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The Most Reverend
Michael R. Cote, D.D.
Bishop of Norwich
Learning How to Follow My Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ: I sincerely hope your Easter celebration was a joyous family occasion. Easter is a time of such profound mystery and hope. Christ has risen. It is for all Catholics a time of strengthened faith and new life. We now look forward to the continuation of the sacred fifty days of Eastertide as they lead us to the Feast of the Ascension celebrating the return of Jesus to his place at the right hand of the Father; and to Pentecost - commemorating the gift of the Holy Spirit to the apostles and the beginning of the Church. As disciples of the Risen Lord, we are called to share, by voice and example, the good news of the Gospel. Opportunities abound. Recently, I attended a diocesan function and happened to be in casual conversation with a small group after dinner. One of the women present, whom I know to be a very successful business person, happened to mention her newfound interest in ballroom dancing. She said she had seen a television show that sparked her interest and she set out to find an
instructor. And did. When she first met with her instructor, she informed him that she was most interested in dance lessons so she could learn how to follow. She told him she already knew how to lead – as a CEO of her own company. “Following” was what she needed to learn. She further shared that the instructor replied…”well, you’re in the right place, because when you learn to follow, you will find new harmony and grace that come from understanding the close relationship between following and leading.” It didn’t strike me until much later that evening how insightful her story was on so many levels. Following Christ is the commitment we as Catholics all share as His disciples. In fact, the word disciple means to learn or follow. As annunciated in The Gospel of John, “When Jesus spoke again to the people, He said. “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” (John 8:12) Therein lies the tie that binds us. It is the desire and active choice to know Jesus better. How do we learn to do this? How do we become better
Holy Hour for Vocations The Holy Hour for Vocations will now be held in a different deanery and parish each month. Bishop Cote will lead the prayers of the Holy Hour each month. The schedule is as follows: May 27 June 23 July 21 Aug. 11 Sept. 15 Oct. 20 Nov. 17 Dec. 15
St. Patrick Cathedral, Norwich Holy Family Motherhouse Chapel, Baltic St. Michael, Pawcatuck Christ the King, Old Lyme St. Matthew, Tolland St. Mary, Willimantic Mary Mother of the Redeemer, Groton Our Lady of the Lakes, Oakdale
7-8pm 4-5pm 4-5pm 5-6pm 7-8pm 7-8pm 7-8pm 5-6pm
at following? Certainly spending time in prayer daily and studying His Word help us become open to grace to learn. As members of the Church, we have the wonderful opportunity to share in the fullness of sacramental life as a community of faith. Together we can follow the teachings of the faith, pray, worship and share in the celebration and nurturing gift of the Eucharist. We can grow in the knowledge of our faith and in our resolve to practice active discipleship. The Church is there for us each step of the journey. The Church plays a unique and pivotal role in helping to lead as we follow. Much of the active leadership, of course, rests with the priests and religious in our parishes, communities, our daily lives. The parish priest is the one standing there for us in the place of Our Lord. In persona Christi. The harmony and grace that I referenced in the earlier anecdote is achieved by having Christ lead the way with his surrogate priests helping Him at the ground level. We know our role. We are well served to pray that more young men will hear the call to lead. This edition of the newspaper gives us a special opportunity to hear first-hand reflections of seminarians preparing to commit
themselves here in the Diocese of Norwich to build our community of faith and to help us learn to actively follow the way of the cross. What we have learned in our efforts to restore the balance of priests and parishes is that we must all participate actively in prayer and recruitment. We have begun to make this more widely recognized by designating holy hours for vocations rotating throughout the dio- Father Gregory Galvin, Director of Priestly Vocese, and by encour- cations and Bishop Cote leading prayers at Holy aging all parishioners Hour for Vocations. to stay alert to gifted Photo by Susannah H. Snowden young men who may be or should be discerning the ment to support them, encourage call to the priesthood. It does take them and respect them for giving a community to help increase vo- themselves so fully to the service cations. And what better and of the Lord. May this Eastertide be a glorimore caring community than our ous experience of spiritual discovown diocesan family. Please take a moment of reflec- ery and inspiration for you. Let tion and prayer toward continu- us be active followers. Let faith ing to increase the numbers lead the way. Sincerely yours in Christ’s love, called. You are most welcome to join me at any of the Holy Hours for Vocation as detailed on this Bishop Michael R. Cote page. Make a personal commit-
Aprendiendo A Seguir Queridos Hermanos y Hermanas en Cristo: Sinceramente espero que su celebración de Pascua haya sido una ocasión de alegría familiar. Pascua es un tiempo de profundo misterio y esperanza. Cristo ha resucitado. Para todos los Católicos es un tiempo de vida nueva. Ahora esperamos con ansias la
continuación a los cincuenta días que siguen a la Pascua y que nos conducen al Banquete de la Ascencion. Celebrando el regreso de Jesús a la derecha del Padre; y a Pentecostés- conmemorando el regalo del Espíritu Santo a los apóstoles y al comienzo de la Iglesia. Como discípulos del Señor Re-
sucitado estamos llamados a compartir de voz y de ejemplo la Buena Nueva del Evangelio. Recientemente, atendí a una función diocesana y en una conversación casual con un grupo de personas después de la cena. Una de las mujeres presente, a quien
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Seguir Continued from page 3 conozco como una exitosa persona de negocios, menciono su Nuevo interés en el baile de salón. Ella dijo que un programa televisivo que había visto , le había encendido una chispa de interés en el baile y en el buscar a un instructor. Y así lo hizo. Cuando ella conoció al instructor le informó que estaba interesada en tomar lecciones de baile donde ella pudiera aprender a “seguir”. Ella le dijo que ya sabe dirigir ya que es el CEO de su propia companía, pero que necesita aprender a seguir. Ella luego, nos compartió lo que el instructor le respondio…”Bueno, te encuentras en el lugar preciso, ya que cuando aprendas a seguir, encontraras una nueva armonía y gracia que vienen de comprender el arte del seguimiento”. No captó mucho mi atención hasta al atardecer cuando vi lo significativo que esto era en muchos niveles. Seguir a Cristo es el compromiso que como sus discípulos , todos los Católicos compartimos.
