Milestones/Vocations

May 1, 2017
Cultivating priestly vocations
Cultivating priestly vocations

When Aaron Kelly was in his early teens, a visiting priest gave a homily on vocations at St. Mary Our Mother Church in Horseheads. He asked for a show of hands from young men who had thought about the priesthood, and Kelly — not expecting the question — found his hand going up.

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May 1, 2017
Diocese has 13 men training as priests

Thirteen men are currently preparing for priestly service in the Diocese of Rochester.

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May 1, 2017
Three men to be ordained priests
Three men to be ordained priests

Three young men, separated in age by only 18 months, soon will become the newest members of the diocesan presbyterate.

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May 1, 2017
Fr. DeSocio to stay in hometown
Fr. DeSocio to stay in hometown

There aren’t many bases that Father John DeSocio hasn’t covered in nearly four decades of priestly service. He has ministered in parishes, on a college campus, in the diocesan vocations office, at a European seminary and as a military chaplain.

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May 1, 2017
Priest eyes return to teaching
Priest eyes return to teaching

As the approach of senior-priest status brings an end to his role as parish leader, Father Robert Kennedy said he will miss the people most.

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May 1, 2017
Priest enjoyed parish ministry
Priest enjoyed parish ministry

Parish ministry has been the focus of Father Stephen Kraus’ life for more than four decades, and he wouldn’t have it any other way.

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May 1, 2017
Pastor to serve in new ways
Pastor to serve in new ways

When many people think of Holy Cross Church in Rochester, they can’t help but think of Father Thomas Wheeland, as the two have gone hand-in-hand for more than three decades.

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May 1, 2017
Uniqueness marks paths
Uniqueness marks paths

Becoming a seminarian as a young teen. Leaving behind a budding career as an attorney. Ministering on a pair of continents half a world apart. Overseeing a diocese for 33 years.

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May 1, 2017
Priests note 55th, 50th jubilees

The following priests are celebrating their anniversaries of ordination this year. 

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May 1, 2017
More priests note their jubilees

Other priests celebrating ordination jubilees in 2017 are the following:

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