On June 27 at 11 a.m., Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio will have laid his hands on the heads of four men
who will promise celibacy, simplicity, obedience, and prayer in service of God’s people. In so doing
they will be ordained priests for the Diocese of Brooklyn and Queens.
It was the strangest Holy Week in recent memory throughout the Diocese of Brooklyn.
Nine priests of the Diocese of Brooklyn have been named monsignor, a title that is typically bestowed upon priests who have distinguished themselves.
In the confines of one of the vacant, quaint rooms within the diocesan seminary in Douglaston that houses not only the young men studying for the priesthood, but also more than 35 retired priests, sits a slim, older man in a casual suit.
CTN — the educational media service department of DeSales Media Group, which is The Tablet’s parent company — started “Dial-a-priest” during the year of vocations called by Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio two years ago. The idea is to give students in the Diocese of Brooklyn a chance to meet more priests beyond those in their parish and hear a variety of vocation stories.
Father Adjei is among the 80 clergy from all over the world who are pitching in this summer, giving the priests of Brooklyn and Queens time to go on vacation or retreat. He got hooked on baseball because of Father Ed Kachurka, the pastor at Mary’s Nativity-St. Ann parish, Flushing, which is where Father Adjei is assigned.
The new priests are Father Michael F. Falce, Pedro Angucho Lopez, JohnPaul Obiaeri and Edwin A. Ortiz. During the two-hour liturgy in front of a full church, the four men pledged obedience to the Bishop and his successors as they proclaimed that they were ready to serve the people of Brooklyn and Queens.
I hope you’ve been watching “On the Block,” my interview show on NET-TV. On it, we travel to different neighborhoods to interview priests about their vocations. We talk about when the call to priesthood first struck them, the process of preparing for priesthood and what their lives were like before they were priests.