Catholic Transcript Magazine of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Hartford Connecticut

Thursday, February 22, 2018

priest-day_7251-BSeven Catholic bishops of Connecticut gather on the steps of the Archdiocesan Center at St. Thomas Seminary in Bloomfield on June 6 with priests who are marking jubilees of 25, 50 and more

The bishops and priests concelebrated a Mass at the seminary in recognition of Connecticut Priests Day.

Bishops in the front row are, from left, Hartford Auxiliary Bishop Emeritus Peter A. Rosazza (homilist), Hartford Archbishop Emeritus Daniel A. Cronin, Bishop Michael R. Cote of Norwich, Hartford Archbishop Henry J. Mansell (principal celebrant), Bishop William E. Lori of Bridgeport, Hartford Auxiliary Bishop Christie A. Macaluso and  Bishop Emeritus Basil H. Losten of the Ukrainian Diocese of Stamford.

In his homily, Bishop Rosazza, a 50-year jubilarian, singled out two iconic Connecticut priests who he said epitomized Christlike service: Ven. Father Michael J. McGivney (d. 1890), who founded the Knights of Columbus in New Haven; and Msgr. Lucian L. Bojnowski (d. 1960), longtime Pastor of Sacred Heart Parish in New Britain and founder of the Congregation of the Daughters of Mary of the Immaculate Conception.

"They implemented the vision of Jesus as servant because they knew and loved their people," Bishop Rosazza said.

Archbishop Mansell then praised Bishop Rosazza for his 50 years of service, saying, "He can add himself to those icons, the icon of leadership and service. Bishop Rosazza certainly epitomizes what it means to be, in his 50 years and going forward, a great leader, a great icon." (Photo by Jack Sheedy)