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DIOCESE OF ALBANY • SPRING 2021 VOCATIONS NEWSLETTER 
  
Grow a Garden at Home

Parents play a crucial role at home (the "Domestic Church," as Saint John Paul II called it), in faith formation, and helping children understand and discern their vocation is a part of that.

 

Happiness is doing the will of God! And because you desire your children’s happiness, it’s vital to help them discover and accept their vocations. Here’s a simple “growing guide” to help your family bear fruit:

 

Prepare the soil: Call a special family meeting about your priorities. Pray, “Lord Jesus, we consecrate our family and our futures to you.”

 

Plant the seed: Say, “I would be proud of you if God called you to be a priest/sister/brother and you said yes.”

 

Water the garden: Infuse faith into your environment. Pray as a family; get involved in youth group; invite priests and sisters to dinner.





Fr. Anthony Ligato

Vicar for Vocations

 

“Vocations to the ministerial priesthood and to the consecrated life are first and foremost the fruit of constant contact with the living God and insistent prayer lifted up to the ‘Lord of the harvest’, whether in parish communities, in Christian families or in groups specifically devoted to prayer for vocations.”

- Pope Benedict XVI, Message for the 48th World Day of Pray for Vocations, May 15, 2011

Ordinations to the Priesthood
Saturday, June 19, 11 a.m.
Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception
Deacon Matthew Duclos

"Ordination to the priesthood is simultaneously an end and a beginning. It concludes the preparatory years spent in the seminary, university, and parish placements and it begins the unique role of priestly ministry: becoming the hands of Jesus Christ at the altar with the responsibility to share God’s love, presence, and mercy. I am grateful for your continued prayers."
Deacon Kyle Gorenski

"I’m honored and excited so serve the church and the people of God. I thank all the people in the Albany diocese for all their love, prayers and support. God Bless you all."
Deacon Daniel McHale

"This pandemic has given us a great witness for serving the common good in the thousands of doctors, nurses, and front-line workers who have selflessly dedicated themselves to healing the sick. As a deacon, I will dedicate myself to serving the people and healing the spiritual health of those who are ill. As Pope Francis said of our Church, 'We are a hospital for sinners.'"
Deacon Nathaniel Resila

"As I joyfully await my Ordination to the Sacred Priesthood of Jesus Christ, I am left with an overwhelming sense of both awe and gratitude: awe at the prospect of being able to call Heaven down to earth through the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass and the Sacraments, and gratitude to God for asking and enabling me to do so."
Deacon Stephen Yusko

"As I approach ordination to the Sacred Priesthood I find myself slowly turning the final few pages of a trying, and yet beautiful chapter of my life. A chapter, in which God has allowed my heart to break, so that He could mold it anew in order to make it like unto His own. Therefore, as I ponder upon the question of what ordination means to me I can only respond by saying everything. For when my head and heart meet the sanctuary floor that is what I will be offering, and yet, in this beautiful exchange, it is also what I will be receiving. Everything."
Ordination to the Transitional Diaconate
Saturday, June 19, 11 a.m.
Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception
Russell Bergman

"Unlike other steps along the road to prepare for the priesthood, becoming a deacon has a unique characteristic: ordination. Ordination, a permanent and public promise to God in front of family, friends, and parishioners, is a solidification of my initial ‘yes’ several years ago to answering the call to become a priest."
Ordinations to the Permanent Diaconate
James Agnew

"I am excited, and humbled to be ordained a deacon!  For me, ordination is simply my response to God’s call to draw closer to Christ, through service to His Church.  My only ambition is that my ministry will inflame others with a passion for Christ and love for His Church."
Craig Dempsey

"I am overjoyed to serve Jesus publicly as an ordained minister.  The gifts my parish family saw so many years ago have been brought to fruition through the tireless efforts of my formators.  I am thankful for my wife’s support as I share my passion for Christ’s mission in serving Bishop Ed and the people of God in the Albany Diocese.”
Thomas Poznanski

"When I survey the landscape of my life, I see God’s love, graces and blessings.  The greatest expression of His love is found in the Cross of Christ where we all have forgiveness of sin and the promise of eternal life.  His graces and love are what sustain me, and apart from Him, I have nothing. I am a sinner, but I prayerfully ask God for His graces and blessings so that I may prayerfully carry out the ministry of the Diaconate."
Gregg Wilbur

"It is humbling to contemplate the many ways in which a deacon is called to serve the Church.  But our Lord accomplishes through us that which we could never do on our own.  My prayer is to ever be a willing instrument through which His love and grace area manifested to His people.”

Upcoming Events

Events are planned to go on as scheduled but subject to change. Visit our website for the most current information.
May
21

7 PM

Diaconate Ordination Vespers Service

St. Thomas the Apostle, Delmar

 

Invation Only. This event may be viewed online by clicking this link.

May
22

11 AM

Diaconate Ordination

Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Albany

 

Invation Only. This event may be viewed online by clicking this link.

June
18

7 PM

Priesthood Ordination Vespers Service

St. Michael the Archangel, Troy

 

Invation Only. This event may be viewed online by clicking this link.

June
19

11 AM

Priesthood Ordination

Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Albany

 

Invation Only. This event may be viewed online by clicking this link.

June
22-24

Seminarian, Aspirants, and Discerners Retreat

Pyramid Life Center, Pyramid Lake

July
13

6 PM

Seminarian Drop-In

St. Matthews Church, Voorheesville

July
27

6 PM

Seminarian Drop-In

St. Clements, Saratoga Springs

Aug
3

6 PM

Seventh Annual Concert for Vocations

Virtual Concert

 

Will be available to stream

Aug
8

4 PM

Candidacy and Rite of Sending of Seminarians

Church of the Holy Spirit, East Greenbush

Sept
19

4 PM

Diaconate Rite of Candidacy

St. Michaels Church, Cohoes

Oct
3

4 PM

Diaconate Rite of Lector

St. Michaels Church, Cohoes


If you feel called to be a priest, be not afraid! Pray daily, seek the sacraments, and talk to a priest. If I can help you in any way to discern your vocation, please contact me at (518) 453-6690 or anthony.ligato@rcda.org.

Very Rev. Anthony F. Ligato, Vicar of Vocations
Diocese of Albany - Office of Vocations
albanyvocations.org
518-453-6690
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