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Three Men Ordained as Priests in the Archdiocese of Hartford

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For Immediate Release
Contact: Maria Zone
Director of Communications
Archdiocese of Hartford
(860) 541-6491
Maria.Zone@aohct.org

Three New Priests

Hartford, Conn. (May 22, 2017) – On Saturday, May 20, 2017, Archbishop Leonard P. Blair ordained three men to the priesthood at the Cathedral of Saint Joseph in Hartford at 11 a.m.

The newly ordained priests are: Reverend Mr. Glen Dmytryszyn of Wethersfield, CT; Reverend Mr. Eduar Gutiérrez Tovar of Colombia; and Reverend Mr. Eric Manuel Zuniga of New Britain, CT.

“These three men of faith are well-prepared and are striving to be authentic disciples of Christ,” says Fr. Gubbiotti.  “They each bring a unique set of talents to their vocation that will be a source of blessing for many people.  We are very excited to welcome them into the presbyterate of the Archdiocese of Hartford.”

The candidates have completed at least six years of formation and studies in theology and philosophy, in addition to undergraduate studies in a different field. Vocation Director of the Archdiocese of Hartford, Reverend Jeffrey A. Gubbiotti, has accompanied the men on this last year of formation and serves as a liaison between the seminary formation teams and Archbishop Blair, who ultimately decided to call the men to the priesthood.

“There is nothing more vital for the life of the Church than the ordination of priests, who are called to teach, sanctify and shepherd Christ’s flock until the end of time. We are blessed this year with these three fine men, and we pray that they in turn will inspire many more to hear and heed God’s call,” says Archbishop Blair.

About the ordinands:

Reverend Mr. Glen Dmytryszyn – (age 25) Dmytryszyn studied at St. John’s Seminary in Brighton, MA. He received a Bachelor’s Degree from Albertus Magnus College. In preparation for the priesthood, he served at various parishes in the Archdiocese including: St. Paul in Glastonbury, SS. Peter & Paul in Waterbury, St. Bernadette in New Haven, St. Matthew in Forestville, and the Cathedral of Saint Joseph in Hartford.

He says he is excited to be ordained a priest so he can celebrate the sacraments with and for the people of God. “A Catholic priest has an incredible privilege and responsibility to make Christ known in all he says and does,” says Dmytryszyn. “I am most excited to celebrate Mass, hear confessions, and be there for the people God puts in my path.”

Reverend Mr. Eduar Gutiérrez Tovar – (age 28) Tovar hails from Colombia but attended Mount St. Mary’s Seminary in Emmitsburg, MD for the past six years. Prior to that, he studied English at the University of Hartford. In preparation for the priesthood, he has served at various parishes in the Archdiocese including: Holy Trinity in Wallingford, St. Bernard in Tariffville, Holy Family in Enfield, and St. Ambrose in North Branford.

As a priest, Tovar wants to help people of all ages. “I would like to work in youth ministry, because they are the present and future of our Archdiocese. Also, I want to work with the elderly at the parish in which I get assigned and build a strong community in Christ,” he says.

Reverend Mr. Eric Manuel Zuniga– (age 43) Zuniga studied at Mount St. Mary’s Seminary in Emmitsbutg, MD. He received a Bachelor of Science in International Business from Central Connecticut State University. In preparation for the priesthood, he has served at various parishes in the Archdiocese including: Holy Rosary in Ansonia; St. Ann and St. Mary in New Britain, and St. Augustine- Immaculate Conception in Hartford.

Zuniga says he is excited to become a priest because he has been called to be an instrument of God’s love and mercy.  “My hands are no longer mine but belong to God,” he says.  “They will be used to give blessings, consecrate the Eucharist, and absolve sins in Jesus’ Name.”  Zuniga looks forward to reaching out to the marginalized members of our communities.

To learn more about the new priests, visit: http://bit.ly/2pPIr6S .

For information about the discernment process, go to: www.hartfordpriest.com.

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