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Tuesday

Deacon Jim McCabe teaches a middle school religious
education class at St. Martin of Tours Parish in Bethpage, NY.

Deacon James P. McCabe, who has served his diaconate assignment at St. Martin of Tours Parish in Bethpage, NY, will be ordained to the priesthood June 11 at St. Peter the Apostle Church/Shrine of St. John Neumann in Philadelphia.

Philadelphia Auxiliary Bishop John McIntyre will preside at the 10:30 a.m. Mass in the Upper Church.

A native of Red Bank, NJ, Deacon McCabe professed his final vows in the Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer (the Redemptorists) on July 17, 2010, and was ordained a deacon in September 2010 at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C. His first priestly assignment will be announced after his ordination.

He has written a blog about his ministry experiences at St. Martin of Tours. Click here to read about his experiences.

 
McCabe, 54, is the oldest of four children of Robert and Vivian McCabe. He earned a bachelor’s in business administration from The Citadel in 1979, and then served as an electronic warfare officer (lieutenant) aboard the USS Peleliu in Long Beach, CA, from 1979-83.
 
He first entered the Redemptorists in 1983. He pursued philosophy and theology studies and completed novitiate, but chose to leave the order in 1987.
 
McCabe then pursued a career in economic and community development in the Staten Island and New York City areas. He was also active in Nativity Parish in Fair Haven, NJ, serving as a lector and a Eucharistic minister. He married in 1993, but divorced and was granted an annulment in 2002.
 
He earned a master’s in business administration from Dowling College in 2005, and re-entered the Redemptorists in 2006, pursuing theology studies at Washington Theological Union in Washington, D.C. In 2009, the Redemptorists relocated their theology program to Boston College where McCabe finished his master’s in divinity in May 2010.
 
Please keep Deacon Jim in your prayers as he prepares for ordination.
 
St. John Neumann, and Our Mother of Perpetual Help, pray for us!

 

 

Friday

Father Patrick Woods, former provincial of the Baltimore Province, recently was invited to be the commencement speaker at Mercyhurst-North East. The campus once served as the Redemptorists’ St. Mary’s High School, and Father Woods was both a graduate and a faculty member of the school.

 

So, as you graduate today from Mercyhurst-North East today, I would tell you some simple truths. God has a way of surprising us in life. Things may not always go as you plan and hope, but every day is a precious gift and to be lived well. You also have some wonderful men and women who have gone before you here at Mercyhurst-North East. You cannot only brag about them, but all of us can be inspired by them in living our own lives.

Matty Ryan teaches us about giving back to our communities. We may never be asked to walk into a burning building as did he on 9/11, but each one of us will be challenged in the days to come to be generous and loving to those around us, to share our gifts and talents with those in need.

Bishop Tom Reilly, C.Ss.R., loved the poor. In truth, we sometimes wish the poor would disappear. They make us feel guilty or we seek to blame them for their problems. My brothers and sisters, if we ignore the cry of the poor, our world and ourselves will be a sad and empty reality. Do not turn away from them.

Mary Beth Matthews loved life. She was a happy person. Life could not defeat her. Choose to be happy. Live your lives with joy. Focus less on what is wrong and what you do not have, and more on the blessings of your life and all that you do have. Have grateful hearts.

Theresa Mahoney loved her family and invited others to be part of her life. Appreciate your families. They have their faults, but there is no one who loves you more than they. They are your greatest supporters. You would not be here today without them.

All four of these men and women, who walked the corridors of what is now Mercyhurst-North East loved God and sought his daily guidance in living their lives. They are cheering you in heaven.

Graduates of the class of 2011 — go forward and live life well. You have great models to follow. Join the great line of men and women who have loved this campus and learned how to live and love at this very special place.

 

Wednesday

Crossroads is a weekend retreat program that offers young men discerning their vocations the opportunity to reflect on "what more they can do" with the gifts God has given them. Crossroads helps develop the skills and practice of prayer, teaches Gospel values and principles for living as Christian men, and explores ways of serving those in need.

 

 

Tuesday

Following is a list of new pastors of Redemptorist parishes within the Baltimore Province. Please keep them and their communities in your prayers during this time of transition. Assignments are effective July 27, 2011.

Father George Blasick, C.Ss.R.
Pastor of Our Lady of Lourdes Parish
Seaford DE
 
Father Blasick, 45, professed vows as a Redemptorist on December 8, 1997, and was ordained to the priesthood May 5, 2001. His previous assignments include associate pastor of St. Gerard in Lima, OH, and St. Mary’s in Annapolis, MD.
 
 
Father Alfred Bradley, C.Ss.R.
Pastor of St. Peter the Apostle Parish
Philadelphia, PA
 
Father Bradley, 52, is a native of Philadelphia. He professed vows as a Redemptorist August 28, 1982, and was ordained May 14, 1988. His previous assignments include pastor of Holy Cross, Christiansted, St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands; diocesan vicar for the Diocese of St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands; and two terms as vicar provincial for the Baltimore Province.
 
