From left, Deacon Joseph Catafago, Deacon Michael Lombardi and Deacon Dominik Wegiel
Bishop John O. Barres will ordain three men to the priesthood for the Diocese of Rockville Centre on June 19 at a Mass of Priestly Ordination at Saint Agnes Cathedral, Rockville Centre, at 11 a.m.
Those being ordained are Rev. Mr. Joseph Catafago, Rev. Mr. Michael Lombardi and Rev. Mr. Dominik Wegiel. The newly ordained priests will be assigned to parishes in the Diocese of Rockville Centre where each will serve in the role of associate pastor.
The ordination will air live on Catholic Faith Network (CFN) at 11 a.m. and 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 selected cable and satellite systems and through live stream on CFNTV.org. 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”.
Deacon Joseph Catafago
First Mass: Sunday June 20, 2021, at 5 p.m. at Holy Family Church, Hicksville
Deacon Joseph Catafago grew up in the Parish of Holy Family in Hicksville and attended Holy Trinity High School. Following high school, Deacon Catafago applied to Cathedral Seminary in Douglaston, Queens, as he attended St. John’s University in Jamaica, Queens. Upon the completion of his studies and formation at St. Johns and Cathedral, he began his studies at St. Joseph’s Seminary in Dunwoodie, Yonkers. After two years at the major seminary, Deacon Catafago was assigned to the Parish of St. John the Evangelist in Center Moriches for his pastoral year. Previously, he served at the Parish of Infant Jesus in Port Jefferson for a pastoral summer experience.
Throughout his years of discernment and seminary formation, Deacon Catafago experienced “countless moments where I’ve been inspired by priests who have shown me the role of ordained ministers in the Church: to teach, preach, and sanctify.” These are witnesses that he desires to emulate in his own priesthood.
Deacon Michael Lombardi
First Mass: Sunday June 20, 2021, at Noon at Saint Barnabas the Apostle Church, Bellmore
Deacon Michael Lombardi is originally from Syracuse, New York. He attended high school at Christian Brothers Academy there and then went on to earn a B.A. from Syracuse University. Deacon Lombardi then pursued a degree in architecture from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Upon graduation, he moved to Seattle, Washington, where he worked professionally in architecture for over 16 years. In 2012, he returned east to Long Island, where he made the decision to enter the seminary. Deacon Lombardi attended the Pope St. John XXIII National Seminary in Weston, Massachusetts. He served his pastoral year of formation at St. Patrick’s Parish in Huntington and calls St. Patrick’s his parish home on Long Island. Deacon Lombardi said that “among the things I’m most looking forward to is the grace of serving the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass every day, and being able to visit patients in the hospital, offer them the sacraments, and ensure them of God’s mercy for them.”
Deacon Dominik Wegiel
First Mass: Sunday, June 20, 2:30PM, Holy Cross Parish, Maspeth
Deacon Dominik Wegiel, the son of Polish immigrants, grew up in the Parish of Holy Cross in Maspeth, Queens. He graduated from The High School of Applied Communication in Long Island City, and then Stony Brook University with a degree in Applied Mathematics and Economics. Deacon Wegiel then entered St. Joseph’s Seminary in Yonkers. He served his pastoral year at Infant Jesus Parish, Port Jefferson.
Deacon Wegiel noted that “the priesthood is pure gift” and said he most desires for “others to know the love of God and the peace of the Resurrection.” He is humbled knowing that “Jesus has called me to share my experience, knowledge, and zeal with the Church on Long Island.”