La palabra discípulo significa aprender o seguir. Tal como ha sido anunciado en el evangelio de Juan “Jesús se dirigio otra vez a la multitud diciendo:-”Yo soy la luz del mundo. El que me sigue tendra la luz que le da vida y nunca andara en la oscuridad.”(Juan 8:12). Allí se encuentra el lazo que nos une. En el deseo y la activa elección de conocer a Jesús mejor. ¿Como podemos hacer esto?.¿Como podemos seguirle mejor?. Desde luego dedicando tiempo a la oración diaria y estudiando su palabra. Son pasos en la dirección correcta y nos ayudan a encontrar la gracia para aprender. Como miembros de la Iglesia tenemos la maravillosa oportu-
nidad de compartir la abundancia de la vida sacramental como comunidad de fe. Juntos podemos seguir las enseñanzas de fe, oración, veneración, compartidas en la celebración de nuestro alimento que es el regalo de la Eucaristía. Podemos crecer en el conocimiento de nuestra fe y en nuestra practica activa como discípulos. La Iglesia está para guiarnos paso a paso en nuestra trayectoria. La Iglesia juega un unico y primordial papel ayudando y guiando. Mucho del liderazgo activo recae sobre los sacerdotes y religiosas de nuestras parroquias, comunidades, nuestras vidas diarias. El sacerdote de la parroquia es quien se encuentra de pie por nosotros en el lugar de Nuestro
Señor. In persona Christi. La armonía y gracia que he hecho referencia en la anécdota anterior , es alcanzada por Cristo guiando nuestro camino y sus sacerdotes ayudandole. Sabemos cual es nuestra tarea a realizar. Debemos orar para que sean más los jovenes que escuchen a este llamado.Esta edición de periódico nos da la oportunidad especial de escuchar las reflexiones de los seminaristas que se están preparando para comprometerse aquí en la Diócesis de Norwich, para construir nuestra comunidad de fe y para ayudarnos a aprender a seguir el camino de la cruz. Hemos aprendido en nuestros esfuerzos de restaurar el balance de sacerdotes y parroquias que todos debemos participar activamente en oración y reclutamiento. Hemos comenzado a hacer esto mas ampliamente reconocido, designando horas santas a través de la Diócesis y animando a los feligreses a estar atentos a los jovenes virtuosos y
dotados quienes podrían o deberían discernir el llamado al sacerdocio. Conlleva una comunidad para incrementar las vocaciones y que mejor que una comunidad servicial y atenta como nuestra propia familia diocesana. Por favor tome su tiempo para reflexionar y orar para que continue aumentando el número de los llamados. Usted esta bienvenido a participar conmigo en las horas santas por las vocaciones como esta detallado en la pagina 5 de este periodico. Haga su compromiso personal de apoyarlos, animarlos y respetarlos por darse a si mismos completamente al servicio del Señor. Que esta temporada de Pascua sea una experiencia gloriosa de descubrimiento espiritual e inspiración para usted. Seamos seguidores activos. Que la fe nos siga guiando. Sinceramente en el amor de Cristo, Obispo Michael R. Cote
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May 13-15 Gregorian Chant: Hymns, Psalmody and Chants for a Singing Church - Dr. William Tortolano May 15-20 Old Masters Oil Painting - Dr. Michael Sullo
June 5-10 Five Days of Gregorian Chant and Liturgical Music - Dr. William Tortolano
June 19-15 Advanced Manuscript Illumination part II - Valerie Weilmuenster
June 5-12 Illuminated Miniatures Our Lady of Guadalupe - Jed Gibbons
June 21-23 Leading Liturgical Music with the Guitar - For those who lead Sunday Worship with Guitars - Jerome Monachino
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Director of Priestly Vocations
Reverend Gregory Galvin
Chalice for Vocations Alleluia and Happy Easter to all! Praised be Jesus Christ, now and forever, Amen! So much happens in the family of God during this glorious time of year. First Holy Communions, Confirmations, Weddings, Graduations and Ordinations. At the end of this month, it is with great joy that the Diocesan family will gather at the Cathedral of St. Patrick for the Holy Mass of Ordination to the Priesthood of Jesus Christ at which Bishop Cote will ordain Rev. Mr. Luis Henry Agudelo for priestly service. This will be on Saturday morning, May 28, 2011 at 10:30am. Deacon Henry Agudelo will be the first Hispanic Ordination for our diocese, an historic day! In the great joy of all that will be taking place in the diocese throughout the month of May, we must continue to focus on the importance of vocations to diocesan priestly life and religious life throughout our diocese. With this in mind, we announce the re-establishment of the Chalice for Vocations Program which is already
under way in some of our parishes! It started officially last month at St. Patrick Church in East Hampton, and this month is being done in St. Joseph Church in Chester and in St. John Church in Old Saybrook. In June the program will move to Holy Family in Hebron, and in July to St. Joseph Church in Dayville. The program has a designated Chalice and Paten, the sacred vessels used at Holy Mass. For a month at a time a particular parish hosts the program. Four different families throughout the month will each have the opportunity to receive the Sacred Vessels at the end of Mass, bring them home for the period of one week, during which they will pray for vocations. The Sacred Vessels are placed in a prominent place in the family home and each day the family gathers for the purpose of praying for an increase of priestly and religious vocations in our diocese. All necessary materials, prayer cards, list of seminarians and those in religious formation will be provided. At week’s end at
a Mass chosen by the pastor and the host family, they will return the Sacred Vessels during the offertory procession. At the end of the same Mass, another family will be called forward to receive the Sacred Vessels to continue the effort of praying for vocations. This is a unique opportunity for parishes and families to deepen their understanding of the Sacred Vessels used at Holy Mass by hosting in their home the very unique and Sacred Vessels a priest uses every day to bring the precious Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Christ to the faithful through Holy Communion. At the same time, they have the opportunity to pray specifically for those who have made the commitment to offer their whole life as a gift back to God, as a priest or consecrated religious, through the service they will give to His family, the Church. If you would like to participate in this program, please speak with your parish priest about arranging to host the Chalice for Vocations Program soon!
