New priests were to be ordained to the Diocese of Bridgeport on Saturday, including Father Robert L. Wolfe, of Shelton.
Wolfe, 25, grew up in Shelton where his parents Robert and Pamela and his brother Nicklaus are still active members of St. Joseph Parish.
He graduated from St. Joseph School in 2002 and received the Louis V. Gerstner Scholarship to St. Joseph High School in Trumbull, graduating in 2006.
He entered St. John Fisher in September of that year, and graduated from Sacred Heart University in Fairfield in 2010, where he was a member of the Delta Epsilon Sigma National Honor Society.
Wolfe has been in formation for the priesthood at the Pontifical North American College in Rome since 2010.
After completing three years of studies at the Pontifical Gregorian University, he enrolled in the licentiate program at the Pontifical Athenaeum of St. Anselm, to which he will return this fall for his final year of studies.
First Mass to be at St. Joseph’s
Father Wolfe will celebrate his first Mass at St. Joseph’s on Sunday, May 18 at 2 p.m. Father Joseph Marcello, priest secretary to Archbishop William E. Lori of the Archdiocese of Baltimore (Lori is the former bishop of the Diocese of Bridgeport), will be the homilist.
Father Marcello both served as assistant director of vocations in this diocese and was spiritual director of St. Joseph High School during Wolfe’s time there as a student.
“I first thought about the possibility of priesthood when I was only eight years old,” Wolfe said. “I became an altar server not long after that. I can truly say that I consider this time spent growing up around the altar and the Mass as the source of my priestly vocation.
“During my freshman year at St. Joseph’s High School,” he continued, “as I continued to discern the Lord’s will for my life, I became convinced that I was, in fact, being called to priesthood. Twelve years of education, formation, conversation, and spiritual growth have brought me to this great day and I have nothing but gratitude and joy in my heart for the many graces that God, in his abundant mercy, has given me throughout these years of preparation
“I rejoice in the mercy and the love of God and look forward to the many wondrous things he has in store for me in my priesthood,” Wolfe said.