Courier video series profiles Diocese of Rochester priests - Catholic Courier
Four men in clerical garb laugh as they sit next to each other as they prepare to discuss diocesan priests vocational journeys.

Fathers William Coffas (from left), Peter Van Lieshout, Daniel L. White and Joseph Martuscello of the Diocese of Rochester’s Priesthood Vocations Awareness Team prepare for a video interview with the Catholic Courier April 18.

Courier video series profiles Diocese of Rochester priests

The Catholic Courier, in collaboration with the Priesthood Vocations Awareness Team of the Diocese of Rochester, has developed a series of videos profiling the vocational journeys and current ministries of several diocesan priests.

During the months of March and April, a new video was posted each week at The series culminated with an overview video timed to coincide with the 60th World Day of Prayer for Vocations on April 30.

Priests featured in the video series are:

  • Father Aaron Kelly, who was ordained to the priesthood July 2, 2022.
  • Father Carlos Sánchez, parochial vicar at Our Lady of Peace Parish, Geneva.
  • Father William Coffas, pastor of Holy Cross and Our Mother of Sorrows churches in northwest Monroe County.
  • Father Joseph Martuscello, parochial vicar of Holy Cross and Our Mother of Sorrows churches in northwest Monroe County.
  • Father Anthony Mugavero, pastor of Holy Apostles Church in Rochester.
  • Father William Leone, former military chaplain, now pastor of St. Jerome Church in East Rochester.
  • Father Michael Brown, chaplain at two New York state correctional facilities and parochial vicar at three parishes in Auburn.
  • Father James Schwartz, pastor of St. Joseph Church and Church of the Holy Spirit in Penfield.
  • Father Matthew Walter, parochial vicar of St. Benedict Parish in Ontario County.
  • Father Peter Van Lieshout, rector of Sacred Heart Cathedral in Rochester.
  • Father Daniel L. White, parochial vicar of St. Maximilian Kolbe and St. Katharine Drexel parishes in western Wayne County.

All of the videos can still be viewed at

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