As the pre-convention continues tomorrow for nearly 60-70 new vocation directors from across the country and Canada, other vocation directors will continue to arrive tonight and on Monday as we anticipate a gathering of 280 attendees for this 51st National Convention. Monday the pre-convention wraps up with meetings in the morning and afternoon focused on "Living in the Light" and then the opening Mass of Convention Week at 5:15pm. That will be followed by dinner and then the official gathering or "convocation" of all attendees.
Father Gregory Galvin
After a very enthusiastic confirmation retreat at St. Josheph Church in North Grovsnordale Connecticut yesterday, I drove three and half hours to the Hyatt Regency Hotel on Long Island NY and arrived for this coming week's convention.
This will be my last blog for the next two weeks as I will be away on vacation. Each of our seminarians will have arrived to their respective seminaries by the end of August 23, 2014 in order to start the coming year of study and formation. Please continue to keep them in your prayers and also please pray that while I take this short break, I may also return refreshed and ready for the next several months.
Today is the Feast of Saint Dominic, the founder of the Dominicans, an Order of Preachers. As many of you know Michael Bovino recently joined the Diocese of Norwich and is heading off in another week or so to Mount Saint Mary Seminary to begin his pre-theology years of study. A good friend of his and also a UCONN graduate two years ago, today receives his Dominican habit as he recently began in first year of novitiate study and prayer with the Eastern Province of the Dominicans, located out in Ohio. Congratulations Jacob Ramos.
Sister Angelina Marie was a member of the very first FOCUS Missionary team that came to UCONN six years ago to assist in the rebuilding of the student Catholic Community. Now we have her prayers in a special way and I ask everyone to keep her and all her new family in your prayers. Congratulations Sister Angelina Marie - We Love You!
Today in Stamford Connecticut at the very beautiful Basilica of St. John the Evangelist, I had the distinct honor to concelebrate the Holy Mass with His Excellency, The Most Reverend Frank J. Caggiano, Bishop of Bridgeport and about fifty other priests for the Mass of Profession for the Sisters of Life.
It's been a very busy summer in the diocesan vocation office. As you might have already read on the home page, we have just recently had two men ordained priests for the Diocese! This is great and very exciting for the diocese! Father Martin Noe and Father Jonathan Ficara - God bless you both as you now move forward into full service of the diocese as one of our priests. We have had one man who was placed on hold late last summer because of a medical issue. We now are pleased that Frank Gilbert has received total clearance from his doctors to move forward.
Last Summer Bishop Cote accepted Frank Gilbert as a sponsored seminarian but shortly after that Frank experienced a cardiac event which has had him on hold during the past several months. Thanks be to God for answering the prayers of so many because Frank last week received permission from his doctors to move forward with studies for the Holy Priesthood. Please keep Frank in your prayers as he now finishes his application to the seminary and continue to pray for him and all our seminarians as they journey with our Lord in a generous response to serve Him and His Church.
That's right! Spring actually arrives tomorrow but the fruit of spreading vocation seeds the last few years is beginning to show the beginning of the plants. Lent has been a busy two weeks so far. During this time I have had the opportunity to speak with and visit with two men I have been working with for the past five years. Jacob, who has been discerning a call to priesthood, has determined that instead of pursuing a diocesan priestly vocation that he is being called to discern a call as a Dominican priest.
We are two days away from the beginning of the Lenten Season. Are you ready? If not, recall the words at the end of Sunday's Gospel from Matthew, "seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness... do not worry about tomorrow; tomorrow will take care of itself. Sufficient for a day is its own evil."