On Saturday August 6, 2016 seminarian Stephen Bruzzese was ordained to the sacred order of Deacons by Most Reverend Gerard Bergie, Bishop of the Diocese of St. Catharines, at St. Thomas More Church in Niagara Falls. Ordination to the diaconate is the last step before ordination to the priesthood. Deacon Stephen is a transitional deacon. There are permanent deacons who […]» Read more
Congratulations to Deacon Frank Berardi who was ordained to the Permanent Diaconate by Bishop Gerard Bergie on Saturday, June 11, 2016 at the Cathedral of St. Catherine of Alexandria. Deacon Frank will serve at the Cathedral where he, his wife Teresa and his mother Olga have been parishioners for many years.» Read more
In reflecting on my five years of ordained life, I think back to June 11, 2011, where in the same beautiful church of St. Alfred, St. Catharines, I too was ordained a priest. Looking at the excitement on the faces of these four men, who were about to embark on such a fulfilling and enriching vocation of service to God and his people, was truly special.
I couldn’t help but smile and think of how proud we are of each of them and to think of how God will use them to do great things for our diocese.
The new priests will begin their first pastoral assignment effective June 30, 2016. Fr. Ron Angervil is assigned to St. Joseph, Grimsby; Fr. Stephen Innamorati is assigned to St. Julia, St. Catharines; Fr. Trevor Plug is assigned to St. Alfred, St. Catharines; Fr. Gregory Schmidt is assigned to St. Thomas More, Niagara Falls.» Read more
Recently, I attended the High School Graduate’s gathering held in Niagara Falls by the Niagara Catholic District School Board. The annual event brings together all the Grade Twelve students of the eight English-speaking high schools in the area and features addresses by senior administration, the Bishop and a guest speaker. The guest speaker is then featured at a special dinner […]» Read more
Today (May 21), Bishop Bergie ordained four young men to the priesthood at St. Alfred’s Parish. They will serve God and the people of our diocese well. They will also inject some youthful vitality into our aging local presbyterate. I have known Ronald, Trevor, Steven and Gregory since I became Director of Vocations of the Diocese over four years ago. […]» Read more
Recently, I was chatting with some friends when one posed the question “If you could have dinner to celebrate an important occasion at any restaurant (with money not being part of the decision) where would you have the meal?” One friend selected an expensive restaurant in St. Catharines while another chose an Italian restaurant with a great reputation in Niagara […]» Read more
Last Sunday (May 8) was Mother’s Day. You could tell it was Mother’s Day because a larger than normal number of guys showed up at Mass (husbands and sons) and most were nicely dressed. Mother’s Day is a day when Hallmark, florist shops and restaurants make a lot of money. I am certain that mothers appreciate the cards, flowers, dinners and […]» Read more
Today, as I was flipping through my Liturgy of the Hours the book opened at the “Letter to Diognetus” which was the second text in the Office of Readings from a while ago. The text is one of my favorites because it makes an important point about how Christians are to be identified in the world. Devout members of certain […]» Read more
Yesterday (May 5) I attended a “Vocations Fair” at the high school in Welland. The event was designed to educate students about vocations to the diocesan priesthood and religious life and perhaps spark interest in a few of them to consider the possibility God may be calling them to serve the Church in one of these ways. The day consisted […]» Read more