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The Continuous Call of God
The call of God in my life has been constant; God has called me to witness everything He has By Deacon Luis Henry Agudelo
given me. The parable of the workers (MT. 20: 1-17); or as I call it, the continuous call of God, could be misunderstood by some if the details are not carefully studied. This parable of the laborers in the vineyard, teaches us to think well of God; as the last worker thought well of God. I have always admired this story and have kept it close to my heart. Faith in God is a love relationship. It is with love that God's continuous call is answered. Citing this verse of the Gospel of St. Matthew, I would like reflect on my last year of training at Holy Apostles Seminary as well as my preparation for the priestly ordination. During this time I have had the grace to receive God's calling and strength to serve others. “But, by the grace of God I am what I am: and God's grace to me has not been in vain.” (1 Corinthians 15: 10). To help many of the parish priests has been an experience rich in knowledge and in values. During this time I have grown to see the diocese, to which I belong, as a living source of the experience of Christ. Here lives the Gospel that extends to all corners of the Earth. Our diocese is a family with a deep experience of Christ. This has become wonderfully clear to
me during this time of preparation for the priesthood. This reflection is consistent with my first anniversary as a deacon, a transitional period deep in spiritual connecting to the Holy Eucharist, the Blessed Sacraments such as the sacrament of reconciliation- in all directions spiritual. All of these moments have helped me to have a close encounter with Christ. In a humbling human since, I have been helped to recognize my limitations and strengths, to make a better mission in the vineyard of the Lord. Without the necessary knowledge, my mission would be in vain as I prepare to serve others. During this past year, I have applied what I have learned to prepare me for the good and faithful people of God who will be in front of me in my priestly ministry. After receiving the great gift of the diaconate, and thereby the powers to be an active part in administering some of the sacraments, I am sure and am overjoyed that my life will be giving more to Christ through service to others. One of my experiences this year has been to provide the sacrament of Baptism. It has been a special joy to have been entrusted with this gift and to know that every person that I have been able to baptize in the name of the Father,
and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit is securely in God’s good
I accept the call of Jesus and follow Him. It has been the best
graces. From the very moment of my ordination as a deacon, I knew that everything for me was changing; that when a man meets God in this way, he ceases to be the same. God has always been faithful in my life- always there where the sweet and bitter come together to be able to give sense to my existence. I can say without fear, that Christ has really assisted me at every stage of my life. When I received from his Excellency Bishop Michael R. Cote the letter expressing his intention to call me to the Ministry of the priesthood, my heart was full of joy and happiness. It was for me a charter with the Lord, to whom I gave thanks for everything. Thanks to all the clergy and to each person of the Diocese. Thanks to those who instructed me at the seminary, and to those who made it possible that I had food and support - my brothers, deacons and seminarians.
decision that has been in my heart and that any man can make.
“Lord, to whom would we go?” “You have the words of life eternal.” (John 6: 68). Following Jesus involves leaving everything and following Him who leads us. Finally, I would like to give my thanks to all those who directly or indirectly helped me with spiritual support and also materially. If I were to name each of you, it would take many pages to do so. I want to thank all who made it possible for this commitment to Christ, to which I have been called, to keep growing in service to all those that God will entrust to me. God bless you, always.
