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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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Diakonia - Prison Ministry

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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 rotation. I believed that deacons needed to go where no one else would go and where the need was great. One of the lay ministers I had met was a deputy warden at JB Gates. So I asked him about doing something at his institution. After teaching a class called, “How to M...

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The Peace of Saint Francis

Posted on September 28, 2022 in: Vocations

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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 the Friars Minor, this thirteenth century man from Assisi and son of a merchant abandoned a life of luxury for a life devoted to Christ after reportedly hearing the voice of God, who commanded him to rebuild the Christian church and live in poverty. What does Saint Francis&rsqu...

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Vocations - Reflections on Summer Assignments

Posted on September 13, 2022 in: Vocations

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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. It serves to assist them in developing pastoral competency, it teaches them about pastoral leadership, and it provides opportunities for collaboration with others. Most of all, it helps them become true shepherds after the heart and example of Jesus Christ. Just before returni...

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Candidates Installed as Acolyte

Posted on October 05, 2022 in: Vocations

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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 service of the altar and to assist the deacon and the priest in liturgical celebrations, especially in the celebration of Mass. The ministry of Acolyte is one of the last steps in the five-year process of diaconate formation, and if all goes well, God willing, these men will be ...

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