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Archbishop Mansell honors priests at a special Mass on Priests' Day

Priests' Day
Archbishop Henry J. Mansell of Hartford (center), along with six other bishops from across Connecticut, pose in front of the St. Thomas Seminary in Bloomfield with priests who are celebrating significant anniversaries on Priests’ Day. (Photo provided by The Catholic Transcript).

Hartford, Conn. – (June 7, 2011) Archbishop Henry J. Mansell, along with six other bishops from Norwich, Bridgeport, Stamford, and Hartford, concelebrated a Mass honoring priests from across the state, who are observing jubilee anniversaries, including 25, 50, 55, 60, and 65 years of priestly service. The Mass took place at the Archdiocesan Center at St. Thomas Seminary in Bloomfield on Monday, June 6.
 
The Most Reverend Peter A. Rosazza, Auxiliary Bishop Emeritus of Hartford, who is celebrating his 50th anniversary as a priest, gave the homily in which he thanked his brother priests for their faithful service. He also reflected on the achievements of two Connecticut priests he admired for making a difference in their communities and leaving behind extraordinary legacies. He remembered Fr. Michael J. McGivney, founder of the Knights of Columbus in 1882 in New Haven; and Msgr. Lucian L. Bojnowski, who created the Congregation of the Daughters of Mary in New Britain in 1904, as “iconic figures who epitomized Christ like service.”

After the Mass, the jubilarians attended a lunch in honor of “Priests Day.” Archbishop Mansell expressed deep gratitude for all of the priests present, particularly those observing special anniversaries.

“The number of their years in service is a strong tribute to their perseverance,” he said, “but every day in the life of a priest is a tremendous gift to the priest and to the Church, an extraordinary gift from God.”

The following is the list of the 75 jubilarians from across the state of Connecticut celebrating significant anniversaries in 2011.

GOLDEN JUBILARIANS: - CLASS of 1961

The Reverend Raymond Borkowski, O.F.M. Conv.
The Reverend George P. Burnett, Hartford
The Reverend Edward A. Colohan, Bridgeport
The Reverend Peter S. Dargan, Hartford
The Reverend William D. Donovan, Bridgeport
The Reverend Monsignor Thomas J. Driscoll, Bridgeport
The Reverend Joseph G. Finnerty, Norwich
The Reverend Joseph T. Kaminsky, Hartford
The Reverend Leonard J. Kvedas, Hartford
The Reverend David W. Lonergan, Hartford
The Most Reverend Peter A. Rosazza, Hartford
The Reverend Richard R. Russell, Hartford
The Reverend Robert T. Russo, Hartford
The Reverend Monsignor Richard J. Shea, Bridgeport
The Reverend Monsignor Robert S. Sokolowski, Hartford
The Reverend Robert J. Usenza, Bridgeport
The Reverend Robert W. Vujs, M.M.

SILVER JUBILARIANS: - Class of 1986

The Reverend Nello A. Barachini, Bridgeport
The Reverend David J. Borino, Hartford
The Reverend Peter J. Cameron, O.P.
The Reverend Francis T. Carter, Hartford
The Reverend Kevin P. Cavanaugh, Hartford
The Reverend Aidan N. Donahue, Hartford
The Reverend Kevin J. Forsyth, Hartford
The Reverend John P. Gwozdz, Hartford
The Reverend Lee W. Hellwig, Hartford
The Reverend Charles E. Jacobs, Hartford
The Reverend Joseph Kaipayil, Norwich
The Reverend Thomas J. Kelly, Hartford
The Reverend Roman Kmiec, C.M.
The Reverend Will-Roger Malave, Hartford
The Reverend George Mattathilanikal, Norwich
The Reverend Ronald P. May, Hartford
The Reverend Richard P. Okiria, Hartford
The Reverend Corey V. Piccinino, Bridgeport
The Reverend Adam C. Subocz, Hartford
The Reverend Mark S. Suslenko, Hartford
The Reverend Tomasz Sztuber, Norwich

OTHER SIGNIFICANT ANNIVERSARIES

65 YEARS:

The Reverend Joseph A. Dilion, Hartford

60 YEARS:

The Reverend John C. Blackall, Hartford
The Reverend Monsignor Constantino R. Caldas, Bridgeport
The Reverend Ronan Callahan. C.P.
The Reverend Monsignor Charles W. Daly, Hartford
The Reverend Martin J. Dennehy, Bridgeport
The Reverend Martin B. Hitchcock, Bridgeport
The Reverend Daniel E. Johnson, Hartford
The Reverend Peter G. Mitchell, Hartford
The Reverend Monsignor Robert S. Sokolowski, Hartford
The Reverend Robert J. Usenza, Bridgeport
The Reverend Robert W. Vujs, M.M.
The Reverend Monsignor Charles W. Daly, Hartford
The Reverend Martin J. Dennehy, Bridgeport
The Reverend Martin B. Hitchcock, Bridgeport
The Reverend Daniel E. Johnson, Hartford
The Reverend Peter G. Mitchell, Hartford
The Reverend Theodule J. Richard, M.S.
The Reverend Monsignor Edward J. Scull, Bridgeport
The Reverend Charles E. Shaw, Hartford
The Reverend Philip A. Sheridan, Hartford

55 YEARS:

The Reverend Monsignor George D. Birge, Bridgeport
The Reverend Monsignor Louis A. DeProfio, Bridgeport
The Reverend James G. Fanelli, Hartford
The Reverend Monsignor William A. Genuario, Bridgeport
The Reverend Monsignor John E. Gilmartin, Bridgeport
The Reverend Harold D. Heinrich, Hartford
The Reverend Paul F. Kenefick, Hartford
The Reverend George G. Laliberte, Hartford
The Reverend George F. Lauretti, Hartford
The Reverend John Marciniak, Norwich
The Reverend Robert E. McNulty, Norwich
The Reverend Douglas A. Morrison, Hartford
The Reverend Joseph H. Pettit, Hartford
The Reverend Theodore T. Raczynski, Hartford
The Reverend Monsignor Stanislaus B. Rousseau, Bridgeport
The Reverend Robert J. St. Martin, Hartford

 

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