WITH SUMMER COMES HEATPublished by ggalvin on August 9, 2012 - 3:53pm
With summer comes heat, humidity, sunshine, rain, some time to relax, weddings, family gatherings, thunderstorms, lightning shows, flash flooding, tornadoes, fireworks, vacations, summer school classes and continued preparation for the coming months.
In the past month many people have celebrated First Holy Communion, Confirmation, graduation from high school and college, and students at many levels have finished or are in the midst of finishing exams and another academic year.
As each of us anticipates embracing the summer months in different ways, I take this opportunity call to mind what is happening currently in the diocese regarding priestly vocations.
As of the beginning of June 2012 we now have nine (9) seminarians! Thank you for all the prayers, holy hours, rosaries, and Holy Masses that have been prayed and offered during the last few years.
We welcome and extend our congratulations to Mr. Thomas Griffin who is a parishioner of Holy Family parish in Hebron Connecticut and a retired banker. Mr. Griffin will begin his studies at Blessed John XXIII National Seminary in Weston Massachusetts in late August.
Our congratulation also goes to Mr. Peter Langevin who is a resident in Middletown Connecticut and has held many different teaching positions at Xavier High School in Middletown. Mr. Langevin will begin his studies at Mount Saint Mary Seminary in Emmitsburg Maryland in late August.
Later in the summer Mr. Ruben Sanchez and Mr. Juan Palacio, two men from Medellin Columbia will be arriving to begin studying English for two years at Clark University in Worcester Massachusetts. They will then return to the seminary and hopefully be ordained to serve as priests here in the Diocese of Norwich.
We are also looking forward to the upcoming diaconal ordination of Mr. Brian Maxwell. Watch your bulletins in the upcoming week for the announcement of the date and place! Brian will begin his final year of studies next fall, preparing hopefully for priestly ordination sometime in 2013.
Bishop Cote continues to lead our monthly Eucharistic Holy Hour for vocations which will be at Saint Joseph Church in Rockville CT on June 21st and at Saint Mary Church in Coventry on July 19th and then Saint Colman Church in Middlefield on August 16th. The sacrifice we make to join in prayer for future vocations to priesthood and consecrated religious life will make the harvest strong.
Finally, thank you to parishioners throughout the diocese who made a donation to the annual seminarian education fund this year! We anticipate a tuition bill of over $235,000 this coming year so if you missed the collection or were away the week it was taken please mail your donation directly to the vocation office at 201 Broadway, Norwich, CT. 06360. Place your parish name on the check/envelope and we will credit the amount to your parish total. Thank you for all your prayers and support. May God continue to send us many strong vocations!