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HARTFORD – Three men will be one step closer to the priesthood when Archbishop Leonard P. Blair ordains them as transitional deacons at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 14, at the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception in Waterbury.

The candidates ar: Glen Dmytryszyn of Wethersfield, Eduar Gutierrez Tovar of Tarqui-Huila, Colombia, and Eric Manuel Zuniga of New Britain.

The three men have earned bachelor's degrees and completed prerequisite courses in philosophy and theology in their preparation for becoming priests of the Archdiocese of Hartford. They are in their final year of study and formation. to become priests for the Archdiocese of Hartford.

Mr. Dmytryszyn is studying at St. John’s Seminary in Brighton, Mass. Mr. Gutierrez and Mr. Zuniga attend Mount Saint Mary’s Seminary in Emmitsburg, Md.

As part of their formation, they have been and will be assigned to various parishes across the Archdiocese of Hartford to put into practice what they are learning in seminary. Once they complete their assignments and studies and with the recommendation of those responsible for their formation, vocation director Father Jeffrey A. Gubbiotti will petition the archbishop to ordain them to the priesthood in the spring of 2017.

“These candidates have been working very hard to discern God’s plan for their lives and be the best priests they can be to serve God’s people in the Archdiocese of Hartford. They are intelligent and prayerful men who will make fine deacons and, with the grace of God, will be ordained to the holy priesthood next year,” said Father Gubbiotti.

As transitional deacons, the three will have the title of "Reverend Mister" (or "Deacon") before earning the title of "Reverend" (or "Father") upon priestly ordination.

There are more than 20 men in a various stages of study for the priesthood in the Archdiocese of Hartford, and several others are beginning the application process to enter into the program next year.

On May 21, Archbishop Blair will ordain five men as priests at the Cathedral of St. Joseph in Hartford at 11 a.m. Three of the ordinands hail from Connecticut, one from New York and one from Colombia.

Both celebrations are open to the public.

For more information on discerning a vocation to the priesthood, visit

alertAt the Spring Assembly of the U.S. bishops, Cardinal Joseph Tobin suggested that a delegation ofbishops go to the border to see for themselves what was happening to newly arrived immigrants, families and children. On July 1 and 2, Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, president of the U.S. bishops conference, and five other bishops conducted a pastoral visit to the diocese of Brownsville, Texas. Stops included Mass at the Shrine of Our Lady of San Juan del Valle with the community, a visit to anHHS/OBR Shelter and Mass for the families there, a visit to the Customs and Border Patrol processing center in McAllen, TX, and a press conference at the end of their visit. Catholic News Service accompanied the bishops on their border trip. 

  1. Backgrounder and analysis of the bishops’ trip to the border: Cardinal DiNardo told CNS, “You cannot look at immigration as an abstraction when you meet” the people behind the issue.
  2. At final press conference, Cardinal Daniel Dinardo said the church was willing to be part of any conversation to find humane solutions because even a policy of detaining families together in facilities caused “concern.”
  3. Bishops serve soup to immigrant families at a center run by Catholic Charities and listen to their stories. Scranton Bishop Joseph Bambera said he found hope in hearing the people in the room talk about what’s ahead. They didn’t speak of making money but of finding safety for their children, he said, driven by “the most basic instinct to protect your family.”
  4. At an opening Mass he Basilica of Our Lady of San Juan del Valle-National Shrine near McAllen, Texas, Bishop Daniel Flores of Brownsville told Massgoers, “The bishops are visiting here so they can stop and look and talk to people and understand, especially the suffering of many who are amongst us,”

A delegation of U.S. bishops goes on a fact-finding mission at the U.S.-Mexican border to learn more about Central American immigration detention.

Following their visit to an immigrant detention center, U.S. bishops said they are even more determined to call on Congress for comprehensive immigration reform.