May 16, 2014

Springfield Diocese to welcome two new priests June 7



By Peggy Weber
(Iobserve file photo by Rebecca Drake)

SPRINGFIELD – Two new priests will be ordained for the Diocese of Springfield on Saturday, June 7, at an 11 a.m. Mass at St. Michael’s Cathedral, here.

Springfield Bishop Timothy McDonnell will ordain Rev. Mr. Christopher Andrew Fedoryshyn, 29, of Pittsfield and Rev. Mr. Francis (Frank) Jeffrey Lawlor, 57, a native of New Haven, Conn.

The public is invited to attend the morning ceremony.

Deacon Fedoryshyn (right photo) is a 2003 graduate of Taconic High School and a 2007 graduate of Siena College. He is the son of Marie and the late Peter Fedoryshyn. After college he began doctoral studies in economics at American University in Washington, D.C.

Following his father’s sudden death in 2008, he returned to Pittsfield. He credits his pastor, Father Peter Gregory of St. Charles Parish, with encouraging his vocation.

He entered the Oblates of the Virgin Mary but later determined he wanted to be a diocesan priest. He then entered St. John’s Seminary in Brighton, Mass.

Deacon Lawlor (below left) is the son of the late Eugene and Mary Jane Lawlor. He graduated from Notre Dame High School in West Haven, Conn., in 1974. Deacon Lawlor then attended Providence College in Providence, R.I., and Southern Connecticut State College. He earned his bachelor's degree in philosophy from St. Mary’s Seminary and University in Baltimore in 1978.

He was married and has three grown children, Colleen, Matthew and Timothy; and a grandchild.

Before entering the seminary, he worked for more than 20 years in the financial investment field, employed as a first vice president at Connecticut Complex Manager for Gruntal & Co, LLC in New Haven,., and also was a first vice president – New England Complex manager for Ryan Beck & Co., Inc.

Just prior to entering the seminary, Deacon Lawlor was the development director for the Newman Catholic Center at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. He was a seminarian at Blessed John XXIII National Seminary in Weston, Mass.

Father Gary M. Dailey, director of vocations for the Diocese of Springfield, said the ordination day is special.

“Always, when we ordain new priests, it’s a sign of great hope. It’s also a sign of continuity. Christ continues to work in the church. Through the priest, the sacraments are being administered to the people God and that alone is, in itself, a great joy,” said Father Dailey.

He said that one ordination is scheduled for next year and none for 2016. Following the ordination there are six men studying to be priests. However, Father Gary said there are 12 men in the application process for this fall.

“Also, we have ordained 24 men in the past nine years,” he noted. “Still, we need to continue prayers for an increase in vocations.”

On June 6 at 7 p.m., a Holy Hour for Priestly Vocations will be held at St. Michael’s Cathedral. And a Corpus Christi Procession for Vocations is scheduled for Sunday, June 22 from 12:30 to 3 p.m. in Ludlow.

The June 22 Corpus Christi Procession will begin at Christ the King Parish. A Mass will be celebrated 11:15 a.m. Following Mass, the prayers and procession are scheduled for 12:30 p.m. Participants will walk to St. Elizabeth Parish for a service there and then to Sts. Peter and Paul Ukrainian Church for a brief service. The procession will conclude at Our Lady of Fatima Parish, where a reception will be held. A bus will return people back to Christ the King Parish.  

(Editor’s note: The June 7 ordination Mass will be live-streamed and can be viewed on that day by clicking on the ordination link at