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Catholic Courier Diocese of Rochester, NY May2017




Table of contents

Seers to be made saints

Saw Mary in Fatima, Portugal - 3

Talks with Lutherans set

Catholics seek better relations - 4

Married couples honored

Mass notes milestone anniversaries - 4

Cultivating vocations

All are urged to take part in efforts - 8-9

Three men to be priests

Ordination is set for June 3 - 10

4 to be senior priests

All are grateful for ministries - 11-12

Paths led to ordination

Priests share unique journeys - 13-14

Sisters note jubilees

Served in diverse ministries - 17-19

7 to become deacons

Ordination will be May 27 - 20-21

Faith journeys shared

Men recount calls to diaconate - 22

May 2017 My dear brothers and sisters in Christ, Sunday, May 7, is the 54th World Day of Prayer for Vocations. In his mes- sage for this observance, Pope Francis emphasized that: There can be no promo- tion of vocations or Chris- tian mission apart from constant contemplative prayer. The Christian life needs to be nourished by attentive listening to God's Word and, above all, by the cultivation of a personal relationship with the Lord in Eucharistic Adoration, the privileged "place'"for our encounter with God. Our Holy Father places before us the close union between prayer and the fostering of vocations, between knowing the Eu- charistic Christ and em- bracing a God-given vo- cation. The foundation for the Holy Father's plea for vocations is rooted in this encounter. Pope Francis went on to write: "I wish heartily to encourage this kind of profound friend- ship with the Lord, above all for the sake of implor- ing from on high new vo- cations to the priesthood and the consecrated life." In the fall we will be- gin our observance of the 150th anniversary of our diocese, which was estab- lished on March 3, 1868. Throughout these many years, priests and religious contributed to the build- ing up of God's kingdom in this area of New York state. Parishes were erect- ed, and religious served in many apostolates in education, health care, outreach to the outcast and impoverished; they

Pray God's call is heard

welcomed those "tired poor huddled masses yearning to breathe free," seeking to begin a new life in this country. Our first Bishop, Ber- nard J. McQuaid, "(w)ith foresight and, in view of the relative poverty of his diocese, with remarkable success created an ex- cellent elementary school system out of which in- stitutions of secondary and higher instruction could easily grow. To staff these schools he trained a large number of Sisters in pedagogy and Chris- tian educational philoso- phy" (McNamara, Father Robert F., The Diocese of Rochester in America 1868-1993, p. 250). In the years that were to follow Bishop McQuaid's episco- pacy, numerous orders of religious sisters, brothers and priests would contin- ue the bishop's legacy of providing Catholic edu- cation to our youth. When Pope St. Pius X sent a per- sonal letter of congratula- tions to Bishop McQuaid on the occasion of his 40th anniversary of episcopal ordination, His Holiness wrote: "The education of the young and especially of those intended for the priesthood is a thing so great that there is noth- ing of more importance to the Church and nothing

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Bishop SalvatoreR. Matano From the Bishop On the cover: In this file photo, semi- narian Anthony Amato carries incense during the 2015 priest ordination.

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