Pictured above from left, with Bishop Barres, are Fathers Roger Velazquez, Alexander Turpin, Cody Bobick, Matthew Browne, Ken Grooms and Nelson Marquez.


Bishop John Barres ordained six men to the priesthood for the Diocese of Rockville Centre on June 22 at St. Agnes Cathedral. The new priests are Fathers Cody Bobick, Matthew Browne, Ken Grooms, Nelson Marquez, Alexander Turpin, Jr. and Roger Velasquez.

During a liturgy rich in tradition, the candidates for priesthood began the Mass sitting with their families until being called forward. Then they knelt before Bishop Barres and pledged obedience to him and his successors. They promised to faithfully and reverently teach the Gospel, celebrate the sacrament, and discharge the office of priesthood. They then came down the center aisle and lay prostrate on the floor, in a gesture of humility, while the congregation prayed for the intercession of the saints.

Bishop Barres placed his hands on the head of each candidate, signifying that the power of priesthood is conferred by the bishop, continuing the unbroken line from the time of Christ and the apostles. All the priests present were invited to do the same, as a sign of welcome, and of their communion in the one priesthood of Christ.

Then, with hands extended over each of the men, Bishop Barres said the Prayer of Ordination. After they were ordained, the men were vested with the stole and chasuble by priests who made a difference in their lives. The bishop then anointed each man’s hands with chrism oil.

After Mass, the new priests gathered in the pastoral center and bestowed first blessings on family, friends and members of the congregation.

See below for a slideshow of photos from the ordination and first blessings

Father Bobick has been assigned to St. Anne’s parish, Garden City.

Father Browne has been assigned to graduate study for an STL in Systemic Theology at Catholic University of America, Washington, DC.

Father Grooms has been assigned to St. Aidan parish, Williston Park.

Father Marquez has been assigned to St. Hugh of Lincoln parish, Huntington Station.

Father Turpin has been assigned to graduate study for an STL in Liturgical Theology at Catholic University of America, Washington, DC.

Father Velasquez has been assigned to St. Patrick parish, Bay Shore.

Read Bishop Barres’ remarks from the Ordination Mass here.

Photos by Ed Casey