The 2020 candidates for ordination are Deacon Rafal Borowiejski, left, and Deacon John Crozier. 


Rockville Centre Bishop John O. Barres will ordain two men to the priesthood for the Diocese on June 20, the Memorial of the Immaculate Heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary.  The Mass of Priestly Ordination will take place at Saint Agnes Cathedral, Rockville Centre, at 10 a.m.

The ordination will air live on Catholic Faith Network (CFN). It will be replayed later that evening at 8 p.m. Catholic Faith Network can be viewed on Optimum channel 29/137, Verizon FiOS TV channel 296, and Spectrum channel 162/471. CFN is also available on select cable and satellite systems and through live stream on You may also view CFN on Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Android, or by downloading the CFN iOS mobile app at the app store by searching “Catholic Faith Network” or “CFN”.

At the time of this press release, pursuant to New York State Executive Order, religious gatherings of more than ten people is prohibited. As of the date of this release (May 29), this ordination will, unfortunately, not be open to the public. For the safety of all, only a limited number of individuals deemed integral to the celebration of the Ordination Mass will be permitted inside the Cathedral. If a subsequent Executive Order affecting public gatherings for religious services is enacted that impacts the celebration of this Mass, the Diocese will issue an updated statement. Please visit and Diocese of Rockville Centre social media (Facebook, Twitter and Instagram) for updates.

Those being ordained are the Rev. Mr. Rafal Borowiejski and the Rev. Mr. John Crozier. The newly ordained priests will be assigned to parishes in the Diocese of Rockville Centre where they will both serve in the role of associate pastor.

Deacon Rafal Borowiejski
First Mass: Saturday, June 20, 2020, at St. Mary’s Church, Manhasset.

Deacon Rafal Borowiejski was born an only child to his parents Adam and Maria Borowiejski on July 30, 1980 in Krakow, Poland. He was raised a Roman Catholic and, feeling a strong call to the priesthood after high school, he entered the Major Seminary in Poland.  After taking some time off to care for his family, he decided to continue to grow in the knowledge of his faith. He received his Master’s degree in Theology at the Pontifical University of Saint John Paul II in Krakow. In 2013 he earned a Licentiate degree in Canon Law, and then began a Ph.D. program at the University. The call to the priesthood continued to stir in his heart and he re-entered formation at the Seminary of Saints Cyril and Methodius in Krakow, which also has a campus in the United States.

After completing a year of formation in Poland, he continued his studies at the campus in Orchard Lake, Michigan. Then, Deacon Borowiejski found himself having to return to Poland to care for a sick family member. When he was able to return to the United States, Deacon Borowiejski, after meeting Bishop Andrzej Zglejszewski, applied for admission to the seminary program for the Diocese of Rockville Centre in 2017.

He studied at the Cathedral Seminary House of Formation in Douglaston and, from 2018 to 2019, he served with Father Bob Romeo at St. Mary’s parish in Manhasset, which would become his home parish in the Diocese. He is currently finishing his studies at Saint Joseph’s Seminary in Yonkers, New York. During this time, he has also been serving at Saint Mary’s parish in Roslyn.

He was ordained a transitional deacon on November 9, 2019, at Saint Joseph’s Seminary by Cardinal Timothy Dolan.

“I’m looking forward to my new parish and working with the people and with God, with Jesus Christ, and with the Blessed Virgin Mary,” said Deacon Borowiejski.

Deacon John Crozier
First Mass: Sunday, June 21, 2020, at St. Agnes Cathedral in Rockville Centre.

Deacon John Crozier was born to Marion and John Crozier on September 23, 1993, and grew up as a parishioner of Saint Agnes Cathedral in Rockville Centre. He attended Saint Agnes Cathedral Elementary School and Kellenberg Memorial High School, Uniondale. Due to the influence of many people in his life including his grandmother, priests, religious brothers and sisters, and lay people at Kellenberg, he began to discern a vocation to the priesthood.

In 2011, following graduation from high school, Deacon Crozier entered the Cathedral Seminary House of Formation in Douglaston. He majored in philosophy and minored in theology at Saint John’s University. After receiving his undergraduate degree, he entered Saint Joseph’s Seminary in Yonkers.

While in the seminary, Deacon Crozier served at Saint Anthony of Padua parish in Rocky Point, Saint John of God parish in Central Islip, and a pastoral year at Saint Hugh of Lincoln parish in Huntington Station. In addition to these experiences, Deacon Crozier also attended the Institute for Priestly Formation in Omaha, Nebraska, and developed his Spanish language skills in San Jose, Costa Rica. He was ordained a transitional deacon by Cardinal Timothy Dolan on November 9, 2019. Currently, Deacon Crozier serves as a deacon at Notre Dame Parish in New Hyde Park.

Deacon Crozier came to realize in high school that “the truest desires and greatest longings of the human heart are found in God; the way that He helps us to recognize that most clearly is through the encounter with His Church and, in a particular way, though his priests.” As he prepares to accept his first priestly assignment, Deacon Crozier looks forward to bringing that message of joy and hope to the faithful of the Diocese of Rockville Centre.