Three men ordained on June 13; one on June 27
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ROCKVILLE CENTRE, N.Y. – 10 June 2009 – On Saturday, June 13 at 11:00 a.m., the Most Reverend William Murphy, bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Rockville Centre will ordain three new men who have been in formation at Immaculate Conception Seminary, Huntington. The fourth, who was sent by the diocese to study at the Pontifical North American College in Rome, will be ordained by Bishop Murphy at St. Agnes on June 27, 2009 at 10:00 a.m. Both Masses at St. Agnes Cathedral will be broadcast live on Telecare, the diocesan television station (Cablevision Channel 29/Verizon 296).
“Of all the many ‘events’ of this season, none gives me more joy than the privilege that is mine this Saturday when I ordain three men to the priesthood of Jesus Christ,” Bishop Murphy said. “This Saturday though, will be the fulfillment of their hopes and the achievement of their formation. Our Church will be blessed with three new priests who will be sent to the people of God by me to bring you to Christ and Christ to you.”
Ranging from 26 to 47 years-of-age, the candidates for priesthood come from diverse backgrounds. Deacon Janusz Mocarski was born and raised in Poland. The other three men attended Catholic elementary school in the Diocese of Rockville Centre and all attended St. Anthony’s High School, currently in South Huntington.
Rev. Msgr. James McDonald, rector of the Immaculate Conception Seminary, said the three men who make up the class of 2009, “all have a genuine holiness, sincerity and kindness and the ability to help others. They all have been tremendous role models for the men in the other classes,” he added.
Men to be ordained are:
Deacon Michael Bartholomew, 28
Home parish: Church of St. Bernard, Levittown
Pastoral year: Church of Our Holy Redeemer, Freeport
Diaconate: St. John of God, Central Islip
Born and raised in Levittown, Deacon Bartholomew attended St. Bernard’s Elementary School and St. Anthony’s High School, South Huntington. His mother Fran, a foreign-language teacher, loved to travel and by the time he was 24, he had been to more than 20 countries. He studied International Business at the University of Scranton with a minor in Spanish and concentration in Latin American studies. At St. Anthony’s, he was inspired by the Franciscan brothers to consider a religious vocation. He trained with a member of the U.S. Olympic race walking-team and was ranked 12th in the United States.
Deacon Janusz Mocarski, 32
Home parish: St. John Apostle and the Evangelist, Poland
Pastoral year: Church of St. William the Abbot, Seaford
Diaconate: Queen of the Most Holy Rosary, Roosevelt
Born in Bialystok, Poland and grew up in Knyszyn, a small town in northeastern Poland, Deacon Mocarski is the fourth of five children. He became an altar server at age seven and during high school he was active in the youth program, helping to organize prayer groups and foot pilgrimages to local Marian shrines. “I grew up with a devotion to the Blessed Mother,” he said. “Each evening we would kneel down together as a family. Part of that prayer would be a decade of the rosary.” Pope John Paul II was a huge source of inspiration to Deacon Mocarski. “His attitude and shepherding style and his writings, which I discovered during university, inspired me very, very much to pursue the religious vocation of priesthood.” Twoof Deacon Macarski’s siblings reside in Chicago. Deacon Mocarski is tri-lingual and enjoys hiking, soccer and bike riding.
Deacon Harold Noviello, 47
Home parish: Church of St. Patrick, Smithtown
Pastoral year: Church of St. Patrick, Smithtown
Diaconate: St. Thomas the Apostle, West Hempstead
Born in Queens and raised in St. Patrick’s parish in Smithtown, Deacon Noviello attended the parish elementary school and St. Anthony’s High School, then in Smithtown. He later received his bachelor’s degree in accounting and a master’s in taxation from C.W. Post and was a Certified Public Accountant. In spite of living with a genetic disorder, polycystic kidney disease, Deacon Noviello heard the call to priesthood. In March 2000, he was forced to face what he had so long feared – dialysis. “My body had a hard time dealing with it (dialysis) at first. But after that first two or three-month period, which was difficult, I actually found great peace on dialysis. And that gave me the confidence to answer the calling.” He believes God worked through Mary to call him to the priesthood. “Our Lady of Fatima is very important to my calling,” he said. “A lot of Mary’s messages call for a conversion of heart. I want in some way to all people back to confession.”
Deacon Gregory Rannazzisi, 26
Home parish: Church of Ss. Philip and James, St. James
“This is the only thing I ever wanted to do,” Deacon Rannazzisi said. Deacon Rannazzisi grew up in Ss. Philip and James parish, St. James, and attended the parish school there. His call was nurtured by his family, teachers and the parish community. Working in the rectory “enabled me to see priests ‘behind the scenes’ as normal men called to do extraordinary things. Their examples have shaped my vocation tremendously,” he said. The Franciscan brothers of St. Anthony’s High School, South Huntington were a great source of support and inspiration. During his senior year at Fordham, where he was studying theology and philosophy, Bishop Murphy informed Deacon Rannazzisi that we would like him to pursue his seminary studies at the Pontifical North American College. “Studying in Rome has been an incredible experience,” Deacon Rannazzisi said. Last October he began his studies for a Licentiate in Dogmatic Theology. He will return to Rome in the fall for one more year of studies to complete his degree.
About The Diocese of Rockville Centre
The Diocese of Rockville Centre (www.drvc.org) was formed in 1957 and covers 1,198 square miles in Nassau and Suffolk Counties. The diocese serves approximately 1.5 million Catholics (total population in both counties is approximately 3.4 million). There are 133 parishes in 115 towns. Last year over 17,000 baptisms, 19,000 confirmations, 17,000 first communions and 3,000 marriages took place in the diocese. There are approximately 20,000 students in Catholic elementary schools; 13,000 in secondary schools and 3,500 in higher institutions. There are 69 Catholic elementary and high schools and one Catholic college in the diocese. Catholic Health Services of Long Island consists of five hospitals, three nursing homes, a community-based home for those with special needs and a hospice. Last year, Catholic Charities assisted more than 88,000 individuals who are poor, vulnerable and disadvantaged on Long Island. (12/08).
Sean P. Dolan
Diocese of Rockville Centre
516-678-5800, ext. 625