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Praised be Jesus Christ now and forever! Time for our summer summary!

             We give thanks for the diaconal ordination of seminarian Deacon Brian Maxwell. The Diocesan family gathered together on a beautiful Saturday morning in Middletown this past June 30, 2012 at Saint John Church. During the 10:30am Mass of Ordination, following the beautifully chanted litany of saints and then the Laying on of hands in silence, Bishop Cote prayed these words near the end of the “Prayer of Ordination”;


            “May there abound in him every Gospel virtue: unfeigned love, concern for the sick and poor, unassuming authority, the purity of innocence, and the observance of spiritual discipline. May your commandments shine forth in his conduct, so that by the example of his way of life he may inspire the imitation of your holy people”.


            Pray that Deacon Brian will continue to grow in each of the Gospel virtues mentioned above as he continues his academic, spiritual, pastoral and human formation during his fourth year of seminary. God willing, sometime next spring Bishop Cote will call Deacon Brian to the Holy Order of Priesthood.

            In this past Junes vocation corner article we welcomed both Tom Griffin and Peter Langevin. This month I am happy to announce that Bishop Cote accepted the application of Mr. Kurt O’Brien to be a sponsored college level seminarian for the diocese. Kurt is from Bolton and is a member of Saint Maurice parish and will be continuing his college studies at Holy Apostles College and Seminary this fall.   At the beginning of June Mr Michael Salerno who had just finished his second year of seminary discerned prayerfully that he should not continue. We thank Michael for being open to God’s will and we will keep him in our prayers and pray for his peace and happiness.

            As mentioned in the June article, Juan Angel Aguirre Palacio and Ruben Dario Garcia Sanchez will be arriving on August 12, 2012. We are excited to welcome them both as they are coming to study English for two years at Clark University in Worcester. During the academic year they will be staying at the Holy Name of Jesus House of Studies in Worcester and will receive an assignment here in the diocese for weekends to practice the English they are learning. I look forward to showing them around the diocese during their first week here and then getting them settled at the house of studies in Worcester.

            This month our Holy Hour for Vocations will be held on August 16, 2012 at Saint Colman parish in Middlefield at 4pm. Come and pray with us if you are able and your schedule allows it.

            As we reach the middle of August our seminarians will begin to head back to their respective seminaries so please continue to keep them in your prayers. It is amazing how quickly the summer goes by. Thank you all for your continued support and prayers regarding the work of vocations. We just need to remember, if we pray, they will come!

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