Brendan Blawie

Home Town: Newtown, CT

Home Parish: St. Rose of Lima

I never planned on being a priest, as a young boy growing up in the Church. I had too many other plans and ideas for my life. I grew into my faith as a young man. I knew the true joy and freedom that came at the other end of surrendering my entire life to Christ and His Church.  But I still had my goals and career plans that didn't include the priesthood. Ever since I was little I wanted to be an Officer in the Marines. So with that end in mind, I went off to college and enrolled in ROTC.  While studying at Franciscan University, I attended Officer's Candidate School for the U.S. Marine Corps at Quantico, VA. During my time there I was challenged physically, mentally, and spiritually.

Through the grace of God I graduated and was expecting to be commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant. With much prayer and discernment, however, I began to realize that this was not actually where I was being led or called and was therefore not at peace. It was difficult and a bit of a shock to realize this dream and goal that I had for many years was, in reality, not really the will of the Lord but my own.  It forced me to look deeply at myself and reevaluate how God was calling me to be a saint - since that is our first vocation. Instead of finishing college as a military officer, I finished as a seminarian. 

I want to place myself on the Cross every single day as I strive to serve our Diocese. It is an incredibly humbling and rewarding experience and, Lord willing, I look forward to a life of priestly ministry.