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La Parábola de los obreros de la viña y el continuo llamado de Dios La llamada de Dios en mi vida ha sido constante; Dios me ha llamado para ser testigo de todo lo que me By Deacon Luis Henry Agudelo
ha regalado. La parábola de los obreros (MT. 20:1-17); o como yo la llamo el continuo llamado de Dios, podría ser juzgada ligeramente injusta por algunos si se pierden los detalles o se olvida su esencia. Esta parábola de los obreros en la viña, nos enseña a pensar bien de Dios; el último obrero pensó bien de Dios; puesto que espero mucho de El y por eso recibió lo que guardaba en su corazón. La fe en Dios es una relación de amor con El. Lo que si importa es el amor con que se responde al continuo llamado de Dios. Citando este versículo del Evan-
gelio de San Mateo, quisiera hacer una breve meditación sobre mi último año de formación en el Seminario Santos Apóstoles al igual que mi preparación para la ordenación sacerdotal. Durante este tiempo he tenido la gracia de poder recibir de Dios muchos talentos; que he tratado de compartir con todas aquellas personas que me han sido dadas para servirles. “Mas, por la gracia de Dios, soy lo que soy: y la gracia de Dios no ha sido estéril en mi.” (1 Corintios 15:10). El poder ayudar a muchos de los sacerdotes en las parroquias ha sido una experiencia rica en conocimientos, en entrega y en valores. Durante este tiempo he podido ver como el seminario, como la diócesis a la cual pertenezco, son una fuente viva de la experiencia de Cristo. Aquí se
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alezas, para poder realizar una lo amargo se unen para poder darle mejor misión en la viña del Señor. sentido a mi existencia. Puedo decir sin temor, que En lo intelectual, por que sin el conocimiento necesario seria en Cristo realmente me ha asistido en cada etapa de vano el servicio mi vida. hacia los demás y en el servicio Ayúdame a entender Cuando recibí Señor que tu la carta de mi pastoral, por que durante este seguimiento no este obispo su Excelencia Revultimo año he en los honores erendo Michael aplicado cada sino en el Servicio R. Cote expreconocimiento sando su intenque se me ha sido entregado para el bien de mi ción de llamarme al ministerio del diócesis como el del pueblo de Dios sacerdocio; mi corazón se lleno de que es cada persona que tengo y gozo y alegría. Fue para mi muy tendré delante de mi en mi minis- importante abrir la carta frente la presencia del Señor; donde le di terio sacerdotal. Después de haber recibido el gracias por todo; gracias a todo el gran regalo del diaconado y con ello clero, por cada persona de la diócelas facultades de poder ser parte ac- sis, por aquellos que me instruyeron tiva de suministrar algunos sacra- en el seminario, por aquellos que mentos; yo estoy seguro que mi hicieron posible que yo tuviera alivida se esta entregando más a Cristo mento y por mis hermanos semien el servicio hacia los demás. Que naristas y diáconos. El aceptar el llamado de Jesús y alegría poder ser parte de este llamado y dar a todos los que me seguirle; ha sido la mejor decisión rodean también lo que Dios ha que El ha puesto en mi corazón y que cualquier hombre puede hacer. puesto en mi corazón. Una de mis experiencias durante “Señor, ¿Dónde quien vamos a ir? este año ha sido poder suministrar tu tienes Palabra de Vida eterna.” el Sacramento del Bautismo. Ha (Juan 6:68). Seguir a Jesús, implica sido una alegría tener este regalo y dejarlo todo y seguirle, es permitirle saber que cada persona que he po- que el vaya delante de nosotros. Finalmente, me gustaría dar mis dido bautizar en el nombre del Padre, y del Hijo, y del Espíritu agradecimientos a todas las perSanto. Han sido ángeles e hijos de sonas que directa o indirectamente Dios, que también oraran por mí y me han ayudado con un soporte esque son parte importante en mi piritual y en lo material. Si escribiera aquí los nombres de cada uno, ministerio. Desde el mismo instante de mi necesitaría muchas páginas para ordenación como diácono, yo sabia hacerlo; por eso quiero agradecer a que todo para mi estaba cam- todos de una forma general, por biando; por que el hombre cuando que han hecho posible que esta vose encuentra con Dios, deja de ser cación por Cristo, a la que he sido el mismo para poder servirle. Dios, llamado, siga creciendo en servicio siempre ha sido fiel en mi vida. El para todos aquellos a los que Dios me ha cuidado, donde mi vida ha me ha encomendado. A todos ellos sido una realidad, donde lo dulce y Dios los bendiga siempre.
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My First Year in Rome: Gift and Mystery In his memoir recounting his spiritual journey of priesthood, Gift and Mystery, the now Blessed By Jonathan Ficara
Pope John Paul II reflected on his two years in Rome as a doctoral student of the Angelicum. “I will never forget my feelings during those first ‘Roman’ days of mine,” he writes, “when in 1946 I began to get to know the Eternal City.” This marks my third reflection for the May Issue of the Four County Catholic as a seminarian, and as I did in my two previous articles, I turn to the words of my mentor and hero, Blessed John Paul II, to be my inspiration and guide for this reflection. I arrived in Rome and to the Pontifical North American College last July with great joy and excitement, eager to begin a new chapter in my formative journey towards the priesthood. Like the young Fr. Karol Wojtyla in 1946, I too have since found my first year experience in Rome to be, in many ways, unforgettable, indescribable and forever life-changing. This year can certainly be considered a “year of transition” for me – a period of acclimation to both the College and to life in the seminary, as well as a period of adjustment to the city at large. Overall, I am grateful to God that my transition has gone incredibly well thus far. I’ve enjoyed my time here in Rome immensely and have found the seminary community, as a whole, to embrace a strong spirit of prayer and academic fervor which I greatly appreciate. I move now to something a bit “deeper.” Over these past 10 months, as is typical for any new man of the College, I’ve been introduced to and have been inundated with, what seems to be a thousand new things that I’ve had to adjust to and make my own (many of which seem entirely distinct and particular to this situation at the College, having no semblance of continuity to what
was life back home). A new country. A new city. A new seminary. A new rector, faculty and staff and seminary community. New food, traditions, routines and schedules, classes in Italian…an entirely new way of life. These are the most concrete of my experiences, and for this reason, I can speak of them with ease. These experiences are with me daily and have contributed to my time in Rome thus far. Yet there still remains something more – something beyond description – an ever-present experience that moves beyond the tangible and enters the realm of mystery, which infuses every fiber of my being. Perhaps this is what Blessed Pope John Paul II meant when he said, “Rome was always the center of our experience.” It is this ever-present experience of the Eternal City, which is undoubtedly the effect of living but a stone’s throw away from the Holy Father and St. Peter’s Basilica, which not only connects me to life in the Diocese, but to those most
important to me back home. It is this experience of connectedness – this experience of the universality of the Church, which is perhaps more present and more real than anything I’ve spoken of above. Each and every day, as I walk to class, I am continually reminded of where I am, who has walked these streets and shed their blood for Christ and his Church, what has happened here and what will happen in years to come. And for this reason, I am deeply grateful to have been given this opportunity to study in Rome and to experience these “feelings” which the young Father Wojtyla knew well while studying in Rome. My time has surely been, thus far, all “gift and mystery.” Please pray for me as I continue my formative journey toward the altar of Jesus Christ. Know that I pray for you and everyone of the Diocese of Norwich daily, especially when I have the chance to pray before the tomb of Blessed Pope John Paul II. Blessed Pope John Paul II, pray for us!
