianney Seminary in Florida to work in depressed parishes.
While some were captivated by his stunning looks, others were skeptical and claimed his photos were edited.
“There’s all sorts of things going on out there, including people talking about how there’s this ‘young’ priest who’s come home. Heavens! That would be great! Young at heart, hopefully forever, yes,” Fr. Ferdi said.
“Ladies and gentlemen, yours truly is old! And dang proud of it!!! The photos people have drawn from my FB page span 17 years!,” said Fr. Ferdi, along with a photo he took today, August 31.
But Fr. Ferdi clarified his photos were not edited, saying “I don’t have the sophistication or the time to waste to do that kind of work.”
He cautioned netizens not to expect to see him as his “30+-year-old self.”
“I’ve been a Roman Catholic priest for 22 amazing years and I’ve been happy and fulfilled in every single one of them,” he said.
The priest also stressed that there’s more to life than the superficial. “It’s a truly blessed life, because one is able to help people, to bring them to God, and to be a reminder to them, and to the whole world, that there’s so much more to life than constantly running after things that will never fully satisfy us no matter how much of them we amass for ourselves.”
Still, netizens said Fr. Ferdi looks great as he aged like fine wine. 📸 Fr. Ferdinand Santos