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Awesome: Retired FDNY Captain Ordained a Priest


Deacon Greg Kandra - published on 05/31/16

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He’s now a first responder for the man upstairs. Retired FDNY Captain Tom Colucci saw his longtime dream of becoming a Catholic priest realized Saturday when he was ordained during a special ceremony at St. Patrick’s Cathedral. “God’s been very good to me,” a humble Father Colucci said following the service officiated by Timothy Cardinal Dolan. “I’m most excited about working with the people and bringing them to God.” Firefighters from Colucci’s past FDNY assignments in the Bronx, Chelsea and Hell’s Kitchen were on hand to cheer him on as he took his vows. Several times during the service, Colucci turned and shot firefighters a thumbs up. As he exited the church, he was met by bagpipers from the FDNY Pipe and Drums band and a brightly polished fire engine to bless. “He was a leader of men and now he’s going to be a leader in the church,” retired Firefighter Tom Kelly, who attended the celebration, said. “We’re very proud of him.

He has a remarkable vocation story. Read the rest.

God bless him. Ad multos annos!

Photo: Jefferson Siegel/New York Daily News

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