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The Office of Vocations Welcomes You

The Archdiocese of Hartford welcomes inquiries from young men seeking to serve the Church as priests. We also would like to help direct those men and women in discerning a vocation in the consecrated life as a religious sister or brother.

To talk about a priestly or religious vocation, contact Father Jeffrey Gubbiotti at 860-761-7456 or by email: vocations@aohct.org.

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Fr JeffVocation Director’s Message

“The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few” (Mt 9:37). These words of our Lord resonate with local Catholics because we have experienced the great need for good priests to serve the needs of our archdiocese.  But Jesus also says ”…ask the master of the harvest to send out laborers for His harvest.” (Mt 9:38).  And so with these words we are assured that the Lord will not abandon us and will continue calling workers into the harvest of saving souls; that God will provide what we truly need when we ask with humble and ardent faith.

In this faith we know there are men throughout the Archdiocese of Hartford and beyond called to serve God and His people as priests and there are men and women called to serve in a special way as religious sisters and brothers in consecrated life. The Office of Vocations is committed to assisting our pastors to invite men and women to discern a life of complete dedication to ministerial work. We are equipped to help men prepare for the diocesan priesthood and we can assist men and women who seek to live a consecrated religious life find the resources they need.

In a world that offers so many possibilities for our young people, we invite men and women to seek out and generously embrace God’s plan–a call that requires faith, trust, virtue, sacrifice, mercy and especially love; love of God, love for the Church and love of those we serve.  It is a calling to become fully the person God created us to be.  The universal call to holiness must be lived out in a concrete expression of love–a particular vocation that will help us grow into fullness by uniting ourselves to the Paschal Mystery, thus giving life to others in union with Christ.

Don’t be afraid!  Know that you are not alone in this calling . Many are called, and many experience the same thoughts, feelings, and concerns you may have.  If you think God might be calling you to the priesthood or religious life, explore these feelings and thoughts, pray about them, talk to your pastor and trusted family and friends.

I love being a diocesan priest and am so grateful that God has called me to serve Him and His people in the Archdiocese of Hartford in this way.  And I am confident that God has a special, definite plan for your life too.  I would welcome the opportunity to accompany you on the great adventure of discovering (discerning) that call, and generously living it out day by day.  Please pray for me and for all of our seminarians in formation to be priests of the Archdiocese of Hartford and I will be praying for you too.

Peace in Christ,
Fr. Jeffrey A. Gubbiotti
Vocation Director–Archdiocese of Hartford

 

The Office of Vocations – About Us

Deacons 2015The Office of Vocations for the Archdiocese of Hartford is committed to fostering quality, faithful, and lasting vocations to the priesthood.  To this end, the men in our formation program must be committed disciples of Jesus Christ willing to form their lives in His likeness.  St. John Vianney says, “The priest is first of all a man of prayer.” Our vocation program places priority on daily prayer. As our world becomes more materialistic and secular, the people of God need priests who, by word and example, promote the universal call to holiness which is born out of a devoted prayer life, centered in Sacred Scripture and Eucharistic oblation.  Authentic devotion to the Blessed Mother is essential as well, because it leads men in the path of her divine Son.

The Office of Vocations gives full loyalty to the Church, namely the Holy Father, the bishops, and in particular our own bishop. It is our pledge to adhere to all the teachings of the Church. Those who would be priests must believe in the value and gift of celibacy. We make no apologies for celibacy. It is a prophetic sign of God’s Kingdom. As the Church has been plagued recently by scandal internally and persecution externally, there are many who see celibacy as the problem. It is just the opposite.  For those who are called to be priests, celibacy is not the problem but a great aid to pursuing the life of holiness.  A man who aspires to priesthood must radically conform his life to the life of Jesus Christ who did not marry but gave himself totally to his heavenly Father for the sake of the Kingdom.

The Office of Vocations believes in a formation process that develops the entire person. Potential candidates must undergo a physical and psychological examination. The primary purpose of this is to help determine the strengths and weaknesses of the candidate. It will also help to place the seminarian in the proper academic setting.  Our seminarians will be challenged spiritually, academically, personally, and pastorally so as to be ready for the grace of ordination and embracing the challenge of living the diocesan priesthood faithfully and fruitfully.

God is calling men to the priesthood. Are you one of them?  The noise and distractions of our culture can cause a spiritual deafness. The Office of Vocations would like to help you hear God’s voice and discern His will for your life. If you think God is calling you the time to act is now!

Office of Vocations

Director: Father Jeffrey Gubbiotti
467 Bloomfield Avenue
Bloomfield, CT 06002-2999
860-761-7456 Fax: 860-243-0661
vocations@aohct.org