2 enter priesthood in Manchester
The men were ordained as Roman Catholic priests by Bishop Peter Libasci at St. Joseph Cathedral in Manchester. By coincidence, the both had attended but otherwise, their paths to the priesthood were quite different.
For Michael Zgonc, the second time was the charm.
Zgonc, 31, felt called to the priesthood back in 2005, but balked at his first attempt to heed the message.
"I left seminary after orientation," he said last week in an interview in Portsmouth. "It was too much, too soon."
"We started having conversations once a week or once every other week, and I finally got the courage to go to seminary," said Zgonc.
"I went to my brother's wedding back in Ohio, and at that time, nobody in my family was really married yet, and I expected to go there and think, 'That's me going to be me up there someday.' But the biggest feeling I got was really how nice it was seeing them doing what God was calling them to do," said Zgonc. "I started thinking, 'Why am I not doing what God's calling me to do? Why am I dragging me feet?' It was then that I decided to stop living in limbo."
Belliveau said Zgonc's approach of being among the people and not above them is reflective of the direction Pope Francis is guiding the Roman Catholic Church.
Zgonc was vested at ordination by Belliveau and will celebrate a Mass of Thanksgiving at Immaculate Conception Church in Portsmouth at 2 p.m. today.
Father PaveglioJeffrey Paveglio was a freshman at the University of New Hampshire when he felt God's hand.
"There really wasn't any one big event or anything that led me to the priesthood," he said. "Ultimately, I was just going to Mass and just felt drawn by the Eucharist. I started going to the Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration chapel in (at Immaculate Heart of Mary) in Concord ... and it was in front of the Blessed Sacrament that I felt called to the priesthood, so I can bring the Eucharist to people and bring people to the Eucharist."
Paveglio was commissioned in the Army National Guard after he graduated from UNH with a bachelor's degree in political science and has been serving in the New Hampshire Army National Guard since. His current rank is 1st lieutenant, and he's a chaplain candidate within the Guard.
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