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Making Every Moment Count I arrived in Rome for the first time in July of 2010. I was both worried and excited. Upon looking at St. By Ian Bother
Peter’s Basilica for the first time, I could not believe that I was actually here. Even more moving than seeing the Heart of the Church for the first time was the realization that it was this city that would be my home for the next four years. Throughout the following year, becoming accustomed to such a change of life
proved to be quite an undertaking. Some adjustments included living with a large community of other seminarians, learning a foreign language, and tuning into the curious pace of life in an Italian city while simultaneously meeting the demands of the seminary’s daily schedule. This transition into a major seminary has certainly been a challenge; however, it has been made easier by the immense joy which comes from the gift of living in the Eternal City. Underlying this all is the pursuit of a
priestly vocation, which puts meaning into every experience and makes every moment count. During the season of Lent, there is an old tradition in Rome called the “Station Church” pilgrimage. Every day of Lent, we walk to a different one of the many churches scattered throughout the city for Mass. Each church has its own beauty and its own story, being among the most ancient Churches in the world. However, despite the beauty of each individual church, the daily commit-
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ment of having to rise before dawn and walking to the opposite side of the city can prove difficult. Naturally, one is often tempted to invent excuses as to how such a commitment could be set aside. In a place where the ancient is everyday and where the extraordinary easily becomes ordinary, it is easy to overlook the gift that living in such a place is. As with every gift we receive in life, it is important to be mindful of how precious it is and to show our gratitude to God by making the most of it. Throughout my first year in Rome I have had to keep this gratitude ever in mind. After reflection, however, I have come to realize that, although I still look at the many treasures of Rome with amazement,
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But What Do You Do There? If there's one thing that my friends and family are always asking me, it is “What do you do at By Jeffrey Ellis
Mount St. Mary's Seminary?” They know all about how much I love the Mount, and how amazing my instructors and fellow seminarians are. They know that, with 160 seminarians, we are the largest seminary in the U.S. My parents, aunt, and cousin Tori even got the chance to visit the seminary during our annual Family Weekend, so they know what our campus looks like. I would like to describe for you a typical day at Mount St. Mary’s. Of course there never really is a typical day, not like I used to have in my government office! However, I can try to present a typical amalgam. Usually, I wake up at 5:30 and have coffee with a couple of my floor-mates (well, I have tea, but they have coffee). Daily Mass begins at 7 AM, and the hour before Mass is spent studying and getting ready. Classes begin around 8:30, giving us just enough time for breakfast. Three days a week, when I begin my classes a little later, I try to visit our athletic complex to get in some exercise (the theory being that if I do not work out first thing in the morning, I probably will not get to it!). Typically, classes alternate with time for study (and of course, lunch!) until about 4:00. The Mount encourages seminarians to develop the practice of a daily holy hour, time set aside each day in prayer with our Lord. Usually, I will make my holy hour at 4:00, during which time our Lord is exposed in the chapel for a period of Eucharistic Adoration. Though I sometimes struggle in prayer, the holy hour is often the highlight of my day. After Adoration, we come together as a com-
munity to celebrate Vespers or Evening Prayer, which lasts for about half an hour. I hate waiting in lines, so while everyone else heads over to the cafeteria immediately afterwards for dinner, I try to do a little more work before hand, usually returning to the seminary just before 7:00. Evenings provide the most diversity. Different organizations meet at different times and nights, some involving the wider university comm u n i t y ; personally, I participate in a group dedicated to the New Evangelization. An advantage of being associated with a university is the plethora of speakers and activities hosted by many departments on campus,
some extraordinarily relevant to priestly ministry. This past week, I was able to attend a concert in the main campus chapel performed by the Eastern Connecticut State University Chamber Singers from my hometown of Willimantic! Many nights a week, my classmates and I will gather together for study sessions, and there are always opportunities for group prayer (the Rosary, different devotions, praise & worship, etc.) A Lenten resolution of mine this year was to be in my room by 10:00 each night, leaving me with a half hour of spiritual reading before turning out my lights. And of course, in our spare time, we have to continue to work with our spiritual director and formation advisor to continue to discern if the Lord is calling us to serve as His priests! My description probably does not do it justice, but I have never been either as busy, or as fulfilled,
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With Your Prayers... My name is Martin J. Noe. I will be finishing my 1st year of theology as a seminarian for the Diocese of Norwich. I attend Holy Apostles College and Seminary in By Martin J. Noe Cromwell CT. This year in the seminary has been particularly exciting for me for several reasons. First of all, being accepted as a seminarian for the Diocese of Norwich has brought me much joy. Bishop Michael Cote’ and my vocation director Fr. Greg Galvin have been very helpful to me, and I’m looking forward to serving in this Diocese. This acceptance to the Diocese of Norwich brought a most welcoming response from many parishioners and prayer groups throughout the Diocese who dedicate many hours in prayer for vocations to the priesthood. Their many e-mails and cards were heartfelt and encouraging. Also, on September 8th, the feast day of the birth of Mary, Bishop Cote’ presided at the Mass and dedicated the new Mary Queen of the Apostles Chapel. The seminary was blessed with a visit from Cardinal Arinze this school year in which he opened up discussion with seminarians on many Church issues. Bishop Cote’ presided at Mass for the installation of lectors and acolytes at which I was installed as lector. The second semester of the
