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2 DOR Priests on the Priesthood

March 18th, 2016, Promulgated by benanderson

From the DOR’s youtube channel

What priesthood has meant to my life: Fr. Tony Mugavero

When did you first sense God might be calling you to be a priest? Fr. Peter Van Lieshout


10 Responses to “2 DOR Priests on the Priesthood”

  1. Jim says:

    Thank you Fr. Tony and Fr. Peter for sharing your thoughts on your vocation to the priesthood. It sounds like a very challenging, yet, a very blessed life!

  2. Jim says:

    Just a comment/observation: Where are all of the voices that used to populate this website? I know it’s Holy Week and a busy time of the year, but it seems like every time I visit here on Cleansingfire, the entries made are seldom commented on. C’mon everyone, let’s rekindle that FIRE!!!!!

  3. Ben Anderson says:


    I tend this think that might be a good thing. Most of the posts on this site with the long comment threads were about controversial topics – typically ways in which Rochester leaders were out of line w/ Catholic doctrine or practice. If things are quieter here, I think that means things are going better and people can invest their time elsewhere. Just one aspect to consider.

    Have a blessed Easter Triduum, Jim.


  4. Jim says:

    Ben, I see your point, but I think that folks could offer more constructive comments. This website could serve as a good vehicle to teach and instruct different aspects of our Catholic faith…especially to those who need some good Catholic teaching, that they just can’t find in the pews. This would help to build up the Body of Christ for one another. Just a thought. There’s always more to learn about our faith. I hope you also enjoy a Blessed Easter Triduum, Ben -Jim

  5. raymondfrice says:

    I am merely stating what I have heard from some priests and from some laymen as to the nature of this blog. The people I have spoken to put C/F in the category of a “hate ” blog.

  6. gaudium says:

    I first met Fr. Mugavero when he was Deacon Tony at St. Mike’s in Newark. He evidence such joy back then and it is so good to hear his voice (and his joy!) in the video clip. Fr. Mugavero is one of the most committed pro-life priests I have ever met. He brings a large group of young people to the March for Life every year. God bless him and all our priests!

  7. Diane Harris says:

    Goody. That is great testimony to this site, Raymond. When we say abortion is killing babies we are told it is hate speech. When we say no one comes to the Father except through Christ we are told it is hate speech. When we say nuns shouldn’t have to pay for contraceptives, sterilization or abortion insurance we are told it is hate speech. When we say homosexual activism is disordered and not the way God created us to be it is called hate speech. When we say same-sex unions violate what God called marriage to be it is called hate speech. When we say gender changes are not what God created to be man and woman we are told it is hate speech. When we say parents have a right to opt their children out of sexually perverse teaching in schools we are told it is hate speech. When we say so-called Catholic colleges and universities should teach Catholic TRUTH it is called hate speech. And when we begin speaking clearly against the right to decide when and how to die it will also be called hate speech.

    Christ Himself said He came not to bring peace but to cast fire on the earth, we know we are in great company. If they hated Him how much more they will hate us, because no disciple is greater than the teacher. But telling the TRUTH is what we are called to do; Christ got crucified for it by someone who had to ask: What is Truth? We are in times where good is called bad and bad is called good. Perhaps, as Mordechai said to Esther, we have been born for just such a time as this. So, when Christ comes will he find any Faith on earth? Not if everyone is calling TRUTH “hate.” May this site continue to support all that is TRUTH.

    I am not surprised, Raymond, that you claim there are “some priests” who see this blog as “hate speech” because some are so ill-formed in their own perception of “What is TRUTH” that it distorts their preaching and their perspective. Remember, politicians can only lie by what they say; priests can lie from the pulpit both in what they say and what they refuse to say. God help the innocent souls who can’t tell the difference.

  8. Jim says:

    @Gaudium: What a coincidence! I also was in St. Michael’s Parish in Newark, when Fr. Tony Mugavero was Deacon Tony! I’ve known Fr. Tony since 1975, when we were both seminarians at Becket Hall on the St. John Fisher College campus. Fr. Tony is one of the most selfless, Christ-Centered priests that I have ever met. To me, he totally reflects the heart of the gospel. He puts Christ and others first, while humbly staying in the background..all the while trying to win over souls for Christ. I am not here to canonize Fr. Tony, but I will say that he fully illustrates the zeal that Christ challenges His priests to possess…Loving God and neighbor in all that he does.

  9. raymondfrice says:

    Ben: in reference to Father Van Lieshout, I think we discussed the world youth day as a source for vocations few months ago. I think we resolved the issue by saying that vocation conscious families should send their kids to world youth day!!

  10. Ben Anderson says:

    sure, send them to Toronto. They can drive there. I believe the discussion started with you complaining that the Diocese wasn’t paying to fly kids to Poland and I simply said that sending them there isn’t a silver bullet. I stand with Fr. McNamara is saying that parents should encourage vocations during their entire upbringing – not banking on an overseas trip.

    Here it is for the record:

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