The Cause of the Pause

What an interesting year and a half it has been? Who would’ve thought that since my last post at the beginning of Lent 2020 all that has transpired would occur? But none the less here we are. In the midst of all that has been happening, many good things have occurred in my life since my last post which have been the center of my attention other than this blog.

So, what has been going on in my life? Well, to start last July the 25th I was ordained a deacon and spent the summer at the parish of The Immaculate Conception in Clinton, NJ. I then in September of last year returned to Rome to complete my final year of formation for the priesthood. This summer, on June 19th, I was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Metuchen. (You can watch my first mass here.) I was then a parochial vicar at the parish of St. Charles Borromeo in Skillman, NJ. After ministering there for the summer I returned to Rome earlier this week.

Now you might wonder, why am I back in Rome? Am I not a priest already? Well, last academic year I started an advanced theology degree in Sacred Liturgy called a License. My bishop then assigned me to return to Rome to finish my theology license. And so I have returned to Rome for one more academic year to complete this degree before returning to the diocese of Metuchen once more next summer (for good). Phew…like I said a lot has been going on this last year and a half.

This year I expect to be quite focused on my studies, principally writing my thesis. As a result I do not expect to post much or at all during this academic year. However, going forward I hope to post some catechetical or educational resources on understanding the liturgy, in part stemming from my thesis. So check back maybe around June of 2022 as I wrap up my degree and return to the States.

And with that I am back off to my work here in Italy.