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SUSSEX BISHOP BLESSES HEADQUARTERS FOR DIOCESAN MIGRANT MINISTRY PASSAIC THE AWARDWINNING NEWSPAPER OF THE R.C. DIOCESE OF PATERSON, N.J. 8 MORRIS MAY 21, 2015 16 The Catholic Center for Evangelization at Bayley-Ellard Diocese honors 74 religious jubilarians By CECILE SAN AGUSTIN REPOR TER 3 HEAD OF ST. PAUL INSIDE THE WALLS TELLS NEWTON PARISHIONERS TO CENTER THEIR LIVES ON CHRIST STILL TIME TO JOIN DIOCESAN GROUP GOING TO WYD ’16 IN POLAND 5, 15 13-14 16 17 18-19 20 PASSAIC Seventy-four sisters, brothers and priests serving in the Paterson Diocese, who are celebrating significant an-niversaries in religious life this year, were honored by the Paterson Diocese May 16 for bringing love and hope to all in their vocations. Their fidelity and commitment to con-secrated life was celebrated at a Mass in St. Mary Church here at which Bishop Serratelli was the principal celebrant and homilist. Several priests from the diocese and beyond concelebrated the Mass. The jubilarians who attended the Mass were marking anniversaries of 80, 75, 70, 65, 60, 50, 40 and 25 years in religious life. In welcoming the jubilarians and the congregation, the bishop said, “Today, we gather with great joy and gratitude to almighty God for the gift of religious life, for the gift of your life to the Church. God is good and kind for raising up so many religious.” The Mass was a joyful celebration with music provided by Sisters of Christian Charity with Salesian Sister Margaret Wilhelm as cantor. The choir was led by Sister of Christian Charity Mary Edward Sphorer, chancellor/delegate for re-ligious, whose office coordinated the Mass. CONTINUED on 10 JUBILEE DAY Sister of Charity of St. Elizabeth Rita Toomey, who is celebrating 60 years in religious BEACON PHOTO | RICH GIGLI Y OUTH V IEWPOINT W HAT T O D O O BITUARIES C LASSIFIEDS life, receives congratulations from Bishop Serratelli, who presented her with a gift and certificate to mark the occasion at the diocese’s annual celebration for religious jubilarians May 16 in St. Mary Church, Passaic. Bishop to ordain largest ordination class in diocese since ’74 14 to be ordained as priests Saturday By MICHAEL WOJCIK NE WS EDIT OR CLIFTON Bishop Serratelli will or-dain 14 men of diverse ages, cultural backgrounds and life experiences to the priesthood — part of the largest ordination class in the Paterson Diocese since 1974 and largest that he has ordained — at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, May 23 in the St. Philip the Apostle Church here. The following transitional dea-cons will be ordained to the priest-hood: Rev. Mr. Darwin Jesus Lastra Barraza, Rev. Mr. Luis A. Hernandez, Rev. Mr. Jose M. Jimenez, Rev. Mr. Milton Edilzon Camargo Muñoz and Rev. Mr. Giovanni Rodriguez Osorno, all of Colombia; Rev. Mr. Lemmuel Alonzo Camacho of the Philippines; Rev. Mr. Daniel Jan Chajkowski of Canada; Rev. Mr. Jakub Krzysztof Grzybowski, Rev. Mr. Lukasz Iwanczyk, Rev. Mr. Mateusz Jasniewicz, Rev. Mr. Maciej Kranc, DO NOT DELAY — TIME SENSITIVE NEWS Rev. Mr. Kamil Stachowiak and Rev. Mr. Paweł Tomczyk, all of Poland; and Rev. Mr. Stephen Prisk of Clifton. Through the laying on of Bishop Seratelli’s hands, at Christ’s com-mand, and the offering of the con-secratory prayer, at the Church’s di-rection, these men will become the “laborers for the harvest”, said Father Hubert Jurjewicz, diocesan vocations director. “Matthew tells us that when Jesus looked around at the crowd, ‘his heart was moved with pity … for they were like sheep without a shepherd.’ Today the Church in the Diocese of Paterson witnesses the fulfillment of the God’s ORDINATION on 2 State purchases former Paterson Catholic H.S. site PATERSON The N.J. Schools Devel -op ment Authority (NJSDA) has pur-chased the property located at 764-804 11th Avenue, Paterson, from the Diocese of Paterson for $30 mil-lion. The property is the site of the former Paterson Catholic High School, which due to declining en-rollment and spiraling debt, was closed in 2010. At that time, the school’s accumulated debt to the Diocese was in excess of $7 million. The State was in such need of Proceeds to benefit Catholic education, long-term needs the facility that it was made clear to the Diocese that the State was prepared to exercise its power of eminent domain if the Diocese had refused to sell the property. The NJS-DA purchased the former high school in order to convert the facility into a middle school to alleviate the severe overcrowding conditions in the classrooms of the Paterson Public School District. “The unexpected situation of this property sale will be an extraordi-nary way to address future needs of our diocese,” said Bishop Serratelli. “The proceeds from the sale of the property have been placed in special trusts for the long-term needs of the diocese and any emerging needs that may arise.” With the proceeds, the Diocese established two trusts after the re-tirement of Paterson Catholic’s debt. SOLD on 7

