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Father Gregory Galvin, Director of Priestly Vocations It’s hard to believe that by the time Easter arrives this year we will only be ten days away from the month of May. God continues to answer the many prayers from all parts of the diocese regarding an increase of vocations. I am excited to announce that Bishop Cote happily accepted Mark Johnson into sponsorship to begin studies for the priesthood. Mark has been discerning a vocation to the priesthood actively since his sophomore year at UCONN and will hopefully be accepted into seminary later this summer. He will be graduating from UCONN in May, with two...

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Answering the Call

Posted on March 09, 2019 in: Vocations

Answering the Call
by Father Gregory Galvin, Director of Priestly Vocations As we to prepare for Lent and Easter, it is very easy to forget who we truly are, and what we have committed ourselves to as followers of Christ. Are we ready to recommit ourselves to working more diligently to become who God has created us to be, and called us to become? Remember, He calls us to holiness and sainthood, He created us for greatness that we may share in the fullness of the gift of His Love, oneness with Him and His Son, resting in the fullness of their Spirit. He has called us to do so through a part...

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   Frather Gregory Galvin  Pastor of St. Bridget of Kildare in Moodus and St. Patrick in East Hampton, Director of Vocations for the Diocese of Norwich. Ordination Date: May 28, 1994, by Bishop Daniel P. Reilly at the Cathedral of St. Patrick Nowich     Where are you from? I was born at Chelsea Naval Hospital in Massachusetts and grew up in Dover, Massachusetts. Who was your biggest influence for entering the priesthood? Father Alfred Kunz, a priest of the Madison Diocese of Wisconsin, who ran a parish, a parochial school at the parish, was a canon lawyer and also worked ...

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17,000 Young Adults Transform Convention Center into a Worship Center
Katheryn Jean Lopez, a writer for the National Review, opened an article she wrote regarding SEEK2019 in Indianapolis with the following: Curtis Martin might as well have been Saint Paul here. On the third day of the new year, the Indianapolis Convention Center transformed into a place of worship. Seventeen thousand took over the space in the name of Jesus, on the Christmas season feast of the Holy Name of Jesus, for the Fellowship of Catholic University Students’ biannual SEEK event, drawing in young people who are seeking something more out of life and even relig...

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Celebrating Consecrated Life

Posted on February 05, 2019 in: Vocations

Celebrating Consecrated Life
by Ryan Blessing Those who have devoted their lives to God’s calling gathered to celebrate and renew that commitment at the Mass of Thanksgiving for the Gift of Consecrated Life on February 3rd at the Cathedral of St. Patrick in Norwich. Among them were five Diocese of Norwich Jubilarians with a combined 275 years of consecrated life. “Two of us have 60 years, and two have 65 years,” Sister M. Marian St. Marie said. Sisters Pauline Lucie Champagne and Irene G. Charpentier have lived 65 years in consecrated life, while Sister St. Marie and Sister M...

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Over 700 People Venerate St. John Vianney Relic in Gales Ferry
"There is nothing so great as the Eucharist. If God had something more precious, he would have given it to us." -St. John Vianney Over 700 people flocked to Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Gales Ferry on December 13th to venerate the incorrupt heart of St. John Vianney. The major relic is in the early stages of a national tour organized by the Knights of Columbus, and at the request of Bishop Michael R. Cote, it was hosted as part of the diocese’s Monthly Holy Hour for Vocations. Housed in an ornate gold reliquary, the incorrupt heart was carried into th...

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St. John Vianney, Relic, Interrupt Heart

Discerning the Joy of Priesthood

Posted on November 07, 2018 in: Vocations

By Father Gregory Galvin, Director of Priestly Vocations So much has transpired over the last several months, some of which we touched on in the past two issues of the Four County Catholic Vocation Corner. However, I, like all of you, was saddened by the deeply disturbing news out of Pennsylvania and Washington in August. The reprint in last month’s Four County Catholic of Bishop Cote’s pastoral letter that went out to parishioners throughout the diocese, strengthened me. I am thankful for the leadership, support and resolve of our shepherd, Bishop Cote, who pledges to continue to protect the vulnerable and ...

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By Marianne Nicholas Father Brian Converse, Pastor Our Lady of Lourdes, Gales Ferry Ordination Date: May 25, 1991 Cathedral of St. Patrick, Norwich by Bishop Daniel P. Reilly   Where are you from? Woodstock, I have a wonderful, loving, and faithful family filled with old New England values.   Who was your biggest influence for entering the priesthood? Father Russell Boisvert and Father Paul Hebert what one word would describe your family? Hardworking. What do you enjoy most about being a priest? Celebration of the Sacraments, especially the Eucharist.   What do you enjoy doing in your ...

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Priests and parishioners gathered in grateful memory of Deacon Tom Lewis, a dear friend and servant of St. Joseph Parish in Norwich. Parishioners and members of the Lewis family gathered at the 4pm.Sunday Vigil Mass to pray for the soul of Deacon Tom and to hang in the entranceway a memorial plaque in his memory. Deacon Tom Lewis died last summer at age 85. He was a lifelong member of St. Joseph Parish and was the first permanent deacon to serve there. He served as a deacon from 2001-2007. Deacon Tom was revered for his gentleness, steadiness in ministry, and generous love. A Pot Luck Supper i...

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Bishop Ordains Three Permanent Deacons
In Service to the Church     Article by Edyta Wolk Photos by Marie Wynn On July 14 at the Cathedral of Saint Patrick, three men were ordained to the order of the permanent diaconate. Bishop Michael R. Cote, D.D. welcomed candidates Dan D’Amelio, Bryan Jones, and Kim Thompson, as well as their wives and families, to the church for the celebration of the rite of ordination. “We all rejoice with you,” the Bishop said to the ordinands. “We likewise congratulate you for your willingness to pursue this calling and for your re...

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