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  • 8th Annual Bishop’s Dinner for Vocations is Friday, April 21!

    8th Annual Bishop’s Dinner for Vocations with Bishop Salvatore Matano:

    Who: Young adult Catholic men (ages 17-40)
    When: Friday, April 21, 2017
    What: Celebration of the Eucharist – 5:30 PM // Steak Dinner – 6:30 PM (meatless option available)
    Where: St. Patrick’s Parish Center, 115 Maple Ave., Victor, NY

    The Bishop’s Dinner is specially designed to provide an evening of food, fellowship and information about a way of life that nourishes thousands of people and connects a man in a profound way to Jesus Christ: the Catholic priesthood. To reserve a spot, please contact Carol Dady by phone (585-461-2890) or email (cdady@dor.org) by Wednesday, April 19.

    Please encourage priestly vocations by personally inviting a young man to this event!

    NOTE:  If you are visiting this site to learn more about a priestly vocation in the Diocese of Rochester, please consider the Bishop’s Dinner as the best way to get to know us and our program here. Any young man (17 to 40 years of age) is invited.

     

    Come for Mass with Bishop Matano, followed by a formal dinner and witness talks by two of our seminarians. Meet the diocesan vocation team and get your questions answered! 

    To reserve a place at table, please see the contact information above.

    Sponsored by the Diocesan Office of Vocation Awareness and Finger Lakes Chapter of the Knights of Columbus.

     

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  • “What makes me happy to be a priest?” Fr. Mickey McGrath and Fr. Tim Horan, ROC priests, explain.

    Horan_TimothyWhat makes me happy to be a priest?

    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!

  • “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)

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