Worth a thousand words

In 2002, when I was beginning formation for the diaconate, a young teenager by the name of Sean Suckiel worked at night answering phones in the rectory of my spiritual director.  I used to see Sean a lot.  He told once me that the one thing he had wanted, his whole life, was to be a priest when he grew up.

Flash forward nine years, and there we are, in the photo above, moments after he was ordained a transitional deacon.  Sean is the last man from Brooklyn to be ordained in the seminary at Huntington.

In June, by the grace of God, he will be ordained a priest.

Please keep him and all his classmates in your prayers.


  1. Congratualations Deacon Sean and be assured of my prayers as you continue in your formation toward the presbyterate.

  2. Congratulations to him; nice photo and neat story!

  3. How wonderful for both of you and for the Church.


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