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Candidates Installed as Acolyte

Posted on October 05, 2022 in: Vocations

Candidates Installed as Acolyte
Bishop Cote confers the ministry of Acolyte on five men who are candidates for ordination to the permanent diaconate, on Sunday, October, 2, at the Church of the Holy Family, Hebron. The role of an acolyte is to aid the deacon and to minister to the priest. It is his duty to attend to the se...

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The Peace of Saint Francis

Posted on September 28, 2022 in: Vocations

The Peace of Saint Francis
  On October 4, the Church commemorates the Feast of Saint Francis of Assisi.  Francis, we know, is a very popular and beloved figure worldwide. He has inspired the hearts and minds of so many people, both religious and non-religious alike.  Founder of the Franciscan Orders of t...

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Vocations - Reflections on Summer Assignments
An integral part of a seminarian’s priestly formation is his summer assignment. Each summer, upon returning home from the seminary, our seminarians are assigned to different parishes in the Diocese for eight weeks of pastoral work and experience. This time in the parish is important for them. ...

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Diakonia - Prison Ministry

Posted on September 08, 2022 in: Vocations

Diakonia - Prison Ministry
Prison Ministry Having been a high school religion teacher for 18 years, I was in diaconal formation when my second high school was closed and I was jobless. At a retreat for deacon candidates and lay ministers on Ender’s Island, I was mulling over where I would do my six-week ministry r...

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Bishop's Column-I Was a Stranger and You Welcomed Me
September 2022 Four County Catholic I Was a Stranger and You Welcomed Me My dear brothers and sisters in Christ, Maintaining the dignity of life through its entire earthly journey is one of the essential callings of our beliefs. At the core, it defines our Catholic faith and who we are &nda...

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To Walk in Their Footsteps: Honoring the 150th Anniversary of the Sisters of Mercy
As the final bell sounds at the end of a long school day, a committee of faculty, staff and administration gather to pray. They are dubbed the “Mercy Circle” in collective spirit of keeping the mission of the Sisters of Mercy thriving within their community. Several months later, after m...

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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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Diocese Celebrates the Ordination of Three Men to the Priesthood
On June 29, 2024, the Diocese of Norwich celebrated the ordination of three young men to the priesthood, marking a joyous event for the community. “You bring with you many gifts granted to you by God in His goodness,” said The Most Rev. Michael R. Cote, Bishop of Norwich, to deacons Eric Carl Hosmer, Julian Felipe Cuervo-Lozada, and Alexander James Pandolfe during his homily. “Put them to good use, always, for the glory of God and the good of His holy people.” Bishop Cote expressed deep appreciation to Mount Saint Mary’s seminary faculty ...

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Clergy Appointments

Posted on July 01, 2024 in: News, Vocations

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Clergy Appointments
July 1, 2024 The Most Reverend Michael R. Cote, D. D., Bishop of Norwich, has made the following clergy and diocesan appointments in the Diocese of Norwich   Reverend Henry Agudelo, from Parochial Vicar, Saint Brendan the Navigator Parish-Saint Joseph Church and Saint Mary Star of the Sea Church, New London, Saint Paul Church, Waterford, and Our Lady of Grace Church, Fishers Island, to Parochial Vicar, Saint Mary Parish, Clinton.                       ...

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