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Father Gregory Galvin
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Ordination of 41 Transitional Deacons a Glorious Occasion for All

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.

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Ordination This Morning at the Vatican's Saint Peter Basilica

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.

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Excitement in the Air during Second full day in the Eternal City

     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.

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Arrived in Rome ready to go!

     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.

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Leaving for the Holy City - 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. 

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A Prayer for Chastity - Seeking the Intercession of Saint Joseph

     The prayer below is one that was presented during one of the workshops at the National Vocation Directors Conference which I attended just recently. It is a prayer seeking the intercession of Saint Joseph for those struggling to live the virtue of chastity. If you are trying to live your faith as a son or daughter of God, I highly recommend this prayer as a daily part of your prayer life. 
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Youth Explosion A Great Success!

      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.

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Annual Youth Explosion This Weekend on Sunday Afternoon - Be There!

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.

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NCDVD Convention another Success

     The last two full days of the convention were very busy. Wednesday morning after breakfast, Holy Hour, and morning prayer I was involved in a three priest panel as one of the morning workshops being offered. The workshop was a focus on working with college level students in their discernment of possible vocations to religious life or priesthood. The workshops were followed by the one afternoon where those participating in the convention have a chance to "go out" to see the area on different excursions.
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Morning One at NCDVD Convention Dallas Texas

     This morning started with a quick breakfast at 7am. Many of the more than two hundred vocation directors then participated in a quiet Eucharistic Holy Hour. I prayed the Divine Office, prayed for my family and then individually for each of our Norwich Seminarians and also the men I have been working most closely with during the past couple of years regarding their personal discernment of God's Will for them. 

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