The Office of Vocations for the Archdiocese of Hartford is committed to fostering quality, faithful, and lasting vocations to the diocesan priesthood. We also seek to support all the vocations in the Church--those called to consecrated life, marriage and family life, the permanent diaconate, and committed single life for the Kingdom.
From the Director
"The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few” (Mt 9:37). We need good priests to serve the Archdiocese of Hartford--might you be called? We would be delighted to accompany you on your discernment journey to discover God's plan for your life!
Q. Why does the Church need priests?
A. The Eucharist is the source and summit of the life of the Church. Without the Eucharist, there is no Church. We need priests to continue the work of the Apostles to teach, govern, and sanctify and by their word, deeds, and example invite all the world to experience the joy of the Gospel.
Meet Our New Directors
Welcome Father Michael Casey and Father Steven Boguslawski to the Office of Vocations!
Please continue to pray for our seminarians and for an increase to vocations to the priesthood in our Archdiocese.
Creating a Culture of Vocations in the Archdiocese of Hartford
In conjunction with the Archdiocese of Hartford's ongoing pastoral planning process, the Office of Vocations has developed a Vocation Plan with the overall goal of creating a Culture of Vocations in our Archdiocese. While the entire Archdiocese works toward creating a culture of discipleship and evangelization, the Vocation Office will do its part to inspire priests, engage youth, reach out to parishes, and host events that focus on vocations and vocation awareness. This will be a long-term, ongoing process requiring collaboration with Archdiocesan Offices as well as Parishes.
Please click here to see our exciting Vocation Plan!
Meet Our New Priests!
On Saturday, May 20th, Archbishop Blair ordained three men to the priesthood. Father Glen Dmytryszyn (pictured on the left) has been assigned to St. John Bosco Parish in Branford. Father Eduar Gutiérrez Tovar (pictured third from the left) has been assigned to Our Lady, Queen of Angels Parish in Meriden. Father Eric Zuniga (pictured fourth from the left) has been assigned to Pope St. John XXIII Parish in New Haven. We are very proud of our new priests. May the Lord continue to bless and guide them in their priesthood.
Photo courtesy of Aaron Joseph.
Meet our new Transitional Deacons!
On Saturday, May 13th, Bishop Christie A. Macaluso ordained David Madejski (shown on the left) and Joshua Wilbur (shown on the right) to the Transitional Diaconate at the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception in Waterbury. Both are entering their final year of formation before Ordination to the Priesthood. Congratulations, Deacon David and Deacon Joshua! Photo courtesy of Aaron Joseph.
Holy Hours for Vocations
There will be monthly special Holy Hours led by Fr. Michael Casey, Vocation Director, around the Archdiocese this Winter. Please join us to pray to the Master of the Harvest to send more laborers into the harvest.
Our Holy Hour scheduled for Wednesday, February 21st, 7:00 p.m., has been cancelled due to extenuating circumstances. Please check back here for further updates.
Click here to see the flyer for the Winter, 2018 Holy Hours.
New Crash Course in Discernment Available On-Line
Please click here to hear a new Podcast Series from Fr. Brett Brannen, author of "To Save a Thousand Souls."
For Anthony Federico "God wrote straight with crooked lines - or headlines".
Think that the process of becoming a priest follows a simple, straight line? Not always! Take a look at seminarian Anthony Federico's Vocation Story. Anthony was recently interviewed by The Washington Post , Catholic News Service, and EWTN Radio.
Click here to read the Post article.
Click here to read the CNS article.
Click here to listen to the EWTN Radio interview.
Seminarian Jaime Maldonado-Avilés Interviewed on EWTN
Jaime Maldonado-Avilés was recently interviewed on EWTN's Cara a Cara (Face to Face) program. He discussed the relationship between Science and Faith, and shared how his own vocation story reflects this. You can view the interview here:
Besides being a scientist, Jaime is bi-lingual, so the videos are in Spanish!
Seminarians Attend the National Convocation
of Catholic Leaders
Seminarians Jaime Maldonado-Avilés (pictured on the left) and Anthony Federico (pictured on the right) had the privilege of attending the National Convocation of Catholic Leaders in Orlando recently. Both returned to our Archdiocese inspired and energized to share how to be missionary disciples with us.
Click here to read Anthony's report.
Click here for a link to the Hartford Priest Store where merchandise is available through Land's End Business Outfitters featuring our logo or the Archdiocese of Hartford Coat of Arms.
Office of Vocations
Archdiocese of Hartford
467 Bloomfield Ave.
Bloomfield, CT 06002
Servant of God, Fr. Michael J. McGivney
(Founder of the Knights of Columbus & a Priest of the Archdiocese of Hartford)
Information on the Fr. McGivney Guild--May he pray for us to gain many good, holy priests to the serve the Archdiocese of Hartford for future generations!