Bishop William Murphy will ordain five men to the priesthood for the Diocese of Rockville Centre. The Mass of Ordination will take place at the Cathedral of Saint Agnes, Rockville Centre on Saturday, June 20, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. This Mass will be broadcast live on Telecare, the diocesan television station (Cablevision channel 29/137, Verizon FiOS TV channel 296, Time Warner Cable channel 471).
Those being ordained are: Rev. Mr. Alessandro da Luz, Rev. Mr. Andrew Garnett, Rev. Mr. James Hansen, Rev. Mr. Sean Magaldi, and Rev. Mr. Jeffrey Yildirmaz.
Each of the newly ordained priests will be assigned to a parish in the Diocese of Rockville Centre where they will serve as an associate pastor.
Home parish: Parish of Christ the King, Commack
Diaconate Assignment: Parish of Our Lady of Victory, Floral Park
First Mass: June 21, 2015, 2:30 p.m., Church of Christ the King, Commack, New York.
Deacon Alessandro da Luz, 25, was born to Orlando and Teresa da Luz in East Northport. His home parish is Christ the King, Commack. The oldest of three brothers (Nelson, 21 and Christian, 19, Alessandro graduated from Saint John the Baptist Diocesan High School, West Islip in 2007. He then attended Saint Joseph’s College in Patchogue. He graduated in 2011 with a B.S. degree in Mathematics and Computer Science. From a young age, Deacon Alessandro felt the call from God to be a priest. “It probably began when I was in about the seventh grade,” said Deacon Alessandro. “As a new altar server, I was asked that year to serve Mass on Holy Thursday, and was deeply inspired by the Mass and the priesthood.“ Deacon Alessandro (an Eagle Scout) also credits his participation in the Boy Scouts with helping him recognize God’s call. “My involvement in my parish of Christ the King as an altar server, sacristan, evening receptionist and in other capacities played a central role in my discernment.”
Father da Luz will celebrate his first Mass on June 21, 2015, at 2:30 p.m. at the Church of Christ the King, Commack, New York.
Home parish: Parish of Saint Dominic, Oyster Bay
First Mass: June 21, 2015, at 11:30 a.m. at Church of Saint Dominic, Oyster Bay, New York.
Born and raised in Oyster Bay, Deacon Andrew Garnett has two brothers, one older and one younger and an older sister. Deacon Andrew attended Saint Dominic Elementary school and Chaminade High School. He entered the seminary in 2006 and lived at Cathedral Seminary Residence in Douglaston, NY while studying at Saint John’s University. Bishop Murphy asked Deacon Andrew to go to Catholic University and to the seminary at the Theological College in DC to pursue the Basselin Scholars Program. From this program he received a Ph.L. or Licentiate degree in philosophy. Then he was asked to continue seminary formation in Rome at the Pontifical North American College. He studied at the Gregorian University for three years and earned an STB. a bachelor’s degree in sacred theology. He also spent that year studying moral theology at the Academia Alfonsiana. During his summers home from Rome, Deacon Andrew was assigned to the parish of Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Lindenhurst and the parish of Saint Edward the Confessor, Syosset. Fun fact: Deacon Andrew ran a wiffle ball league at the North American College in Rome for two years. “I look forward to laying down my life for the salvation of souls,” said Deacon Andrew. “I attribute my vocation to the strong faith of my family and the example of my parish priests, especially Reverend Monsignor Alesandro.”
Father Garnett will celebrate his first Mass on June 21, 2015, at 11:30 a.m. at the Church of Saint Dominic, Oyster Bay, New York.
Home parish: Parish of Saint Catherine of Sienna, Franklin Square
First Mass: June 21, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. at the Church of Saint Patrick, Bay Shore, New York.
