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Written by: Denise Serafini on Monday, November 27, 2017

On August 4th we had the privilege of presenting to a sizable group of priests and seminarians, men that have answered the call, as the Apostles did, to commit their lives in the service of Christ. Each of these men heard the call on a personal level, summoning them to God’s service in a way that is probably similar to what Leviticus 20:26 says, “I have separated you from other people, that you should be Mine.” Father Jeff Gubbiotti, Director for Vocations at the Archdiocese of Hartford, invited us to present “Call from the Crucified Heart” with customized prayers for the priests and seminarians from the dioceses of Hartford and Norwich, in celebration of the feast of St. John Vianney. We had worked with Father Gubbiotti in advance on a program that not only included the customized prayers for priests, it was enhanced to incorporate his personal relic of St. John Vianney and highlight the wisdom of the patron saint of the priesthood with a short homily. I had also received a call from an about-to-be grandmother asking for prayer for a baby still in the womb. I asked Father Gubbiotti if he wouldn’t mind allowing members of the lay faithful attend. He agreed and we made the event details public and sent a special invitation for the family, noting that Father Gubbiotti would conclude the event by joining the priests and seminarians together in healing prayer for the child. The program began with the dedication of our prayers joined to the merits of Christ’s Passion for the support and benefit of our priests and seminarians as well as for Baby O’Rourke.

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