year started with a week long retreat, that helps to give seminarians further insight into their priestly formation and their calling to serve the Church. Also, presented to us this year were speakers and conferences to assist our growth to the priesthood, such as Fr. Cathay speaking to us on the Holy Spirit working in our lives, and a conference on Sacred Art. At Holy Apostles there are four pillars of priestly formation in which we are expected to grow in, on our way to ordination. These four pillars are Spiritual growth, Human formation (social development), Intellectual formation, and Pastoral formation (skills). The community life here consists of approximately 80 seminarians and the scheduling allows for this type of development. In general, there is prayer and Mass every morning, evening prayer and holy hours, meals and work periods together, a curriculum of philosophy and theology, and pastoral reflection classes. The seminarians here represent Dioceses and religious orders from various parts of the country and also outside the U.S... I see a lot of good future priests in these men. With the help of the priests, the faculty, my fellow seminarians, and the prayers of so many, I’m looking forward to fulfilling my call to the priesthood.
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Joy is a Priest Seldom does it happen whereby one has an opportunity to pursue their dream or what I By Michael Salerno
like to call vocation, a second time. As a young altar server, I admired our parish priest who was a catalyst in my choosing a vocation toward the priesthood. Keeping my dream alive, I attended catholic high school and upon graduation was accepted to the minor seminary to begin my studies. After graduating from the minor seminary and many months of contemplation, I decided to place my vocation on hold and continue my college studies in other areas, all with faith in God that HE would not let me stray far from His “calling”. The years that followed included my receiving undergraduate and graduate degrees, various professional positions in higher education, and the federal government. As the years passed, my professional career took off. With the many positions grew greater responsibilities which were very rewarding and fulfilling. It afforded me opportunities to do things I never thought I could do. I traveled to many countries throughout the world, but there was something missing. That “something missing” feeling kept on getting stronger, and I started to look back on my life and realized that while some things had changed, some things had not. What struck me, is that on my very first day at the minor seminary, we were given a breviary (Liturgy of the Hours) to say our daily prayers, and 36 years later I was still praying every day from that very same breviary with the decal “Joy is a Priest” still affixed to the cover, only some parts had peeled away from all those years of use. I was still attending Mass, served as a
lector, and taught catechism, but there was still more I could do and needed to do. Realizing GOD had given me so much already but - it was time for me to give back. HE wanted me back! Through reflection, discernment, hours upon hours of prayer, and discussions with various priests, I made the decision to apply to the Diocese of Norwich to begin again studies for the priesthood. Completing the application process and being accepted by the Diocese and Blessed John XXIII National Seminary, I thought I was on my way. Not so fast, other obstacles or perhaps tests of faith had their way with me. A work related leg injury nine years earlier was injured again requiring three separate surgeries, and the poor real estate market hampered the sale of my home, and my Mom suddenly passed away. With the many prayers and support from family members, friends, priests, Bishop Cote, Seminary Rector, and my faith in GOD, three years later the house sold, the leg is healing, my Mom is looking down upon me from Heaven and I am in the seminary again finishing my first year of theology. With so much that has transpired in my life thus far, I continue to reflect on the analogy of the trapeze artists. In every acrobatic show performed by trapeze artists, there are two roles: there is always a “flyer” and always a “catcher”. The most important role is that of the “catcher”. The “flyer's” life always depends on the “catcher”. The “flyer” must have total, unwavering trust in the “catcher”. The only reason I have been able to hear GOD calling me, is that He has always been there catching me. Each time I strayed, each time I faulted, He was my “catcher” and I have placed my life into the hands of GOD.
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Annual Chrism Mass A Joyous Celebration of Priestly Service and Holy Sacraments
wich, an overflow crowd of parishioners, priests, deacons, religious, seminarians, ministries’ workers and volunteers, student greeters and ushers, the Norwich Diocesan Choir, the Jonathan Clark Brass Ensemble, the Connecticut String Trio, St. Mary’s Haitian Choir and Jubilarian honorees all joined Bishop Michael R. Cote in celebrating a Mass dedicated to the renewal of the priestly commitment to service and the blessing of the sacred sacramental oils. The ceremony, liturgy and music of this special occasion was joyfully representative of the diversity and cultural harmony within the diocese. Many of the readings, prayers, and hymns were recited in Spanish and Creole as well as English. It was, in every respect, a gathering of the expanding diocesan family.
