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Diakonia: A Simple Cup of Coffee

Posted on August 13, 2022 in: Vocations

Diakonia: A Simple Cup of Coffee
Toward the end of our first year of actual formation in 2004 (the previous year was the year as an aspirant) we were encouraged to ask our pastors for a role in some active ministry in our parishes or elsewhere where we could actively participate. Our formation was to be directed primarily to &ld...

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Bishop's Column: Sowing Seeds
August 2022 Four County Catholic Sowing Seeds “So shall my word be that goes forth from my mouth; It shall not return to me empty, but shall do what pleases me, achieving the end for which I sent it.” Isaiah 55:11   My dear brothers and sisters in Christ, Many ...

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“It Was Like a Wedding” 

Posted on August 02, 2022 in: Vocations

“It Was Like a Wedding” 
Cade Buckheit is a rising Senior at the University of Connecticut. He is an active member of the UCONN Catholic Community. He serves the student Mass at St. Thomas Aquinas Chapel on Sundays and participates in campus ministry events and activities. I invited Cade to serve the Ordination Mass of Fr. ...

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Rest in Peace, Sr. Rita Johnson, SSND
Sr. Rita K. Johnson, SSND, Diocesan Director of Ministry to the Sick died on Thursday, July 21, 2022, at W.W. Backus Hospital in Norwich.  Born in Roxbury, Massachusetts on May 10, 1942, she was the daughter of the late Rita K. (Craven) Johnson and John Johnson. Sister Rita was bo...

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Monthly Hour Hour for Vocations

Posted on July 25, 2022 in: Vocations

Monthly Hour Hour for Vocations
Join us August 11, at 6 p.m. at St. john Church, Old Saybrook, as we pray for men to answer the call to be instruments of God’s grace as priests and for women to answer the call to consecrated life.  The Most Reverend Michael R. Cote, D.D., Bishop of Norwich, leads the Holy Hour. ...

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Clergy Appointments

Posted on July 20, 2022 in: News, Vocations

Clergy Appointments
July 5, 2022 The Most Reverend Michael R. Cote, D. D., Bishop of Norwich, has made the following clergy and diocesan appointment in the Diocese of Norwich   Reverend Jacob Ramos, newly ordained, to Parochial Vicar, Our Lady Queen of Peace Parish - Coventry and Storrs. Effective: Ju...

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Updated "Program of Priestly Formation in the United States of America" is Released
The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has announced the release of the updated Program of Priestly Formation in the United States of America (PPF). The sixth edition of this document which was promulgated on the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus on June 24, is particular law in the Ch...

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New Employment Opportunities in the Diocese of Norwich
Looking for a job? There are more than a dozen open positions listed on our website. Here are just a few of the opportunities.  More are being added weekly. Bookmark the link below NorwichDiocese.org/Employment.       Be sure to keep the link to Norwi...

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'A Priest Forever' - The Ordination of Rev. Jacob Ramos
“You are a priest forever, in the order of Melchizedek.” -- Psalm 110   A celebration of the ordination to the priesthood of Reverend Jacob Ramos for service as a priest in the Diocese of Norwich took place June 25, 2022. The Ritual Mass for the Conferral of Holy Or...

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An Invitation to the Ordination of Deacon Jacob Ramos
  You are cordially invited to the Cathedral of Saint Patrick for the Mass of Ordination of Deacon Jacob Ramos Saturday, June 25, 2022 at 10:30 a.m.   Unable to attend in person? The Mass also will be livestreamed: NorwichDiocese.org/Masses   Related articles ...

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Come Pray For Vocations

Posted on March 20, 2023 in: Events, Vocations

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Come Pray For Vocations
Join us each month to pray a Eucharistic Holy Hour for vocations led by Bishop Cote. These hours of adoration are a wonderful opportunity to pray for vocations to priesthood and religious life, to pray for our seminarians, and for our priests and religious already serving our diocese. The first Holy Hour of 2023 is Thursday, January 19 at 6 PM.  See the schedule below.  January 19, SS. Peter & Paul, Norwich February 16, St. John, Montville March 16, Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Quaker Hill April 20, St. Philip, Ashford May 11, St. Andrew, Colc...

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Forgive them-The Video

Posted on March 21, 2023 in: News, Vocations

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Forgive them-The Video
Here is the video of how a misplaced homily created ripples that went on to work a miracle of God's grace for at least one family. Hopefully, sharing this will lead to more people realizing that life is too short to not forgive. If you haven't read the article in the Winter 2023 issue of the Four County Catholic magazine, we've included it below. The video can be found after the article. Forgive them, they know not what they do The words below are an edited transcript of a sermon given recently in the diocese. Whenever I’m giving a homi...

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An Unlikely Chaplain Evangelizing an Unlikely Team
Mount St. Mary Seminary has a tradition of allowing seminarians to act as sports chaplains for the university’s sports teams. Thanks to the work of now-Father Jacob Ramos, who was head chaplain at the time, I was asked to act as sports chaplain for the women’s rugby team —– a group that had not had sports chaplains the previous four years.  What that meant for me was that I was working with a team that had no idea what a sports chaplain was supposed to do, and I didn’t either. Throwing everything against the wall for the past three seme...

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