Our Seminarians

Meet our men who have accepted the challenge...

Gino Pattugalan

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Carlos Velásquez


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Vocations to the Priesthood


Jesus is the Word who calls you to serve Him in truth. Is He inviting you to priesthood or religious life?

If you want help identifying signs of a vocation to the priesthood:

  • talk to your pastor
  • contact the Vocation Office (718-827-2454), or
  • visit BrooklynPriests.org.

            "For the priestly office is indeed discharged on earth, but it ranks amongst heavenly ordinances; and very naturally so: for neither man, nor angel, nor archangel, nor any other created power, but the Paraclete Himself, instituted this vocation, and persuaded men while still abiding in the flesh to represent the ministry of angels.”

            ~ St. John Chrysostom

From the  Pastor's Desk...

Dear Friends in Christ,

        This week, as summer quickly comes to a close, our three seminarians begin a new academic year in their different formation programs. Our parish is unique in the Diocese of Brooklyn in that we have students studying on all of the different levels of seminary formation.

        In September we will have three students at Cathedral Prep Seminary in Elmhurst. Jose Santana has moved from the Pope John Paul II House of Discernment to Cathedral Seminary Residence in Douglaston to continue his college studies. Carlos Velasquez moves this weekend to the Seminary of the Immaculate Conception in Huntington to begin what is called First Theology. Gino Pattugalan continues his studies at the Pontifical North American College in Rome.

        Gino spent most of the summer living and working in the Philippines. It was his first visit to his parent’s native land.  Gino will begin his second year next month and will be able to return to the United States in June when he will receive a summer pastoral assignment from Bishop DiMarzio.

        I think that the fact that we have three seminarians says so much about our parish and the emphasis we place upon praying for and supporting vocations. As our seminarians begin a new academic year please continue to keep them in your prayers.

With Love in Christ,

Father Jim 

August 30, 2009