Bishop Cote, in his homily the Lord to bless them with the message, gave words to the occa- fullness of his love, to help them sion, borrowed from St. Peter, “It be faithful ministers of Christ, so is good for us to be here.” This that they will be able to lead you was the overarching sentiment of to Him, the fountain of your salthe day. There was so much par- vation.” He referenced the Holy ticipation by so many. Even after Hours for Vocations rotating the Mass had ended, parish rep- through the diocese as an opporresentatives stayed on to receive tunity for families to pray for voeach parish’s supply of the three cations within the diocese. The Chrism oils. One of Mass honored the oils is for It is good for priests of adult catechumany years of mens and inus to be here service, priests fants, another still new to the for anointing the sick, and the sacred oil of diocese and future priests. It chrism for baptism, confirma- honored sacred sacramental signs tion, the ordination of priests and rites of the Church. One of and the consecration of altars the blessings of the oil of Catechumen captured the universal and churches. Making the connection be- appeal of the Chrism Mass celetween priestly and sacramental brated in Norwich and around life, Bishop Cote reminded us the world: “Lord God help them (those that Jesus shepherds us through his priests and sacraments. This anointed with the oil) to accept is the essence of the Chrism cel- the challenge of Christian living, and lead them to the joy of new ebration. The Bishop called on all pres- birth in the family of your ent to “pray for your priests. Ask Church.”
Awaiting blessing of the sacred oils.
Photo by Phil Twomey
On a Tuesday morning at the begining of Holy Week at the Cathedral of St. Patrick in NorBy Michael STrammiello
Bishop Cote recognizes the priest jubilarians: Photo by Phil Twomey 55 Years Rev. Anthony P. Kuzdal (deceased April 12, 2011) Re. John Marciniak Rev. Robert E. McNultry
June 24, 1956 Feb. 2, 1956
50 Years Rev. Joseph G. Finnerty
May 11, 1961
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May 19, 1966 July 10, 1966 Jan 6, 1966
40 Years Rev. Augustine Naduvilekoot Rev. Stanley Szczapa
May 10, 1956
March 15, 1971 May 15, 1971
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Sixteenth Annual Diocesan Mass for Secretaries Celebrated at Cathedral of Saint Patrick Norwich – April 26, 2011: The Most Reverend Michael R. Cote, D.D., Bishop of Norwich, as By Michael STrammiello
Principal Celebrant of the Annual Secretaries Mass, welcomed all gathered with a prayer of thanksgiving for secretaries as “true examples of Christian service to others.” Bishop Cote was joined by Father Leszek T.Janik, J.C.L., V.G., Vicar General of the Diocese of Norwich, Monsignor Robert L. Brown, Chancellor and Master of Ceremonies, Monsignor Anthony S. Rosaforte as host
Pastor of the Cathedral of St. Patrick, nine concelebrants and homilist Father Richard J. Ricard. Only two days removed from Easter Sunday, the sanctuary was magnificently adorned with spring plants blossoming in pink, yellow and white. The traditional Paschal candle and the wooden cross draped in white, signified the continuing Eastertide observance. It was a joyful setting and season for the occasion. As is customary, a dozen pink roses were presented to Bishop Cote by secretaries representing the four counties, seven deaneries and the central diocesan seat. Father Ricard, in his homily, shared with the congregation that his mother had been a legal secretary. He spoke of the secretary’s art of “bringing calm to chaos.” “Secretaries,” he recounted from much experience, are “called by the Risen Lord to make the workplace a better place.” The secretaries who work for the Church are very Photos by Phil Twomey
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Healthcare Workers celebrate 21st Annual White Mass “Lord, Great Healer, I kneel before You” At the Cathedral of Saint Patrick, May 1, 2011, on Divine Mercy Sunday, Bishop Michael R. Cote By Michael STrammiello
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celebrated the Twenty-First Annual White Mass, joined by fellow clergy, religious and lay Officers of the Mass, among them Reverend Anthony P. Gruber as homilist, and readers, Peter F. Moore, M.D., George A. Sprecace, M.D., J.D., and Robert J. Keltner, M.D. The White Mass, well attended as always, is a prayerful opportunity for the science of healthcare to intersect with the mystery and healing power of faith in the Lord. In the Communion Hymn, words and song rejoice in the sacramental gift of the Eucharist and the mystery of the Catholic faith, “…that we may live the mystery we share.” This is a day to recognize that medical practice and faith provide a balance of healing and hope. Bishop Cote welcomed all present – physicians and patients, nurses and technicians, chaplains and administrators, families and friends – acknowledging that “all have come together to restore hope and renew our faith.” Father Gruber further recognized, in his homily, the compassion and faith that distinguish the healthcare
profession from all others. He drew monies, Michael M. Deren, M.D. a connection between the encounter introduced invited speaker Anthony Jesus had with the unbelieving G. Alessi, M.D., author of Lift Up Thomas, as he invited Thomas to Your Hearts: Healing Haiti, Land of touch the wound in his side – and Hardship, who spoke on his mission the examination and “body lan- work in Haiti. Dr. Alessi, widely recguage” observations of the medical ognized as a tireless advocate of the profession. The faith and medical gravely suffering people of Haiti, care connection, as Father expressed spoke of the still urgent medical crisis in Haiti. Having worked it, “rests in the hope of in the MASH-like tent bringing healing and operations on the wellness to our bodies ground there and and to our lives” -having visited as attending to our recently as late spiritual as well as April, he spoke p h y s i c a l of the strong wounds. “May faith, pride and we bear witness resilience of a to the healing people to whom mercy flowing the diocese has from the been connected wounds of the for almost thirty Lord Jesus.” years. As he exUnder the dipressed it, “The rerection of Douglas lief and medical Green, the inspiring support work continumusic liturgy was pering in Haiti is the practical formed by the Cathedral application of our choir, the Jonathan Dr. Anthony Alessi faith.” This, he said, is Clark Brass Ensemble, Steven Tavares on Timpani and “what it means to be a Christian.” White Mass Committee ChairDoug Green as organist. Following Mass was the annual person, Deacon Gerald L. Shaw, White Mass brunch with the Dr. M.D. has announced that next David P. and Mrs. Joan Lauler Me- year’s White Mass will be held on morial Lecture. Master of Cere- April 22, 2012.
