I am a Father: I am a Priest
Meet our newest ROC priests ordained on June 4!
One of four men ordained for the Diocese on May 30, Deacon Anthony Amato (right) pledges his obedience to Most Reverend Salvatore Matano.
Bishop Barron on the Calling of Disciples
“What makes me happy to be a priest?” Fr. Mickey McGrath and Fr. Tim Horan, members of the Vocations Awareness Team, explain.
Fr. Tim Horan
Entered Seminary – 1974
Ordained – 1979
Fr. Horan is the Vocation Director for the Diocese of Rochester. In addition, he serves as the pastor of Holy Trinity Church in Webster, NY.
How did you discover your vocation?
There was a time in my life, just after college (a year and a half), when I had a pretty intense awareness that “this was it.” You only get one shot at life so let’s make it something…beautiful. But what?! So I started to look around… I finally asked God to come into my life; to really show Himself in ways I could understand. God answered my prayer and came into my life in wonderful, subtle, funny, joyful ways. It made me so happy that I wanted to find a way to live my life sharing God’s love with others. Hmmm… maybe priesthood? God said “come”.
What is my greatest happiness as a priest?
That was 41 years ago (5 years in seminary. 36 years a priest). I would do it again in a heart-beat. My greatest happiness as a priest? Well first, of course, is the privilege of offering mass and preaching. This has always been a joy and nourishment for my soul. But along with this has been the privilege of knowing that God used all of me in bringing some hope to the world.
Who do YOU know who would make a good priest? Encourage him to consider priesthood and contact Fr. Tim today!
Extraordinary Year of Mercy: Merciful Like the Father“Be merciful, even as your Father is merciful” (cf. Lk 6:36). On March 13, 2015, Pope Francis declared that an Extraordinary Year of Mercy would be celebrated throughout the world. It will begin on December 8, 2015, Feast of the Immaculate Conception, and conclude on November 26, 2016, Feast of Christ the King.
All of us need God’s mercy! Join Catholics throughout the world and encounter the love and mercy of God through the Sacrament of Reconciliation.
Check out these websites for more information about the Extraordinary Year of Mercy:
The Extraordinary Year of Mercy is to be the “living experience of the closeness of the Father, whose tenderness is almost tangible, so that the faith of every believer may be strengthened and thus testimony to it be ever more effective.” – Pope Francis
“Without the priesthood there is no Eucharist and without the Eucharist the Catholic Church loses its foundation, its purpose, identity and mission.” -Bishop Salvatore Matano (Installation Mass Homily)“Without the priesthood there is no Eucharist and without the Eucharist the Catholic Church loses its foundation, its purpose, identity and mission.”
-Bishop Salvatore Matano (Installation Mass Homily)
“If you give yourself over to God, He will fill your life with innumerable joys.” – Seminarian Michael Merritt“If you give yourself over to God, He will fill your life with innumerable joys.” – Seminarian Michael Merritt