Catholic Transcript Magazine of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Hartford Connecticut

Friday, February 23, 2018

Priests_Day-031-bAs the Year for Priests entered its final week, 103 Connecticut priests, including 16 jubilarians, gathered at the Archdiocesan Center at St. Thomas Seminary in Bloomfield for a Mass celebrating the annual Connecticut Priests Day on June 7. Concelebrants were, from left in front row, Auxiliary Bishop Christie A. Macaluso, Archbishop-Emeritus Daniel A. Cronin, principal celebrant Archbishop Henry J. Mansell, Norwich Bishop Michael R. Cote and Auxiliary Bishop Peter A. Rosazza. Bishop Rosazza was homilist and said that the jubilarians represented 2,270 years of priestly service. He commended all the priests for understanding what it means to be poor in spirit and to be "in sympathy with your people." He passed along advice he once received as a young priest: "Be yourself. Let Jesus be your model. And let Jesus work through you." Archbishop Mansell thanked Bishop Rosazza for 49 years of priestly service and thanked all the priests for understanding "what it means to be a priest." (Photo by Jack Sheedy)