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Only in Print: Virtual Hugs Keep Seminarian Connected with Doting Mom, Deacon Dad

Salazar family members posed for this photo in late July at their longtime parish, St. Joan of Arc, Jackson Heights, Queens. They are (from left) Deacon Paulo Salazar, son Paulo Emilio, and Carola, wife, and mother. Emilio (that’s what his parents call him at home) traveled a few days later to Rome, Italy where he continues his studies for the priesthood at the Pontifical North American College. (Photo: Courtesy of Salazar family)

JACKSON HEIGHTS — COVID-19 travel restrictions prevented Deacon Paulo Salazar and his wife, Carola, from enjoying Thanksgiving Day in Rome with their son, Paulo Emilio, who is in the Eternal City continuing his studies for the priesthood.

Humility and gratitude, however, fill the hearts of Paulo and Carola.

They have stayed healthy despite the pandemic’s cruel assault upon their neighborhood and their home parish, St. Joan of Arc, Jackson Heights, Queens …

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