Father Arthur Gildea, C.Ss.R.
Pastor of Our Lady of Fatima Parish
Baltimore, MD
 
Father Gildea, 69, is a native of Boston, MA. He professed vows August 2, 1962 and was ordained June 18, 1967. His previous assignments include mission work in Paraguay; the Redemptorists’ former high school, St. Mary’s in North East, PA; ministry to migrants in Seaford, DE; and assignments as pastor at St. Wenceslaus, Baltimore; St. Clement Mission House, Ephrata, PA; St. John Neumann Residence, Saratoga Springs, NY; and associate pastor at Our Lady of Fatima (2005-07) and St. Peter the Apostle, Philadelphia.
 
Father Bruce Lewandowski, C.Ss.R.
Vicar for Cultural Ministries
Archdiocese of Philadelphia
 
Father Lewandowski, 43, professed vows as a Redemptorist September 10, 1988, and was ordained to the priesthood May 7, 1994. His previous assignments include St. Cecilia, New York, NY; Immaculate Conception, Bronx, NY; Seelos House, Vieux Fort, St. Lucia, West Indies; the now-closed St. Boniface, Philadelphia; and pastor of Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Philadelphia, since 2006.
 
Father Sean McGillicuddy, C.Ss.R.
Pastor of Most Holy Redeemer Parish
New York, NY
 
Father McGillicuddy, 56, was born in Killarney, Kerry, Ireland. His previous assignments include associate pastor at St. Wenceslaus, Baltimore; the now-closed St. Boniface, Philadelphia (pastor from 1996-2002); pastor of Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Brooklyn, NY; and since 2008 as a mission preacher based at Our Lady of Perpetual Help (Mission Church) in Boston, MA. 
 
Father John McLoughlin, C.Ss.R.
Pastor of Our Mother of Perpetual Help
Ephrata, PA
 
Father McLoughlin, 53, was born in Brooklyn, NY. He professed vows as a Redemptorist September 9, 1989, and was ordained to the priesthood May 9, 1992. His previous assignments include mission work in Dominica, and St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands; St. Wenceslaus, Baltimore, MD; and Our Mother of Perpetual Help, Ephrata, PA. (NOTE: Father Patrick McGarrity will remain as associate pastor of Our Mother of Perpetual Help, and assume the new role of director of assisted living for the Redemptorist community at St. Clement’s Mission House.) 
 
Father John Olenick, C.Ss.R.
Pastor of Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Philadelphia, PA
 
Father Olenick, 40, is a native of Winston-Salem, NC. He professed vows September 11, 1999 and was ordained May 10, 2003. His previous assignments include associate pastor at Immaculate Conception in the Bronx, NY, and associate pastor of Visitation.
 
 
Father James Szobonya, C.Ss.R.
Pastor of St. Gerard Parish
Lima, OH
 
Father Szobonya, 49, professed vows as a Redemptorist September 14, 2002, and was ordained to the priesthood May 6, 2006. He was previously assigned as associate pastor of St. Martin of Tours in Bethpage, NY.
 
 
 
  
Father John Tizio, C.Ss.R.
Pastor of St. Mary’s
Annapolis, MD
 
Father Tizio, 52, is a native of Brooklyn, NY. He professed vows as a Redemptorist August 4, 1979, and was ordained to the priesthood May 25, 1985. His previous assignments include associate pastor of St. Michael’s, Baltimore, and St. Mary’s, Annapolis (1992-2005), and pastor of St. Martin of Tours, Bethpage, NY.
 
Father Robert Wojtek, C.Ss.R.
Pastor of Sacred Heard of Jesus
Baltimore, MD
 
Father Wojtek, 55, was born in Baltimore. He professed vows as a Redemptorist July 31, 1976 and was ordained to the priesthood May 23, 1981. His previous assignments include several years of missionary work in Puerto Rico, associate pastor at Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Brooklyn, NY, and pastor of St. Michael’s/St. Patrick’s in Baltimore. (NOTE: Father Gerard Knapp will remain at Sacred Heart of Jesus as rector of the Redemptorist community.)
 
Father Patrick Woods, C.Ss.R.
Pastor of St. Martin of Tours Parish
Bethpage, NY
 
Father Woods, 61, is a native of Brooklyn, NY. He professed vows as a Redemptorist August 2, 1968, and was ordained to the priesthood June 8, 1975. His previous assignments include English teacher at the former Redemptorist high school, St. Mary’s in North East, PA; prefect of students at Holy Redeemer College in Washington, D.C.; provincial vicar from 1992-2004, and provincial from 2004 to 2010.

 

 

Monday

Father John Virgil Caskey died May 22 at the St. John Neumann Residence at Stella Maris in Timonium, MD. He was 93, and the oldest member of the Baltimore Province.

Father Caskey was born August 2, 1917 in Lima, OH. He professed vows as a Redemptorist on August 2, 1939, and was ordained to the priesthood June 18, 1944.

A viewing will be held Thursday, May 26 at 10 a.m. in the main chapel at Stella Maris, 2300 Dulaney Valley Road, Timonium, MD. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m.

A viewing will be held Friday, May 27, from 3 to 8 p.m. at St. Gerard Church, 240 W. Robb Ave., Lima, OH. A wake service will begin at 7 p.m. A funeral Mass will be celebrated Saturday, May 28 at 10 a.m. at St. Gerard. Burial will immediately follow.

Please pray for Father Caskey, for his family and friends, and for his fellow Redemptorists who mourn his passing.