Diocese Honors 74 Religious Jubilarians

Cecile San Agustin

PASSAIC Seventy-four sisters, brothers and priests serving in the Paterson Diocese, who are celebrating significant anniversaries in religious life this year, were honored by the Paterson Diocese May 16 for bringing love and hope to all in their vocations. Their fidelity and commitment to consecrated life was celebrated at a Mass in St. Mary Church here at which Bishop Serratelli was the principal celebrant and homilist. Several priests from the diocese and beyond concelebrated the Mass.

The jubilarians who attended the Mass were marking anniversaries of 80, 75, 70, 65, 60, 50, 40 and 25 years in religious life.

In welcoming the jubilarians and the congregation, the bishop said, “Today, we gather with great joy and gratitude to almighty God for the gift of religious life, for the gift of your life to the Church. God is good and kind for raising up so many religious.”

The Mass was a joyful celebration with music provided by Sisters of Christian Charity with Salesian Sister Margaret Wilhelm as cantor. The choir was led by Sister of Christian Charity Mary Edward Sphorer, chancellor/delegate for religious, whose office coordinated the Mass.

In his homily, the bishop told the jubilarians: “Whether in teaching, parochial ministry, caring for the sick, the elderly or working for the poor, as consecrated religious — more than the good you do — you, yourselves are God’s gift to us, you, yourselves are the abundant fruit of God’s generous love for each of us. And for this, we give thanks.”

During the Mass, the jubilarians made a renewal of their vows of chastity, poverty and obedience before the bishop. They also recommitted themselves to serve the Church, asking for prayers and support from the congregation.

Following Holy Communion, Sister Mary Edward announced the names of each of the jubilarians in attendance. They came forward one-by-one to receive a certificate and a gift from the bishop in honor of their anniversary in religious life.

After the Mass, the jubilarians enjoyed a reception in St. Mary’s parish hall.

In attendance at the Mass and celebrating 75 years in religious life was Filippini Sister Angelica Cristiani, who at 91, was one of the oldest sisters in attendance. She made her first vows on June 16, 1940 and has served in grammar schools in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland and New York. “I feel great today,” she said. “I thank God so much for the continued energy, the courage all these years and simply for everything he has done in my life.”

Today, she serves at the Villa Walsh, the motherhouse of the Filippini sisters in Morristown doing laundry and baking cookies for the sisters there.

Also in attendance at the Mass was golden jubilarian, Sister of Christian Charity Marlene Weitzel, who entered her order on Sept. 6, 1965. Educated from first grade to 12th grade by the Sisters of Christian Charity, Sister Marlene said, “The sisters inspired me to follow my vocation. Their cheerfulness, the way they are happy in their work and for being good teachers truly inspired me.”

For 25 years, she has served in the Paterson Diocese at Holy Family School in Florham Park, St. Michael School in Netcong and St. Cecilia School in Rockaway. Sister Marlene thinks her jubilee was especially timely as Pope Francis has dedicated this year to consecrated life. “This is a very hopeful time. I’m happy to be part of the Lord’s ministry.”

Salesian Sister Carmen Morales, celebrates 60 years as a Salesian this year. Her anniversary will be on Aug. 5. “I feel wonderful today. It’s very emotional,” she told The Beacon.

For most of her ministry, Sister Carmen taught religion in schools throughout the country. In the Paterson Diocese, she has served at Mary Help of Christians Academy in North Haledon and at the former St. Anthony School in Paterson. Today, she serves at the Sacred Heart Center in Newton assisting the Salesian novices.

“God has been with me through this whole journey guiding me along with the Blessed Mother. I am so grateful for this life,” she said.

