Two Ordinations This Past Summer are Signs of Things to Come

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On May 25, 2013 Father Brian Maxwell was ordained to the Priesthood of Jesus Christ through the laying on of hands by Most Reverend Michael R. Cote, D.D., Bishop of Norwich. With the Cathedral of Saint Patrick in Norwich still going through the final weeks of a three year restoration, over 350 people, plus nearly forty brother priests concelebrating and his fellow seminarians serving the ordination Mass, it was truly a day of blessing for the Diocese of Norwich. At the end of the Mass Bishop Cote announced that Father Maxwell would begin his priesthood serving the parish community of Saint Bernard in Rockville Connecticut with the guidance of Father Ricard as pastor. Fr. Maxwell knows the parish well having served his fourth year in the seminary there on weekends throughout the past year. Two weeks later, on Saturday June 8, 2013, also in Norwich but this time across the river at the Church of Saints Peter and Paul, Martin Noe was ordained to the transitional diaconate, also by Most Reverend Michael R. Cote, Bishop of Norwich. In a smaller church with a much more intimate crowd there to celebrate the receiving of the first step of Holy Orders, Rev. Mr. Martin Noe beamed with joy as family joined in the celebration having traveled from Florida to be there for this special day. Following his diaconate ordination Deacon Martin spent the rest of June and July serving as a deacon at Christ the King parish in Old Lyme Connecticut under the guidance and wisdom of Msgr. Thomas R. Bride. Deacon Martin returns in late August to Holy Apostles Seminary in Cromwell Connecticut for his final year of studies and formation as he prepares, prays and hopes to be called along with Jonathan Ficara to be ordained a priest for the diocese in the June of 2014. Later this fall, Jonathan Ficara who is studying over in Rome and also entering his final year of study and formation before ordination, will be ordained a deacon in early October and then God willing will be ordained the same day along with Deacon Martin. All this is a sign of things to come! We have three men the following year to be ordained deacons and two others who will be placed back in the seminary to complete their studies after having studied English in an intensive two year program. In addition to all of that we have one newly accepted seminarian who hopes to begin studies in the Fall of 2014 and the possibility of a few more men who may also have by that time taken the step to apply to the diocese and God - Willing will have been accepted and also be ready to begin their studies and formation for Holy Priesthood. This is all why the daily, weekly and monthly prayers around the diocese that are being offered are so important. Please continue to pray for the Harvest Master to send us many good and holy priestly vocations.

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