Praised be the Harvest Master - We have five new seminarians!Published by ggalvin on July 17, 2012 - 11:40am
Praised be Jesus Christ now and forever! It's been a very busy winter, spring and summer in the vocation office which can only mean that the our prayers and the many holy hours and visits to the adoration chapels are generously being answered by the Harvest Master. Since the beginning of May, Bishop Cote has accepted five new men as sponsored seminarians for the diocese of Norwich. One man who had been studying for us the past two years has decided not to continue so we now have a total of nine men who will begin in mid August for the coming year of formation. We welcome Tom Griffin, Peter Langevin, Kurt O'Brien, and two men from Medellin Colombia, Juan Palacio and Ruben Sanchez. Juan and Ruben will be arriving on August 12, 2012 and spending the week with me visiting around the diocese. They will then head to Worcester Massachusetts where they will attend the English immersion program at Clark University while staying at the Holy name of Jesus House of Studies in Worcester. Tom will be joining Deacon Brian Maxwell at Blessed John XXIII National Seminary in Weston MA. Peter will be joining Jeff Ellis at Mount Saint Mary Seminary in Emmittsburg Maryland and Kurt will be continuing his college and philosophy at Holy Apostles college and Seminary in Cromwell Connecticut where Martin Noe will be entering his third year of seminary. Jonathan Ficara who has been home from Rome this summer will be returning in early September to continue his final two years of theology. As mentioned above, we also are rejoicing with and for Deacon Brian Maxwell. During a beautiful Saturday morning at the end of June, Bishop Cote through the laying on of hands ordained Brian to the transitional diaconate. With God's grace we continue to pray for his perseverance as he begins his final year in the seminary hoping to be called to priestly ordination in the Spring of 2013. Please continue to keep all our seminarians in your prayers as well as those who also are discerning that our Lord may be asking them to take the same path. May our good Lord continue to watch over our Bishop, priests, religious, seminarians and all the people of God in our humble little diocese.