The five men becoming priests for the Diocese of Brooklyn June 30 were ordained transitional deacons during three separate Masses in Rome, Yonkers and Astoria.
The invitation to discipleship for Father Jose Diaz, 28, came in the form of a letter from a concerned friend during high school.
This year’s Schola Advent and Christmas concerts will raise funds for the cultural and spiritual enrichment programs for seminarians at St. Joseph Seminary in Yonkers throughout the year.
Five of the men who will be ordained priests this weekend were ordained transitional deacons at St. Joseph’s Seminary, Dunwoodie, where they studied theology. The ordinations were done last November by Rockville Centre Bishop William Murphy in the chapel at Dunwoodie.
The St. Cecilia Academy, an educational program ran by St. Joseph’s Seminary, Dunwoodie, turned out its first graduates in November.
Being one of 2,500 people in attendance for evening prayers with Pope Francis at St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Manhattan, Sept. 24, seminarian Mark Bristol described the experience as intimate.
At St. Joseph’s Seminary in Yonkers, third-year student Tom Griffin said he finds “a sense of camaraderie here, of belonging, that you’re not in this alone.”
This is the fourth year that seminarians from Brooklyn and Queens will study theology at St. Joseph’s Seminary in Yonkers. For 80 years prior to that, the men had lived at Immaculate Conception Seminary, Huntington. The change is part of a new inter-diocesan program that consolidates resources and opens up opportunities for theological studies to others besides men studying for the priesthood.
My dear brothers and sisters in the Lord, To be called to be a successor of the Apostles is a great honor, but also a great responsibility. During the week of July 5, the two Bishops-elect, James Massa and Witold Mroziewski, and I spent a week on retreat at St. Joseph’s Seminary in Dunwoodie.
For Father John Gribowich, 36, the best type of ministry is to love others. “I have a great love for the poor ever since I was in high school. I want to live the social justice mission of the church.”