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 www.hartfordpriest.com.