Sunday, April 14, 2019

New Pastors

St. William the Abbott in Seaford is getting a new pastor:  Fr. Joseph Fitzgerald.  He is also the Vocation Director for the Diocese of Rockville Centre.  He was profiled in the National Catholic Register a few years back -

From Olympic Athlete to Diocesan Priest


"I entered Immaculate Conception Seminary in Douglaston, N.Y., on Aug. 30, 2001, which was my 30th birthday. Shortly after that, and only a few miles away, the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center occurred. That was a very jarring time. It showed how goodness and hope, as expressed in the vocation to the priesthood lived out, were sorely needed.

I was ordained on June 9, 2007, and now as a diocesan vocations director, I want to encourage other men to share in this life of generosity and love that the priesthood allows. "

St. Frances De Chantal, right next door in Wantagh, is also getting a new pastor:  Fr. Seth Awo Doku who is currently at St. Agnes Cathedral.

"Fr. Seth N. Awo Doku was born and raised in Ghana. He wanted to be a priest at age 12. After graduating High School, he attended the minor seminary prior to his philosophical and theological formation, and was ordained on July 21, 1990, for the Archdiocese of Accra. He served in two pastoral assignments before proceeding to The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC, to do graduate studies. He earned the Licentiate Degree in Liturgical Studies in 1999 and returned to Ghana, where he served as the Director of Liturgical Services of the Archdiocese of Accra and also as a pastor. In 2004, he returned to the Catholic University of America to complete his studies, obtaining the Doctorate Degree in Liturgical Theology. "

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