Cardinal Tobin will ordain three new priests this weekend

Cardinal Joseph W. Tobin, C.Ss.R., Archbishop of Newark, will ordain three men to the priesthood during a presbyteral ordination on Saturday, May 25, at 10 a.m. at the Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart in Newark.

All are welcome to participate in the ordination and pray for the newly ordained men before they begin their service in parishes in Bergen, Essex, Hudson or Union counties. Participants in the ordination will also have the opportunity to receive first blessings from the new priests, who will greet well-wishers after the ceremony.

The Mass will be broadcast live on the archdiocese’s YouTube and Facebook pages, as well as on the Cathedral Basilica’s YouTube and Facebook pages.

This year’s ordinands followed different paths to the priesthood. But despite their diverse backgrounds, they all share one thing: their lives have been enriched and completed by God.

  • Deacon Matteo Matarazzo, 31, once lost confidence and pursued a career in the restaurant industry before applying for the Navy in his native Italy. However, when he came into contact with the catechesis of the Neocatechumenal Way, he experienced God’s forgiveness and acceptance, which rekindled his faith. Matarazzo felt the presence of God’s love and knew he wanted to join the priesthood. So when the Italian Navy approached him to join the officer program, he declined, stating that God had already accepted him for service.
  • Deacon Joseph A. Pavone, 35, did not follow a linear path to the priesthood. Ten years ago he was ordained a transitional deacon, but later chose to step away from church ministry in search of personal fulfillment. This led him to discover unique jobs and meet a wide range of people. These experiences matured him, made him more compassionate, and gave him a deeper understanding of life. Ultimately, Pavone realized that this trip was God’s way of preparing him for his true calling as a priest.
  • Deacon Andrew M. Rubinich, 25, began his journey at St. Thomas More Church in Fairfield, where he started as an altar boy and later worked in youth ministry, eventually becoming a catechist and vacation Bible school leader. Through these roles he felt a calling to the priesthood, but kept his dream to himself. It was only after several people urged him to consider seminary that he realized his calling as a priest. Now on the brink of ordination, Rubinich eagerly looks forward to serving Jesus and His people.

“Harvest day is dawning again for us in the Archdiocese of Newark, who have generously responded to the Lord’s call to ‘beseech the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers for His harvest (Luke 10:2)’” Rev. .Eugenio de la Rama, vocations director for the Archdiocese of Newark, said. “May our new priests be encouraged by the words of Pope Francis, who said earlier this month: ‘You will experience the joy of being true fathers who do not dominate others, but rather create in them, both men and women, great and precious possibilities. ‘ Blessed be Jesus Christ, now and forever!”

Kevin A. Canessa Jr. is an editor and presenter at The Observer, a place he has worked on and off since 2006. He is responsible for the editorial content of the newspaper and website, the production of the e-newspaper, writing several stories per week (including the weekly editorial), with live broadcasts on FacebookLive, including a weekly news recap — and much more behind the scenes. Between 2006 and 2008, he introduced the newspaper to its very first blog – including podcasts, audio and video. Kevin was originally from Jersey City and lived in Kearny, Port St. Lucie, until 2004. Florida, for four years until February 2016 and in March of that year, he moved back to West Hudson to return to The Observer full-time. Click Here to send Kevin an email.