Deacon James Hansen, 26, grew up in Franklin Square and was a parishioner of Saint Catherine of Sienna, Franklin Square. He also spent summers in Oakdale on the Great South Bay and considers it “home”. Deacon James is a graduate of Kellenberg Memorial High School, Uniondale, NY and Manhattan College, NY. He has one brother Kevin (22) and one step-brother Adam (35). Deacon James has served as a deacon at the North American College with his apostolate at the U.S. Navy base in Naples. “I have lived and studied in Rome for the last four years. It has been a wonderful opportunity to see the Universal Church and be close to the Holy Father. The proximity to both Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI and Pope Francis has fostered a true sense of gratitude to God for the gift of the Papacy.” The priesthood was first presented to Deacon James by his parish pastor, Reverend Monsignor Thomas Groenewold. “I was in high school when he first asked me if I had ever thought about becoming a priest. He has since passed away but he was a wonderful priest who loved the priestly vocation and loved serving the People of God.” “The Marianist Brothers at Kellenberg High School also helped me see the joys that come with following the call of the Lord.” After four years of study in Rome, Deacon James is very much looking forward to once again belonging to a faith community on Long Island. “My time in Rome has helped me to realize just how much I love Long Island and how grateful I am to be part of the Diocese of Rockville Centre.”
Father Hansen will celebrate his first Mass on June 21, 2015, at 2:00 p.m. at the Church of Saint Patrick, Bay Shore, New York.
Home parish: Parish of Saint Aidan, Williston Park, New York
Diaconate Assignment: Saint Agnes Cathedral Parish, Rockville Centre
Deacon Sean Magaldi, 27, grew up in Williston Park and his home parish is the parish of Saint Aidan, Williston Park. He graduated from Chaminade High School in 2005 and Adelphi University in 2009 with a bachelor’s degree in communications and a concentration in film and video production. Deacon Sean has a younger brother, Justin. He also has a great uncle who is a priest for the Diocese of Brooklyn, Father Michael Vendetti. Deacon Sean’s hobbies include film and filmmaking. Deacon Sean entered the seminary in August 2010. He spent one year in Douglaston, one at the Immaculate Conception Seminary, Huntington and three years at Saint Joseph’s Seminary, Dunwoodie. “The priesthood was something that I started thinking about in high school,” said Deacon Sean. “Throughout college it was in the back of my mind but I wasn’t ready to take the next step to enter the seminary. After graduating from college, I started working as a Catholic Campus Minister at Hofstra University. Working with the students at Hofstra helpled me realize that God was calling me to be a priest and I needed to enter the seminary.”
Father Magaldi will celebrate his first Mass on June 21, 2015, at 12:00 p.m. at the Church of Saint Aidan, Williston Park, New York.
Home parish: Parish of Saint Edward the Confessor, Syosset, New York
Diaconate Assignment: Parish of Saint Hugh of Lincoln, Huntington Station, New York
First Mass: June 21, 2015, at 11:30 a.m. at the Church of Saint Edward the Confessor, Syosset, New York.
Deacon Jeffery Yildirmaz , 29 is from a first generation Turkish family and grew up in Massapequa. He was baptized in Saint Rose of Lima Church, Massapequa. He has one brother. When he was 17, his family moved to the Parish of Saint Edward the Confessor in Syosset. Deacon Jeff attended Kellenberg Memorial High School, Uniondale in 2004. He graduated from Saint Joseph’s University, Philadelphia, PA in 2008. Deacon Jeff entered the seminary in 2011. His diaconate assignment was in the Parish of Saint Hugh of Lincoln, Huntington Station. Deacon Jeff enjoys exercise, reading and travel.
What first inspired Deacon Jeff to be a priest was as a student at Kellenberg Memorial High School. “It was there I truly learned my faith and I begun to have a devout prayer life,” said Deacon Jeff. “I was truly inspired by the holiness of the Marianists and the teachers who taught there. As a student in Kellenberg, I was introduced to the life of Saint Pio of Pietrelcina, who led to me have a stronger call to the priesthood. I was drawn to the priesthood through the deep bond a priest has to Christ and to His Church. I was attracted to how the priest is a symbol of Christ and His Church. Everything a priest does is through his bond and intimacy to Christ.
“I want to be a priest because I believe that God has called me to be a priest. Although I am unworthy to receive such a great gift, and truly in awe of the great responsibilities that await, it is the greatest joy that the Lord could give me; to be his priest. As Saint John Paul states: ‘to be a steward of his sacred mysteries. To put it simply, I want to be a priest because I want to give people the love of Jesus Christ, to give them His Sacred Heart.”
Father Yildirmaz will celebrate his first Mass on June 21, 2015, at 11:30 a.m. at the Church of Saint Edward the Confessor, Syosset, New York.