Read the full article at http://www.livedigitaleditions.com/article/Diocese+Honors+74+Religious+Jubilarians/2011374/259346/article.html.

Bishop To Ordain Largest Ordination Class In Diocese Since ’74

Michael Wojcik

CLIFTON Bishop Serratelli will ordain 14 men of diverse ages, cultural backgrounds and life experiences to the priesthood — part of the largest ordination class in the Paterson Diocese since 1974 and largest that he has ordained — at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, May 23 in the St. Philip the Apostle Church here.

The following transitional deacons will be ordained to the priesthood: Rev. Mr. Darwin Jesus Lastra Barraza, Rev. Mr. Luis A. Hernandez, Rev. Mr. Jose M. Jimenez, Rev. Mr. Milton Edilzon Camargo Muñoz and Rev. Mr. Giovanni Rodriguez Osorno, all of Colombia; Rev. Mr. Lemmuel Alonzo Camacho of the Philippines; Rev. Mr. Daniel Jan Chajkowski of Canada; Rev. Mr. Jakub Krzysztof Grzybowski, Rev. Mr. Lukasz Iwanczyk, Rev. Mr. Mateusz Jasniewicz, Rev. Mr. Maciej Kranc, Rev. Mr. Kamil Stachowiak and Rev. Mr. Pawel Tomczyk, all of Poland; and Rev. Mr. Stephen Prisk of Clifton.

Through the laying on of Bishop Seratelli’s hands, at Christ’s command, and the offering of the consecratory prayer, at the Church’s direction, these men will become the “laborers for the harvest”, said Father Hubert Jurjewicz, diocesan vocations director.

“Matthew tells us that when Jesus looked around at the crowd, ‘his heart was moved with pity … for they were like sheep without a shepherd.’ Today the Church in the Diocese of Paterson witnesses the fulfillment of the God’s promise contained in the Book of the Prophet Jeremiah: ‘I will give you shepherds after my own heart who shall feed you with knowledge and understanding‘ (Jer 3: 15),” Father Jurjewicz said. “St. John Vianney, patron of diocesan priests, reminds us that ‘the priesthood is nothing more than the heart of Jesus Christ,’ beating loudly and ceaselessly among and for the people of God, so that they are no longer ‘like sheep without a shepherd.’”

Bishop Serratelli invites all in the diocese to attend the ordination on Saturday morning to support the 14 men who will be ordained.

Following are brief biographies of the 14 deacons to be ordained as priests:

Rev. Mr. Darwin Jesus Lastra Barraza

Born: June 18, 1981 in Barranquilla, Colombia, to Edgar Lastra and Susana Barraza of Barranquilla, Colombia.

Parish: St. Francis de Sales, Vernon.

Education: High school in Barranquilla, Colombia, 1999; philosophy studies in preparation for formation to the priesthood in seminary in La Ceja, Antioquia, Colombia, 2006-2009; English as a Second Language at Rutgers University, Newark, after arriving in Paterson Diocese in 2010; Completion of third year of theology at Mount St. Mary’s Seminary, Emmetsburg, Md.

Rev. Mr. Lemmuel Alonzo Camacho

Born: Nov. 10, 1976 in Manila, Philippines, to Efren Q. and Zenaida A. Camacho.

Parish: Our Lady of the Holy Angels, Little Falls.

Education: High school at Notre Dame of Greater Manila, 1990- 1994; bachelor’s degree in nursing from Manila Doctors College, Philippines, 1994-1998; pre-theological studies at Immaculate Conception Seminary at Seton Hall University, South Orange, 2009-2011; bachelor’s degree in sacred theology from Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome, 2011-2014; Licentiate in spiritual theology from Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas, Rome, 2014 to present.

Work experiences: Registered nurse at Manila Doctors Hospital, Philippines, and St. Luke’s Medical Center, Philippines, specializing in critical care and ophthalmic nursing, 1998-2000; staff nurse and then as nurse supervisor at Merry Heart Nursing Home, Succasunna, 2002-2009.

Apostolic experience: Seminary infirmarian, giving assistance to fellow seminarians, who were sick, 2011-2013; ministering at Our Lady of the Holy Angels as faith formation program volunteer; assisting clergy in daily Mass and other liturgical functions as altar server, lector and when needed as extraordinary minister of Holy Communion; preparing food items in the parish food pantry; and organizing parish documents, as needed. Volunteer pilgrim assistant to Basilica of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary of Fatima, Portugal, in the summer of 2012, helping in the visitor center, assisting visitors to the shrine and giving small explanations about the importance of the apparitions of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Fatima.

