News & Events
Vocation Plan: Creating a Culture of Vocations
Ordinations to the Priesthood 2017
Congratulations to Fr. Glen Dmytryszyn, Fr. Eduar Gutierrez-Tovar, and Fr. Eric Zuniga on their ordination to the Sacred Priesthood of Jesus Christ by Archbishop Leonard Blair at the Cathedral of St. Joseph in Hartford on May 20, 2017. Fr. Dmytryszyn will be assigned to St. John Bosco parish in Brnaford. Fr. Gutierrez-Tovar will be assigned to Our Lady, Queen of Angels in Meriden. Fr. Zuniga will be assigned to Pope St. John XXIII in West Haven. Please pray for our new priests and for more vocations to the priesthood in our Archdiocese of Hartford and throughout the world!
Prayer for Vocations
World Day of Prayer for Vocations is not the only time to pray for vocations! Join your brothers and sisters around the world to continually pray for vocations. Here in our own Archdiocese of Hartford, we know that the need is great for more priestly vocations and requires our immediate attention. We invite you to pray and reflect on your role in fostering priestly vocations in your family and in your parish. Click here for more information.
Please consider joining our St. John Vianney Vocation Prayer Society. Click here for more information.
Family Chalice for Vocations
Deacon Ordination 2017
Seminarians Rev. Mr. David Madejski and Rev. Mr. Joshua Wilbur were ordained to the transitional diaconate by Bishop Macaluso at the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception on May 13, 2017 (100th Anniversary of the first Apparitions of Our Lady of Fatima). Please pray for our new deacons and all of our seminarians.
Many of the families who home school their children also actively support Vocations in our Archdiocese by participating in the Family Chalice for Vocations program. These families commit themselves to offer intercessory prayers and sacrifices daily, as a family, for one week. The chalice serves as a focal point as the family gathers to pray. At the end of the week, the chalice is passed to another family, forming an unending chain of prayer and sacrifices to support vocations.
This program was introduced in October 2016 during the Home School Family Vocation Retreat at St. Thomas Seminary in Bloomfield. Many families have enthusiastically embraced it and continue to participate in it. After the course of a year, chalice will be sent to a missionary priest, filled with prayers, so he can then consecrate it and use it in the celebration of the Eucharist.
The Archdiocese is indebted to these families. May the Master of the Harvest hear these prayers, bless these families, and raise up more worthy priests to serve in our Archdiocese.
Holy Hours for Vocations
The Vocation Office is sponsoring monthly Eucharistic Holy Hours in obedience to our Lord's command: "Pray to the Master of the Harvest to send laborers..." Prayer is the foundation of all vocation promotion, for our Lord is the one who calls. Please consider joining us for some time of prayer before our Eucharistic Lord. Each Holy Hour will include Exposition, Scripture and Meditation, Music, Special Prayers for Vocations, and the Rite of Benediction. Following the Holy Hour, there will be a light reception in the parish hall to visit with one another and Fr. Jeff Gubbiotti, the Vocation Director of the Archdiocese. Anyone interested in pursuing more information about how to discern their vocation is encouraged to meet Fr. Jeff at this time.
The next Holy Hour is scheduled for Tuesday, July 11th at 7:00 p.m. at
St. Robert Bellarmine Church in Mary, Gate of Heaven Parish,
in Windsor Locks. Please note this change in location.
Our other scheduled dates for Holy Hour are:
Monday, July 31st at 7:00 p.m. at St. Thomas of Villanova Church in St. Louis de Monfort Parish, in Goshen.
Monday, August 7th at 7:00 p.m. at Holy Cross Church in New Britain, bilingual in English and Polish.
Click here to see the flyer for all Holy Hours this summer.
Pilgrimage of Prayer in Spain and Marian Shrines
Join us for an 11 day pilgrimage celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the Apparitions in Fátima. We will be visiting Fátima, Salamanca, Ávila, Madrid, Lourdes, Montserrat, and Barcelona. Hosted by the St. John Vianney Vocation Prayer Society and presented by NAWAS International Travel.
Click here to see the flyer.
A Postcard from Anthony Federico...
Theological College's Outdoor Recreation Club hosts an annual winter hike in which 10-15 seminarians and student-priests enjoy a long weekend of fraternity and camaraderie while hiking and camping. I have never been camping before and I was not very excited about the prospect of sleeping outside in below-freezing temperatures but I decided to attend the winter hike to challenge myself and to expand my comfort zone.
I am so glad I participated in the three-day trip to the Appalachian Trail at the Delaware Water Gap. Despite a grueling pace (25 miles over three days), a heavy pack and a few frigid nights, I came to deeply appreciate the beauty and challenge of roughing it. I learned a great deal about myself and what I am capable of. When the miles exhausted all my strength and each step forward became a decision of the will, I found myself meditating on our Lord as he carried the Cross. Partaking in Mass on the trail was also an experience I will never forget. I also have a newfound gratitude for warm beds, electricity and hot showers which I missed greatly. God is good!
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!