Congratulations Father Ficara and Father Noe!!!
We have two new priests! Thank you to Father Jonathan Ficara and Father Martin Noe for your yes to The Lord! Thank you Your Excellency, Bishop Cote for calling both these men to Holy Orders and for Ordaining them priests of Jesus Christ on the morning of July 26, 2014, just a few weeks ago. Thank you Msgr. Brown for your extraordinary work as Master of Ceremonies, and too the secretaries at the chancery for assisting in much of the preparation work and the diocesan maintenance men who assisted in cleaning and setting up the Cathedral for what was a tremendously joy filled, inspiring, and very moving two hour Ordination Mass.
Thanks also goes to Mr. Doug Green and the Cathedral choir! Their dedication to sacred music assists so greatly in lifting up the minds and hearts of all who participate in the sacred liturgies celebrated throughout each year. Also, thank you to the Knights of Columbus honor guard which added great solemnity to the prayer of the day.
It was such a magnificently inspiring and religious experience as many people mentioned to me after the ordination of these two fine men. It also was the answer to many prayers from all of you around the diocese who have attended monthly holy hours during these past four years, those who have been praying for our seminarians at each of the perpetual adoration chapels around the diocese, those who have daily, weekly and monthly been offering special prayers as members of the diocesan vocation prayer team.
I admit that the excitement and inspiring liturgy of the sacrament of Holy Orders, always brings me back to my own priestly ordination. Watching up close, because of my role as assistant mc, my emotions grabbed me a couple of times during this special day. Especially as I witnessed both Father Ficara and Father Martin give their first priestly blessing to Bishop Cote and then to their immediate families. It was not until later in the day that I realized on a personal level how draining the excitement of the witnessing their priestly ordinations was having also walked with both men these past six years as their vocation director. What a joy, what a blessing for the diocese and for the Church. Please God continue to grant the grace of perseverance to each of our seminarians who are still are on the road walking with you as they answer your call. Please God continue to answer our prayers of sending laborers to your vineyard called the Diocese of Norwich, and many religious consecrated vocations as well.
As mentioned in the June article of the Vocation Corner, this section of the article is to assist in keeping you up to date on goings on with the seminarians. More Great News Here! We are thrilled to announce that His Excellency Bishop Cote has accepted two more men, both from our own diocese, to study for the priesthood! First is Deacon Ron Blank who has been serving as a permanent deacon in the diocese for just over ten years at Notre Dame parish in Durham Connecticut and recently also at Saint Colman parish in Middlefield. Deacon Ron will be attending Saint John XXIII National Seminary beginning in later this month in Weston Massachusetts. Second is Michael Bovino who is from St. Michaels parish in Pawcatuck Connecticut. Michael graduated from UCONN two years ago and just finished two years of service as a Fellowship of Catholic University Missionary this past May. Michael will be attending Mount Saint Mary seminary also beginning later this month down in Emmitsburg Maryland.
We also have exciting news regarding Juan Aguirre, our student from Medellin Colombia, who has been studying English the last two years at Clark University in Worcester MA. Juan will be attending Saint Mary Seminary in Baltimore Maryland starting later in August. Because of his already extensive theological studies we are waiting to find out for sure which year of theology Juan will be placed in.
Please keep seminarian Tom Griffin in your prayers as he is continuing a speedy recovery from surgery earlier in June. He is on track to return to studies also later this month if all continues well and will be joined by both Frank Gilbert and Deacon Ron at Saint John XXIII National seminary.
Regarding our request for prayers we also ask you to keep Kurt O'Brien in your prayers as he finishes his fourth year of college and has decided to pull back for a personal year of discernment while doing so.
Finally, we welcome home from six weeks in Guatemala both Jeff Ellis and Peter Langevin who were taking part in a spanish immersion program. Please watch in upcoming issues for their reflections on those six weeks, both in English and Spanish!
As we now anticipate the beginning of another academic/formation year for our seminarians and continue to glow in the joy of the gift of two newly ordained priests, please continue to stay alert for those in your own daily life who you may recognize as having special priestly qualities. You might be asked by God to direct them towards also recognizing His Call!