James DiVasto

Home City: Stamford, CT

Home Parish: St. Clement, Stamford

 

I was born and raised in Stamford, CT where I lived with my parents and by two brothers.  After attending Rippowam HS I went to St. Anselm College in Manchester, NH where I studied philosophy.  I thought about the priesthood at the end of college so I applied to the Diocese of Bridgeport and started priestly formation as a seminarian at Theological College in Washington, DC.  I decided during my second semester to leave seminary and within a couple of years I got married, and had three children, while living in the New Haven area.  I worked for the Knights of Columbus for 37 years until the spring of 2018.  During that last year of my employment with the Knights, several friends of mine remarked that they thought I would make a good priest. I'd always gone to daily Mass, but my prayer life deepened significantly around 2007.  I became involved in the Fraternity of Communion & Liberation, which meets regularly at St. Mary's Church in New Haven, and I eventually started attending vespers and Sunday Office of Readings at the Monastery of the Glorious Cross in Branford. The idea of the priesthood had floated into my mind a couple of times since my days in seminary.  After leaving the Knights I started thinking about it more seriously.  My children were grown, and I was not married.  I began to pray about it and was struck with a heartfelt thought: "Has Jesus always desired, but now is His time for me to accept the gift of following Him as a priest?  Is this crazy?"  But reflecting on this as a possibility, I felt the consoling love of Christ.  So I decided to call the Vocation Director and in the fall of 2018 Bishop Caggiano accepted me to the formation program.  So here I am.  Thanks be to God.