Rev. Mr. Daniel Jan Chajkowski

Born: June 12, 1960 in Windsor, Ontario, Canada, to Joseph (deceased) and Helen Marie Chajkowski.

Parish: Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Boonton.

Education: Machinist diploma, St. Clair College of Applied Arts and Technology, 1980; bachelor’s degree in philosophy, Holy Apostles Seminary, Conn., 2011; master’s degree in moral theology, 2015.

Rev. Mr. Jakub Krzysztof Grzybowski

Born: July, 2, 1988 to Eugeniusz Grzybowski Kobylczyna and Zofia Grzybowska of Malopolska/Krakow.

Parish: St. Michael the Archangel Parish, Ujanowice, Malopolska/Krakow, and St. Cecilia, Rockaway.

Education: High school at Stanislawa Wladyslawa Reymonta, Tegoborze; St. Carly and Methodius Seminary, Krakow.

Rev. Mr. Luis A. Hernandez

Born: July 18, 1988 in Colombia, Pitalito — Huila to Luis Alberto Hernandez and Flor Marina Rodriguez.

Parish: Our Lady of the Magnificat, Kinnelon.

Education: Montessori High School in hometown; start of formation for priesthood in Garzon Diocese in Colombia, 2005; completion of philosophy studies at the seminary of Cristo Sacerdote, Colombia, 2010, before arriving in the U.S. in 2011; bachelor’s degree in philosophy from Holy Apostles College and Seminary, Conn., 2013; anticipated Master of Divinity this year.

Rev. Mr. Lukasz Iwanczyk

Born: May 8, 1983 to Peter and Maria Iwanczyk.

Parish: St. Cecilia, Rockaway.

Education: Four-year theology at Mount St. Mary Seminary, Emmitsburg, Md.

Rev. Mr. Mateusz Jasniewicz

Born: Sept. 6, 1988 to Barbara Jasniewicz of Piechowice, Poland.

Parish: Assumption, Morristown.

Education: Master of Divinity from Mount St. Mary’s Seminary, 2015.

Apostolic experience: Seminarian and then a deacon for last two years at St. Catherine Parish, Harrisburg, Pa.; Catoctin Pregnancy Center in Emmitsburg, Md.

Rev. Mr. Jose M. Jimenez

Born: June 12, 1987 in Bogota, Colombia to Jose and Ana Jimenez.

Parish: Sacred Heart and Holy Rosary, Dover.

Education: Bachelor’s degree in philosophy from Seminary Cristo Sacerdote, Colombia; master’s degree in theology from Holy Apostles College and Seminary, Conn.

Apostolic experience: Three years at Holy Family Parish, Florham Park.

Rev. Mr. Maciej Kranc

Born: June 9, 1981 in Bialystok, Poland, to Marian and Irena of Choroszcz, Poland.

Parish: St. Vincent Martyr, Madison.

Education: High school in Poland, 2000; master’s degree in philosophy from Ignatianum University, Krakow, Poland, 2008; master’s degree in theology from Papal Theological Faculty, Collegium Bobolanum, Warsaw, Poland, 2013.

Rev. Mr. Milton Edilzon Camargo Muñoz

Born: Zetaquirá, State of Boyacá, Colombia. To José Leví Camargo and María Estrella Muñoz.

Parish: Nuestra Señora de la Asunción, Zetaquirá, Boyacá.

Education: Master’s degree in Theology from Universidad Católica del Oriente, 2015; Licentiate in philosophy and religious education from Universidad Católica del Norte, 2015; diploma in accompaniment of victims of violence from Universi dad Pontificia Bolivariana; theology studies at the Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana, while at Villa Paul Seminary, Colombia, 2010-2013; bachelor’s degree in philosophy from the seminary “La Milagrosa,” 2008; technical degree with specialization in trade and business management, 2002.

Rev. Mr. Giovanni Rodriguez Osorno

Born: Dec. 13, 1982 in Medellin, Antioquia, Colombia, to Fabio Alberto Rodriguez of Cabañas, Bello Antioquia, and Luz Daris Osorno (deceased).

Parish: Our Lady of the Lake, Sparta.

Education: Three years of theology at Seminario Conciliar de Medellin and Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana; certificate of pedagogy from Universidad San Buenaventura; completion of fourth-year theology at Holy Apostles College and Seminary, Conn.; two semesters of electrical engineering at Universidad de Antioquia.

