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Bishop Libasci Ordains Three Men to the Priesthood

June 8, 2022

Bishop Peter Libasci Ordains Three Men to the Priesthood

(MANCHESTER, NH) - The Most Reverend Peter A. Libasci, Bishop of Manchester, ordained Reverend Daniel Mikolajewski, Reverend Cuong Van Nguyen, and Reverend Roarke (Rory) Traynor to the priesthood at Saint Joseph Cathedral in Manchester on Saturday, June 4.

Bishop Libasci said, “This year, we can say that God again answered our prayers for priestly vocations for the Diocese of Manchester! And what’s more, one of the three men was born here in New Hampshire, one was born in Poland, and one was born in Vietnam, yet all three said, “I’m called to be a priest for the Church in New Hampshire.” God heard our prayers! We are so grateful to God and the three newly-ordained priests God sent us. God bless and reward them! God poured out his blessings upon the families who raised these men. May God bless the pastors who inspired them, and now, may God bless the people and the diocese who receive them with gratitude and joy.”

Daniel Mikolajewski is the son of Mr. Gregory and Mrs. Barbara Mikolajewski. He grew up in Bydgoszcz, Poland, where he was a member of Saint Nicholas Parish and graduated from Public General High School no. 9. He worked in retail before entering the Major Theological Seminary for the Diocese of Bydgoszcz. He subsequently entered the Novitiate of the Canons Regular of Saint John Cantius in Chicago and was later accepted into the theology program at Saints Cyril & Methodius Seminary in Orchard Lake, Michigan where he has earned a Master of Divinity as well as a Master of Arts in Theology degree. He was vested at ordination by Rev. Robert Slaton from the Archdiocese of Detroit.

Cuong Van Nguyen is the son of Mr. Vy and Mrs. Sinh Nguyen. A parishioner of Ke Gai Parish in the Diocese of Vinh, he grew up in Nghệ An Province, Vietnam, and attended Thai Lau High School. He earned an associate’s degree in philosophy from Saint Joseph Jesuit Scholasticate in Vietnam, and volunteered teaching catechism and English at parishes in Vietnam. He obtained his Master of Divinity degree at Holy Apostles Seminary in Cromwell, Connecticut this year. He was vested at ordination by Rev. John Baptist Van Trong Nguyen from the Diocese of Vinh.

Roarke (Rory) Traynor is the son of Mr. James H. and Mrs. Janice Traynor. A parishioner of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal Parish in Hampton, he grew up in Chester, New Hampshire, and was homeschooled throughout elementary and high school. He worked as an accounting assistant before entering Our Lady of Providence Seminary in Rhode Island, where he earned his bachelor's degree in philosophy from Providence College. He finished his final year in Theology at Saint Meinrad Seminary in Saint Meinrad, Indiana, and earned a Master of Divinity degree. He was vested at ordination by Rev. Maurice R. Larochelle.

The Diocese of Manchester currently has 11 men preparing for the priesthood at seminaries in Providence, Rhode Island; Saint Meinrad, Indiana; and Cromwell, Connecticut. For more information about vocations to the priesthood and religious life, visit www.catholicnh.org/vocations or www.liveinblackandwhite.com.

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(L-R) Rev. Roarke (Rory) Traynor, Rev. Daniel Mikolajewski, Bishop Peter A. Libasci, Rev. Cuong Van Nguyen (Photo by Charlene Graham)


The Diocese of Manchester is the Roman Catholic Church in New Hampshire, serving the needs of nearly 210,000 Catholics. For more information, please visit www.catholicnh.org/overview.