Linwood, New Jersey                                    Spring 2003                                                       Page 3


 

Fr. Michael Messaro celebrates the 35th anniversary of ordination to the priesthood


Fr. Michael Messaro is recognized on the occasion of his 35th anniversary of ordination.  Fr. Robert McDade presents a framed picture of photo remembrances to Fr. Mike and his sister, Roberta DiDonato following the dedication ceremony for the new House of Studies.
 

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n June Robert Malagesi and Frank Myers will begin a year of Novitaite with our congregation.  Robert, a former paralegal and native of the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania area has lived the past year with the Fairfield Community as a postulant attending classes at
Mt. St. Marys Seminary.  Frank has also been a postulant for a year while continuing has 26 year career as a middle school teacher in Southern New Jersey.  Frank, too, is a native of the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania area.

Following a period of postulancy, candidates enter a year of Novitiate.  During this year they live in residence with the community and do not carry an academic program.  Rather this is a time of immersing themselves in community life, discerning and reflecting on the commitment of professing vows.  At the end of this period, a novice requests that he be allowed to profess first vows.
 

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