Rev. Mr. Stephen Prisk

Born: April 21, 1989 in Passaic to Thomas Prisk and Valerie Gagnon.

Parish: Sacred Heart, Clifton.

Education: Seton Hall Prep, West Orange, 2003-2007; bachelor’s degree in biology from Francis can University of Steuben ville, 2007-2010; Studies at Immaculate Conception Seminary at Seton Hall University, 2010-2011; baccalaureate in sacred theology from Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome, 2011-2014; studies for a license in sacred theology at Pontifical Institute of John Paul II, 2014-present.

Rev. Mr. Kamil Stachowiak

Born: Sept. 16, 1988 in Rawicz, Poland, to Jozef and Ewa Stachowiak of Bojanowo, Poland.

Parish: Holy Family, Florham Park.

Education: High school in Leszno; Adam Mickiewicz University, Pozna ; master’s degree in theology from Pontifical University of John Paul II, Kraków, 2013.

Rev. Mr. Pawel Tomczyk

Born: Aug. 13, 1990 to Andrzej and Krystyna Tomczyk of Szczecinek, Poland.

Parish: w. Rozalii z Palermo, Szczecinek, Poland, and St. Matthew the Apostle Parish, Randolph.

Education: Princess Eliza beth High School, Szczecinek, Poland, 2006-2009; Ss. Cyril & Methodius Seminary, Kraków, Poland, 2009-2011; master’s degree in theology with specialization in moral theology, Ss. Cyril & Methodius Seminary, Orchard Lake, Mich., 2013; currently enrolled in doctorate program in moral theology and ethics, Theological College Seminary, Washington, D.C., 2013-2015.

Read the full article at http://www.livedigitaleditions.com/article/Bishop+To+Ordain+Largest+Ordination+Class+In+Diocese+Since+%E2%80%9974/2011377/259346/article.html.

State Purchases Former Paterson Catholic H.S. Site

Proceeds to benefit Catholic education, long-term needs

PATERSON The N.J. Schools Development Authority (NJSDA) has purchased the property located at 764- 804 11th Avenue, Paterson, from the Diocese of Paterson for $30 million.

The property is the site of the former Paterson Catholic High School, which due to declining enrollment and spiraling debt, was closed in 2010. At that time, the school’s accumulated debt to the Diocese was in excess of $7 million.

The State was in such need of the facility that it was made clear to the Diocese that the State was prepared to exercise its power of eminent domain if the Diocese had refused to sell the property. The NJSDA purchased the former high school in order to convert the facility into a middle school to alleviate the severe overcrowding conditions in the classrooms of the Paterson Public School District.

“The unexpected situation of this property sale will be an extraordinary way to address future needs of our diocese,” said Bishop Serratelli. “The proceeds from the sale of the property have been placed in special trusts for the long-term needs of the diocese and any emerging needs that may arise.”

With the proceeds, the Diocese established two trusts after the retirement of Paterson Catholic’s debt. The first trust, the “Diocese of Paterson Catholic Education Trust,” will be used to support Catholic education in general, as well as Diocesan Catholic schools in particular. “More students whose families are economically poor will be able to attend Catholic schools and benefit from our schools. The needs in our poorest areas can be addressed at a level that would not have been possible. I am very grateful to the board of the Tri- County Scholarship Fund who will help to administer those funds, which will be dedicated to Catholic school education,” the bishop said.

The second trust, the “Diocese of Paterson Mission Fund, Inc.,” will be used to support the mission of the Diocese and to address critical diocesan needs, including assisting poor parishes and improving infrastructure. “Ministry, evangelization, and worship will all benefit,” said Bishop Serratelli.

“Funds from the recently conducted Partners in Faith capital campaign are addressing a number of needs across the diocese right now through the payment of pledges,” the bishop said. “Those needs will continue to be addressed as pledge payments are received.”

“In our desire to help those who are in need, it is clear that the needs are staggering,” said Msgr. James Mahoney, Vicar General and Moderator of the Curia. “This new infusion of funds will help us do even more. The combination of our Partners in Faith campaign and the funds from this property sale will obviously not address all of our needs, but will make a wonderful difference in bringing the message and love of Jesus to so many.”

The closing on the property was held May 14. The NJSDA was represented by Ryan P. Kennedy, Esq. The Diocese was represented by its General Counsel, Kenneth F. Mullaney Jr., Esq.

Read the full article at http://www.livedigitaleditions.com/article/State+Purchases+Former+Paterson+Catholic+H.S.+Site/2011378/259346/article.html.

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