9 priests hon­ored by pope for ser­vice

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Nine priests in the Ro­man Catholic Arch­dio­cese of Hart­ford have been named mon­signors by Pope Francis.

The honor is given to a priest who is at least 65 years old and is dis­tin­guished for his ser­vice, ac­cord­ing to a re­lease from the arch­dio­cese. It means the priest “has been made an hon­orary mem­ber of the Pope’s own house­hold,” ac­cord­ing to the re­lease.

Arch­bishop Leonard P. Blair, who rec­om­mended the priests for the hon­orary ti­tle, said in a state­ment, “My in­ten­tion on the oc­ca­sion of our 175th an­niver­sary is sim­ply this: to rec­og­nize the ser­vice of all our priests by hon­or­ing a few rep­re­sen­ta­tives out of the many who so faith­fully teach, sanc­tify and shep­herd the peo­ple of God, es­pe­cially in these chal­leng­ing times for the church and for priests. The fact that this is a pa­pal honor also un­der­scores the close bonds of com­mu­nion be­tween our lo­cal church and the Holy Fa­ther in Rome. And when a parish priest is named a ‘ monsi- gnor’ it is an honor for his parish­ioners too.”

Eight of the nine priests are pas­tors. They are the Rev. Joseph DiS­ci­acca, Di­vine Mercy Parish, Ham­den; the Rev. John Ge­or­gia, Res­ur­rec­tion Parish, Walling­ford; the Rev. Gene Gianelli, As­sump­tion Parish, Wood­bridge; the Rev. Thomas Barry, St. Pa­trick Parish, Farm­ing­ton; the Rev. Joseph Don- nelly, Sa­cred Heart Parish, South­bury; the Rev. Frank Mat­era, St. Mary Parish, Sims­bury; the Rev. Robert O’Grady, Mary, Gate of Heaven Parish, Wind­sor Locks; and the Rev. Gary Sime­one, St. Gre­gory the Great Parish, Bris­tol. Also named was the Rev. James Kin­nane, ad­ju­tant ju­di­cial vicar for the Metropoli­tan Mar­riage Tri­bunal, which he has served for more than 50 years.

A cel­e­bra­tion of con­fer­ral of the hon­ors will be held at 4 p. m. Feb. 24 at St. Thomas Chapel at the Pas­toral Cen­ter in Bloom­field. Tick­ets are re­quired due to lim­ited seat­ing.

DiS­ci­acca

Don­nelly

O’Grady

Ge­or­gia

Kin­nane

Sime­one

Mat­era

Gianelli

Barry

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