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Two Local Men to be Ordained to the Holy Priesthood

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

Hartford, Conn. – (June 5, 2018) On Saturday, June 23, 2018, Archbishop Leonard P. Blair will ordain two men to the Holy Priesthood at the Cathedral of Saint Joseph, Hartford at 11a.m. The public is invited to attend.

The ordinands are: Reverend Mr. David Madejski from New Britain, and Reverend Mr. Josh Wilbur of Goshen. The following Q&A will introduce you to each of them.

Rev. Mr. David Madejski

Rev. Mr. Deacon David Madejski – (25) Born to Polish parents, Madejski always knew he wanted to become a priest. He grew up in New Britain, attending Jefferson Elementary School, Pulaski Middle School and New Britain High School.

Q: Why did you decide to become a priest?  

A:  I decided to become a priest, because I felt a calling from the Lord Jesus to be an instrument of God’s mercy to other people. I grew up in New Britain where I saw many people who were suffering. I realized that everyone needs God in order to be fulfilled in life and I wanted to become a priest to share the Good news of Jesus Christ. I felt in my heart the desire to talk about the powerful message of God’s mercy.

Q: Who or what inspired you?  Did you have a mentor?

A:  My Pastor, Father Darek Gosciniak, was the priest who inspired me. He was a great mentor for me, providing words of encouragement and spiritual guidance. He was a joyful priest who served others with compassion that was something, which greatly inspired me when I was thinking about the priesthood.

Q: As a priest, what would you like to accomplish?

A:  As a priest I hope to minister to the suffering, disregarded, the hurting people.  I want to be a priest who listens with compassion. I want to help people experience the awesome presence of God through the power of adoration. I cannot wait to offer my first Mass or hear my first confession in order to be an instrument of God’s mercy.

Q: Where did you study, and was preparing for the priesthood difficult? 

A:  I studied for a total of 8 years. My first 4 years were at Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary (College Seminary) in Philadelphia and then theological studies at Saint John’s Seminary in Boston. Preparing for the priesthood was an amazing experience full of moments that helped to grow in many ways. A difficult aspect would probably be the academics; the intellectual studies were interesting but challenging as well to learn everything necessary. I really enjoyed the pastoral moments at parishes where I was able to minister to the people of God.

Q: Talk about how your family may have impacted your decision to pursue the priesthood.  

A:  My grandparents were the ones who passed on the faith to me, which I am very grateful to them for being good Catholic role models for me. I still can remember my grandmother teaching me my first prayers that I learned. My grandparents took me to Mass every Sunday. My grandfather was very supportive of my vocation to the priesthood always encouraging me to pursue my calling to become a Priest.

 

Rev. Mr. Joshua Wilbur

Rev. Mr. Joshua Wilbur – (37) Wilbur was brought up as a Baptist like his mother. His father is Catholic. His mother converted to Catholicism and was recently confirmed. After pursuing a career as a music teacher, he listened to a voice in his head that told him to enter the seminary.

Q: Why did you decide to become a priest?  

A: I was an elementary school music teacher prior to entering seminary and I always saw myself staying in that career for the rest of my life.  I taught at St. Thomas the Apostle School in West Hartford, and it was there that I got to know some of the priests and sisters and their vocation seemed really attractive.  I eventually began to get this “there’s more…” feeling, almost a nagging in the back of my mind, but I resisted the thought of priesthood for a few years.  I prayed over it for a few years, and there finally came one night where I felt God saying to me, “Josh, we’ve talked long enough… it’s time for you to take the next step!”

Q: Who or what inspired you? (Did you have a mentor?)

A:  The priests, sisters, and great staff and parishioners I came to know, especially at St. Thomas the Apostle, were a great inspiration for me to enter into a life of service to our Lord in the Church

Q:  As a priest, what would you like to accomplish?

A:  The priest is connected to so many people’s lives in so many ways… baptisms, marriages, funerals, confession, etc. At times it can be hard, especially in our very fast-paced society, to recognize that we have a constant, and that is Jesus Christ.  I want to bring authentic joy to my ministry so people can also experience the great joy that comes with having a true relationship with our Lord.  I hope I’m not spilling the beans too much, but I have a quote that I love from Pope Francis on my Holy Card which will be distributed at the ordination and my first Mass… “Each encounter with Jesus fills us with joy, that deep joy that only God can give.”  I hope to be a joyful and compassionate instrument of Christ’s good work.

Q: Where did you study and was preparing for the priesthood difficult? 

A:  I studied philosophy and theology for six years at St. John’s Seminary in Boston.  While the formation program is challenging in all areas of priestly formation, which include Intellectual, Pastoral, Spiritual, and Human dimensions, and the time commitment (usually 6 to 8 years) can seem daunting, I learned a lot about myself throughout my preparation for priesthood.  I am so grateful for the generosity and prayers of the people of the Archdiocese of Hartford, and for Archbishops Mansell and Blair trusting in my abilities to be an effective priest for our church here in Hartford.

Q: Talk about how your family may have impacted your decision to pursue the priesthood. 

A:  I converted to the Catholic faith shortly after college, but my parents did a beautiful job raising my brother and I so that we had a great understanding of God and the importance of recognizing God’s influence in our everyday lives.  My firm foundation in my Christian identity as a child allowed me to follow this wonderful path that God has led me on these past several years.  In fact, both of my parents have found their way back to the Catholic Church since I entered seminary, so God truly does work in wonderful ways!

 

When visiting the cathedral, visitors need to use the side wooden doors, as the cathedral is currently undergoing restoration, or the west entrance located on Asylum Ave., which features an elevator for handicapped and easy access to all levels of the Cathedral.

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