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Monthly Holy Hour for Vocations

Posted on September 11, 2019 in: Events, Vocations

Monthly Holy Hour for Vocations
Join us at St. Francis Church in Lebanon at 6pm on September 19, 2019 as we pray for men to answer the call to be instruments of God’s grace as priests and for women to answer the call to consecrated life.  St. Francis Church 67 West Town Street Lebanon, 06249

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In Memoriam - Sister Mary Rita Clare Hoffner
Sister Mary Rita Clare Hoffner, 91, a Sister of Mercy, died on August 17, 2019 at St. Mary Home in West Hartford after a brief illness. Born of the late William and Olivine (Gardner) Hoffner in Manchester, CT she was also raised there. After graduating high school, Rita became a Sister of Mercy on December 28, 1946 and pronounced her vows on June 28, 1949 taking the religious name, Sister Mary Rita Clare. She began teaching primary grades in parish schools within the Hartford Archdiocese, earning a B.S. degree in education, studying on a part time basis. She continued to...

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Venerable Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen to be Beatified
Archbishop Fulton Sheen, beloved American television catechist in the 1950s and 60s, has moved closer to becoming a saint. On July 12, Pope Francis approved a miracle attributed to the Archbishop, making his beatification possible. The Vatican Congregation for the Causes of Saints promulgated the decree approving Sheen’s miracle on July 6. According to the Catholic News Agency, the miracle involves the unexplained recovery of James Fulton Engstrom, born apparently stillborn in September 2010 to Bonnie and Travis Engstrom of the Peoria- area town of Goodfield. He sh...

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Archbishop Sheen, beatification, miracle

Vocations Corner

Posted on August 14, 2019 in: Vocations

Vocations Corner
  Father Gregory Galvin, Director of Priestly Vocations In memory and honor of Monsignor Thomas R. Bride, who went home to his heavenly reward on June 26, please offer one Hail Mary, one Our Father and one Glory Be, in thanksgiving for his dedication to the priesthood and especially for serving as former Director of Vocations for 34 years. Thank you. Monsignor Bride was instrumental in assisting many of the men who are serving as priests in our diocese. He was my vocation director as well as a very good friend. He loved the Church and he loved Christ in the Eu...

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Vocations, Norwich, Priests
Monthly Holy Hour for Vocations - August 8th at 6pm in Stafford Springs, CT
Join us at St. Edward's Church in Stafford Springs at 6pm on August 8, 2019 as we pray for men to answer the call to be instruments of God’s grace as priests of Jesus Christ. St Edward's Church 6 Benton St, Stafford Springs, CT 06076

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Monthly Holy Hour for Vocations - July 18th at 6pm in Mystic, CT
Join us at St Patrick Church in Mystic at 6pm on July 18, 2019 as we pray for men to answer the call to be instruments of God’s grace as priests of Jesus Christ. St. Patrick Church 32 E Main St. Mystic, CT 06355

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Vocations, Prayer, Holy Hour, Mystic
Father Michael Castiblanco Ordained to the Priesthood
A celebration of the ordination to the priesthood of Reverend Michael Castiblanco for service as a priest in the Diocese of Norwich took place June 29, 2019. The Ritual Mass for the Conferral of Holy Orders took place at the Cathedral of St. Patrick in Norwich, with the Most Reverend Michael R. Cote, D.D., Bishop of Norwich, as the ordaining celebrant. Father Castiblanco is a native of Columbia, and his parents traveled from there to Norwich for the ordination.  For photos from the ordination, click the photo or this link to be taken to a gallery.

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Norwich, Castiblanco, Priest, Connecticut, Ordination, Columbia
Monsignor Thomas R. Bride -- February 23, 1940 – June 26, 2019
Reverend Monsignor Thomas R. Bride February 23, 1940 – June 26, 2019 Norwich – Reverend Monsignor Thomas R. Bride PA, KCHS, of the Diocese of Norwich, was called to eternal rest with the Lord on Wednesday, June 26, 2019. Monsignor Bride faithfully served the parishioners of the Diocese in various capacities during his 52 years as a priest. Positions of note include: Director of Vocations for 34 years; Vicar General for 21 Years; Pastor of Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Quaker Hill and Pastor of Christ the King Church, Old Lyme. Ordained May 4, 1...

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Who Are the New Priests of 2019
Father Gregory Galvin, Director of Priestly Vocations The Catholic News Agency recently published an article written by Mary Farrow entitled “Who Are the New Priests of 2019”. Below are excerpts which give you a good picture of what is going on in the hearts and minds of the young men being ordained to the priesthood in the United States and what is most likely attracting them into saying yes to our Lord’s call. The article began: “This year, 481 men in the United States will kneel in cathedral churches and be ordained as Catholic priests f...

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Monthly Holy Hour for Vocations - June 28th at 7pm in Norwich, CT
Join us at St Patrick Cathedral at 213 Broadway, Norwich at 7pm on June 28, 2019 as we pray for men to answer the call to be instruments of God’s grace as priests of Jesus Christ.

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Vocations, Prayer, Holy Hour
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