At approximately 9:20 this morning as the magnificent music began which would carry throughout the Mass of Ordination and added to the atmosphere of prayerfulness and anticipation as 41 men prepared to offer their lives to the church through the ordination rite for the transitional diaconate.
Father Gregory Galvin
41 Men from across the United States will be ordained to the transitional diaconate this morning by James Cardinal Harvey. The Norwich Diocese has one of their men, Jonathan Ficara who is originally from Moodus Connecticut, who is among the 41 be ordained. The Mass of ordination will be celebrated at the Altar of the Chair in Saint Peter's Basilica. Check back later for in the day for an update, reflection and possible photo's. God bless your day.
Today I will be attending my second General Audience with a Pope of the Catholic Church. The last time was thirteen years ago when I came on my first trip to Rome with ten other priests, one of whom I am with on this trip. The Pope then was Blessed John Paul II The Great! This morning I go to receive the Apostolic Blessing of Pope Francis. This evening at the North American Seminary we will take part in a prayer vigil with the whole seminary community in anticipation of tomorrow's diaconate ordination at the Basilica. It is an exciting time in the Church.
Traveling with Msgr. Thomas R. Bride, Pastor of Christ the King parish in Old Lyme Connecticut, we arrived in Rome earlier this morning around 11:15am. After making our way to Rome we both took the afternoon to settle in and get a little rest. The evening was spent picking up ticktets left for us by Bishop Cote for the Wednesday Audience with His Holiness, Pope Francis, followed by doing a little special shopping on clerical items, and then a simple Italian pasta supper at a little spot near the Pantheon in Rome.
That's right! Monday morning after Holy Mass I will meander my way north to Boston's Logan Airport taking off to Rome at about 6:15pm. One of our seminarians, Jonathan Ficara is to be ordained with a class of approximately fifty other men from across the United States on Thursday morning at the Vatican Basilica. Time of the Ordination Mass is 9:30am Rome time. Come back here as I will give updates regarding the trip and especially the Ordination throughout the week.
The fifth Annual Norwich Diocese Youth Explosion was without question a huge success! Over 700 estimated high school age students attended. I have attended four of the five years and this year was standing room only for the Mass with Bishop Cote in the auditorium at Saint Bernard High School. The students had the opportunity to attend sessions of music with Jackie Francois, who was simply awesome both with her music and her sharing of her faith journey with Christ.
Just a reminder that the Annual Youth Explosion in the Diocese of Norwich is this Sunday afternoon at Saint Bernard High School in Uncasville CT. An opportunity for our young men and women in the diocese to spend some quality time considering God's plan in their lives while enjoying the opportunity to hear a concert, praise God in Eucharistic Adoration, receive the sacrament of reconciliation, inquire through a vocation panel about your questions regarding priestly and religious life in the Church and to celebrate Mass with Bishop Cote.