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The New Translation of the Roman Missal As we already have heard, on November 27, 2011, all Catholic parishes in the United By Sister Elissa Rinere, CP, JCD Office of Worship
States will begin using a new translation of the Roman Missal. Missals, Roman and otherwise, have a very interesting history which extends back for over 1000 years. For the first several centuries of the Church, the celebration of Mass was regional. This meant that different areas of the Church celebrated differently, both in ceremony and in language. Over time, missals, books that contained the texts and rubrics for the celebration of the Eucharist, began to develop. Following the Council of Trent (1545-1563) the celebration of the Eucharist was standardized according to the liturgy of the city of
Rome. In July 1570 the first edition of the Roman Missal was issued by Pope Pius V, and all Roman Catholics were expected to follow its rubrics. Most regional celebrations ceased. The language of the Mass was to be
Latin, since that was the language of the Church of Rome. Although there were several corrections and various changes made through the centuries, the Roman Missal of 1570 remained the standard for the Roman Catholic Church until 1962, when Pope John XXIII issued a new Roman Missal. The 1962 Roman Missal was revised again following the decisions of the Second Vatican Council (1962-1965). The unity of prayer
and worship established after Trent was retained, but unity of language was not. The bishops of every nation were to take the Latin edition of the then newly issued 1969 Roman Missal and have it translated into the language of the people - the vernacular. The first English edition of the 1969 Roman Missal was printed in 1973. This English translation is currently in use in our parishes. In 2002, Pope John Paul II issued a third edition of the Roman Missal. In this Missal the celebration of the Eucharist did not
changed; but new prayers, new saints and new feasts are added to the Church’s calendar. The work of translating this 2002 Roman Missal into the languages of the world has been ongoing since it was first published. The liturgical changes being introduced into our parishes in November involve new words, new prayers, new saints and feasts but no new actions or rubrics. The Roman Missal is the fundamental liturgical book of the Roman Catholic Church. It binds together in faith all the Catholics of the world, and centers us around
the Eucharist as the core of our religious practice. There has been quite a bit of debate over the new English translation of the 2002 Missal which we will begin to use in November. Some feel it will help to improve our worship, while others see it as unnecessary. Ultimately, it is we who pray the prayers of the Missal who will determine its impact. Will we hear new words with new ears? In November, when we begin to use this new translation of the Mass there will be little impact if we do not pray with renewed hearts.
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Honoring Those You Love By MaryLou Gannotti Director of Planned Giving
2011 Women’s Conference Photo by Phil Twomey Professor Vallimar Jansen addressing the Diocese of Norwich First Annual Catholic Women’s Conference, April 16, at St. Bernard School in Uncasville, CT. An excellent turnout of over 150 attendees participated in an invigorating program focusing on being women of God, women of prayer, women of evangelization. Bishop Cote welcomed the gathering with a prayer asking that all present dedicate the day to God’s praise and service…”Renew us in the hope of a new humanity which has dawned upon the world in Christ, your Son…” A very successful first conference.
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Enjoy the Best of Both Worlds Reverend Anthony P. Kuzdal July 5, 1923 - April 12, 2011 Colchester - Reverend Anthony P. Kuzdal, 87, passed away peacefully Tuesday, April 12, 2011 at St. Mary Home in West Hartford. Born, July 5, 1923 in Willimantic, Tony was the son of Anthony and Mary Kuzdal. A 1944 graduate of the University of Connecticut (B.S.), he later served at UConn as a graduate assistant in the Chemistry Department before beginning his studies for the priesthood. He graduated from St. Thomas Seminary in Bloomfield, St. Mary Seminary in Baltimore and the Catholic University in Washington, D.C., and was ordained into the priesthood on May, 10, 1956 at the Cathedral of St. Patrick in Norwich by the Most Reverend Bernard J. Flanagan, D.D, Bishop of Norwich. Father Tony began and concluded his 37 years as a parish priest at St. Andrew Parish in Colchester. He spent five weeks as a summer assistant at St. Andrew in May-June of 1956 before moving to St. Thomas Aquinas Parish in Storrs, on the campus of his alma mater, as assistant pastor from 1956-64. He served as assistant pastor at St. Mary in Portland (1964-66) and St. Bernard in Rockville (1966-68). In July of 1968, Father Tony was named to his first pastorate at St. Stephen Church in Quinebaug and in June of 1977 he was appointed pastor of St. Edward the Confessor Church in Stafford Springs. In November of 1984, Father Kuzdal returned to St. Andrew Parish in Colchester and he retired from his final pastoral assignment in July of 1993. Father Kuzdal is survived by a niece, Patricia Tolokan of North Windham, CT, nephew Timothy Tolokan and wife Diane of Storrs, CT and nephew Anthony Tolokan and wife Mary and great nephews John and Alek of North Salt Lake, UT. In addition to his parents, Father Tony was predeceased by sisters Rose Tolokan and Josephine Beaudry and brothers Theodore and Thomas. The family wishes to express its sincere thanks for the exceptional care provided Father Tony by the nurses and staff at St. Joseph Living Center in Willimantic and St. Mary Home in West Hartford.
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