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Venerable Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen to be beatified
Vatican City, (CNA).- Pope Francis approved the miracle attributed to Archbishop Fulton Sheen Friday, making possible the American television catechist's beatification. The Vatican Congregation for the Causes of Saints promulgated the decree approving Sheen’s miracle on July 6. The miracle involves the unexplained recovery of James Fulton Engstrom, a boy born apparently stillborn in September 2010 to Bonnie and Travis Engstrom of the Peoria-area town of Goodfield. He showed no signs of life as medical professionals tried to revive him. The child&rsq...

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Archbishop Sheen, beatification, miracle
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
DHS Jubilarians Celebrate Faithful Service
By Ryan Blessing The Daughters of the Holy Spirit celebrated a combined total of 855 years of service by 16 Jubilarians at a special Mass on June 2 at the St. Joseph Church in Willimantic. Six of the Jubilarians marked anniversaries of 70 years with the DHS. Two Daughters celebrate 65 years, three marked 60 years and five Associates are in their 25th year. “All of you as Jubilarians, whether you are celebrating 70 years, 65 or 60 years of consecrated life, have demonstrated tremendous love for the Lord and His people,” the Most Reverend Michael R. Cote,...

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Mass of Ordination to the Diaconate of Reverend Mr. Michael Bovino
By Ryan Blessing Mr. Michael Bovino was ordained to the Diaconate in a Mass of Ordination on Thursday, May 23, at St. Mary Church, in Stonington Borough. Deacon Michael Castiblanco, who was ordained last year, called the Elect, Michael Bovino, forward during the Rite of Ordination before the Most Reverend Michael R. Cote, Bishop of Norwich. “Relying on the help of the Lord God and our Savior Jesus Christ,” Bishop Cote said, “We choose this man, our brother, for the Order of the Diaconate.” During the Promise of the Elect, Mr. Bovino was q...

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A Thank You to Donors to the Annual Diocesan Seminary Fund Collection
By Father Gregory Galvin, Director of Priestly Vocations A special thank you to all who participated in the Annual Diocesan Seminary Fund Collection. On behalf of our past, present and future seminarians, we thank you! Why is this particular collection so important? In case you did not have the opportunity to donate in years past or hesitated to donate because of all that has gone on with regards to the scandals of clergy in the news these past ten months, please take a few moments more and read on. First, consider the future of your Church, your diocese, your childr...

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Monthly Holy Hour for Vocations - May 16th at 6pm in Clinton, CT
Join us at St Mary's Church of Visitation at 54 Grove St. in Clinton, CT at 6pm on May 16 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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Monthly Holy Hour for Vocations-April 25th
APRIL 25th  6 pm St. Patrick, East Hampton

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Hundreds attend Annual Chrism Mass
The annual Chrism Mass took place Tuesday morning at the Cathedral of St. Patrick in Norwich, where hundreds of faithful communicants continued the celebration of Holy Week leading up to Easter. The Most Rev. Michael R. Cote, D.D., Bishop of the Diocese of Norwich, blessed the sacramental oils that will be used by parishes throughout the diocese in the coming year for baptism, confirmation, anointing of the sick and the ordination of priests. Bishop Cote also acknowledged the terrible fire that almost completely destroyed the Roman Catholic Cathedral of Notre Dame in ...

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Father Gregory Galvin, Director of Priestly Vocations It’s hard to believe that by the time Easter arrives this year we will only be ten days away from the month of May. God continues to answer the many prayers from all parts of the diocese regarding an increase of vocations. I am excited to announce that Bishop Cote happily accepted Mark Johnson into sponsorship to begin studies for the priesthood. Mark has been discerning a vocation to the priesthood actively since his sophomore year at UCONN and will hopefully be accepted into seminary later this summer. He will be graduating from UCONN in May, with two...

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Answering the Call

Posted on March 09, 2019 in: Vocations

Answering the Call
by Father Gregory Galvin, Director of Priestly Vocations As we to prepare for Lent and Easter, it is very easy to forget who we truly are, and what we have committed ourselves to as followers of Christ. Are we ready to recommit ourselves to working more diligently to become who God has created us to be, and called us to become? Remember, He calls us to holiness and sainthood, He created us for greatness that we may share in the fullness of the gift of His Love, oneness with Him and His Son, resting in the fullness of their Spirit. He has called us to do so through a part...

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   Frather Gregory Galvin  Pastor of St. Bridget of Kildare in Moodus and St. Patrick in East Hampton, Director of Vocations for the Diocese of Norwich. Ordination Date: May 28, 1994, by Bishop Daniel P. Reilly at the Cathedral of St. Patrick Nowich     Where are you from? I was born at Chelsea Naval Hospital in Massachusetts and grew up in Dover, Massachusetts. Who was your biggest influence for entering the priesthood? Father Alfred Kunz, a priest of the Madison Diocese of Wisconsin, who ran a parish, a parochial school at the parish, was a canon lawyer and also worked ...

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