VOCATIONS

ST. MATTHEW’S, VOORHEESVILLE

Faith formation leader’s work is ‘100 percent a vocation’

Since becoming pastoral associate for faith development at St. Matthew’s parish in Voor­heesville, Joy Galarneau has found more than a career.

MOVING TOWARD DIACONATE

FUTURE DEACONS CELEBRATED the Rite of Admission to Candidacy for Holy Orders last weekend in a ceremony held at St. Joseph's Provincial House in Latham. In this rite, candidates offer themselves to God and the Church, an official recognition of a vocation.

PERSONS IN NEED

Mercy sisters’ grants aid Albany non-profits

The Sisters of Mercy Northeast Community has awarded $400,000 in grants to nearly 40 non-profit organizations in the northeastern United States in areas the sisters serve, including the Albany Diocese.

HISTORY OF ORDER

Twins from Saint Rose travel to France with Sisters of St. Joseph

In June, the Association of Colleges of the Sisters of St. Joseph (ACSSJ) sponsored its first student pilgrimage to Le Puy, France, the village where the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet were founded.

CONCERT PROMOTES RELIGIOUS LIFE

AS STUDENTS START another school year, many are starting to think about future careers. The annual Concert for Vocations offers music by people in religious life and prayers for more vocations. The concert was held at St. Pius X parish in Loudonville. (Nate Whitchurch photos)

CAREER CHOICE: PRIESTHOOD

SEMINARIANS HEADING "back to school" are blessed each year during Candidacy and the Rite of Sending as they begin or return to their studies for the priesthood. Bishop Edward B. Scharfenberger leads the ceremony at St. Jude the Apostle parish in Wynantskill. (Nate Whitchurch photos)

DISCERNING VOCATIONS

House for future priests finds new home in Albany

“Some problems are good problems to have, that was the situation I found myself in this past year with the St. Isaac Jogues House of Discernment in Watervliet,” Rev. Anthony Ligato just wrote in a diocesan newsletter on vocations.

OFFICIAL HONORED

MSGR. DONALD RUTHERFORD, a priest of the Albany Diocese who retired in 2015 as the U.S. Army's chief of chaplains, has been made one of the inaugural members of the Army's Order of St. Martin of Tours.

SEMINARIAN'S DIARY

Loneliness and God’s gift of friendship

Loneliness is one of the great plagues of our time. In an age of social media where friendships are sometimes superficial at best and, often, relationships are anonymous, impersonal and empty, loneliness is everywhere.

NEW PRIEST ORDAINED FOR DIOCESE

"YOUR CALL IS A CALL TO GO OUT into the world and tell the Good News, by your life and by your example. It's not really about you, but it is about all of us," Bishop Edward B. Scharfenberger told Rev. Zachariah Chichester, the newest priest of the Albany Diocese.
LEAVING DIOCESE

Local sister now in leadership for Sisters of Mercy Northeast

In recent bulletins, St. Mary’s and Sacred Heart parishes in Albany listed good news and bad news. The good news was that parish outreach/social ministry coordinator Sister Peg Sullivan, RSM, had been elected to the leadership team of her religious order, the Sisters of Mercy of the Northeast.

‘ROSARY PRIEST’ DECLARED VENERABLE

Massachusetts gathering celebrates Rev. Patrick Peyton

On June 10, a crowd of about 700 people gathered at Holy Cross Family Ministries in North Easton, Mass., to honor the late Rev. Patrick Peyton, CSC, as the famed “Rosary priest” took a step toward sainthood.

SOON-TO-BE-ORDAINED

New priest started other careers, and ‘then He asked me to do something else’

Deacon Zachariah Chichester has been an inventor, a political campaign manager, a graduate and postgrad student and a seminarian for the Albany Diocese. On June 16, he’ll be ordained a priest in a ceremony at Albany’s Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception.

NEWLY-ORDAINED

Deacon just keeps learning

Deacon Douglas Erickson is starting down a new life path. On May 19, he was ordained a permanent deacon for the Albany Diocese.

PROFILE

NEW DEACONS ORDAINED

FOUR NEW DEACONS were ordained last weekend at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Albany by Bishop Edward B. Scharfenberger. Deacon Al Censullo says he waited years for the right time to act on his vocation.
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