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Shoutouts to Some of Our Seminarians
First, a shoutout to seminarian Mark Johnson, our first year theologian, who received the ministry of lector with his classmates on Friday, April 22, in the seminary’s Immaculate Conception Chapel. The ministry of lector is conferred upon those who prepare and proclaim readings from scripture ...

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God Calls Us To Share His Love Through Service
As we celebrtate our Lord Jesus Christ's resurrection, we often think of all those who have sacrificed as Jesus did, whether it be the forgoing of personal time through volunteerism, making monetary donations to organizations even through these difficult times or for those who made a life-long c...

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With God, All Things are Possible - Vocations Corner
Can you believe that it has been over three months since Father Larry Barile’s priestly ordination?  I asked Father Barile to reflect on his experience of priesthood thus far.  Here is what he had to say… On December 8, 2021, the Most Rev. Michael R. Cote, DD conferred the ...

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Deacons Shift from 'Build A House' to 'Give A Goat'
The word “deacon” is derived from “diakonia'', a Greek word which means “to serve”. Deacons are members of the clergy along with priests and bishops.  The deacon’s ministry has three dimensions: liturgy, word and service. Deacons are ordained as a sac...

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Vocations: From ‘Ashes to Life,’ Lent is a Time for Spiritual Renewal
Our Lenten journey began with Ash Wednesday on March 2. Catholics from throughout our diocese came to Ash Wednesday Masses and services and were marked with ashes. These ashes represented our mortality. They reminded us that we are dust and to dust we will return.  Yet, as Pope Fra...

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Anchors of Hope-Diocese Celebrates Consecrated Life
World Day for Consecrated Life February 6, 2022 10:30 a.m. "Anchors of Hope" was the theme for this year's celebration of consecrated life in the Diocese of Norwich. The virtue hope is described as the anchor of the soul in the letter to the Hebrews chapter 6 v...

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“Your Powerful and Authentic Voice” - Ike Ndolo Comes to UConn
On Dec. 2, National Catholic musician, speaker, campus minister, family man and podcaster Ike Ndolo came to the UConn Storrs campus to speak to university students and young adults in our diocese about "Your Powerful and Authentic Voice" in the Chapel of St. Thomas Aquinas.  It was the las...

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Consecrated Life Mass is February 6th
On Sunday, February 6th, the annual Mass of Thanksgiving for the Gift of Consecrated Life will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. in the Cathedral of Saint Patrick in Norwich. All are invited to join Bishop Michael R. Cote in thanking God for the gift of consecrated life and for the sisters, brothers, and ...

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Seminarians Complete Their Fall Studies, Look Ahead to Spring
How great is it that we have a new priest? Father Larry Barile, ordained to the priesthood by Bishop Cote on December 8 at the Cathedral of St. Patrick on the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception. It’s wonderful. Check out the video recording of the Ordination Mass on the Diocesan website...

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Clergy Appointments

Posted on December 24, 2021 in: News, Vocations

Clergy Appointments
  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 Lawrence J. Barile, newly ordained, to Parochial Vicar, Blessed Sacrament Parish-Rockville and Tolland. Effective: December...

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Shoutouts to Some of Our Seminarians

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Shoutouts to Some of Our Seminarians
First, a shoutout to seminarian Mark Johnson, our first year theologian, who received the ministry of lector with his classmates on Friday, April 22, in the seminary’s Immaculate Conception Chapel. The ministry of lector is conferred upon those who prepare and proclaim readings from scripture at Mass and other liturgical celebrations.  Second, a shoutout to seminarians Julian Cuervo, Alex Pandolfe, and Eric Hosmer, our second-year theologians, who received the ministry of acolyte with their classmates on Saturday, April 23, in the seminary’s Immaculate C...

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God Calls Us To Share His Love Through Service
As we celebrtate our Lord Jesus Christ's resurrection, we often think of all those who have sacrificed as Jesus did, whether it be the forgoing of personal time through volunteerism, making monetary donations to organizations even through these difficult times or for those who made a life-long commitment to Christ. The Meaning of Vocation. A vocation or calling can be defined as a strong urge toward a particular way of life or career. “Ask yourselves, young people, about the love of Christ. Acknowledge His voice resounding in the temple of your heart. Ret...

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With God, All Things are Possible - Vocations Corner
Can you believe that it has been over three months since Father Larry Barile’s priestly ordination?  I asked Father Barile to reflect on his experience of priesthood thus far.  Here is what he had to say… On December 8, 2021, the Most Rev. Michael R. Cote, DD conferred the Rite of Holy Priesthood upon me. It would be an understatement to say that it was one of the most profound moments in my life – the birth of my son being high among them.  Bishop Cote imparted these words that were both simple and yet profound, “Enjoy today, t...

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