Simply stated, without priests, there is no Eucharist, and without the Eucharist, there is no Church. So on the same day the Catholic Church celebrated the feast day of St. John Vianney, the patron saint for diocesan priests, seminarians from the Cathedral House of Formation in Douglaston, celebrated a special Mass and barbecue with Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio as the diocese officially opened its Year of Vocations.
This week’s Tablet TALK announces the building up of a Bath Beach church, highlights a Whitestone parish’s Christmas album and salutes a school that brought Christmas smiles to pediatric cancer patients.
The Cathedral Seminary House of Formation at the Immaculate Conception Center in Douglaston held its 10th annual Evening of Lessons and Carols on Dec. 11, Gaudete Sunday.
Father James King, center, spiritual director at Cathedral Seminary House of Formation, Douglaston, is surrounded by his priest friends who concelebrated a Mass of thanksgiving marking his 25th anniversary as a priest.
Seven of the men who are celebrating their 25th anniversaries as priests were ordained by Bishop Thomas V. Daily on June 1, 1991. Details of the other ordinations are included in these brief biographies.
Twenty-four college seminarians from the Cathedral House of Formation, Douglaston, and four priests participated in a Holy Year pilgrimage to Rome and Assisi.