Father James F. Dorr, C.M., a native of Buffalo, N.Y., attended Niagara University, Georgetown University, and the Mexican North American School of Cultural Relations.
Recently I took advantage of a free weekday morning (a rarity for most pastors) to do some visiting. I intended to spend some time with two elderly diocesan priests who have tremendously influenced my life and my priesthood. Both are now residing at the Bishop Mugavero Residence.
Father Thomas P. Brislin, C.P., rector of the Immaculate Conception Monastery, Jamaica, will celebrate his 50th anniversary of ordination on Sunday, June 23, at St. Ann’s Passionist Basilica, Scranton, Pa. He also will observe the jubilee as part of a communal ceremony at Immaculate Conception Monastery.
Father Andrzej Wasko, S.D.S., parochial vicar at Our Lady of Consolation Church, Williamsburg, will celebrate a Mass of thanksgiving at the church on Sunday, June 10, at 11 a.m. to mark his 25th anniversary of ordination.
A vocation is such a personal and intimate thing, I never cared to talk about mine much. So maybe now, just a little, in this Year of Vocations.
Pope Francis told priests that Mary is a model of how to be close to people, since “‘she walks at our side, she shares our struggles and she constantly surrounds us with God’s love,’ in such a way that no one feels left out.”
The total number of potential ordinands for the class of 2018 in the U.S. is 430 – down from 590 in 2017. According to CARA’s annual survey of the Ordination Class of 2018, almost all responding ordinands reported being baptized Catholic as an infant.
Good Shepherd Sunday at St. Sebastian’s Church, Woodside, was also observed as Vocations Sunday.
I was honored to receive the St. Francis de Sales Diocesan Communicator’s Award last week from Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio at our annual celebration of World Communications Day.