Newly Ordained Priest To Serve Locally

Vermont Catholic/Cori Fugere Urban - Burlington Bishop Christopher Coyne stands in the sanctuary of St. Joseph Cathedral in Burlington after ordaining the Diocese’s two newest priests, Father Robert Little (left) and Kevin Chalifoux (right). Father Little has been assigned to Corpus Christ Parish in St. Johnsbury, Lyndonville and Danville as parochial vicar.

Burlington Bishop Christopher Coyne recently ordained Robert Little as one of the Diocese’s newest priests at St. Joseph Cathedral in Burlington. Father Little has been assigned to Corpus Christ Parish in St. Johnsbury, Lyndonville and Danville as parochial vicar.

In his homily, Bishop Coyne encourage the new priests to serve the Word wisely and worthily especially in the task of preaching. He called on the newly ordained priests to preach with sincerity and to offer words of mercy, encouragement and faith. They must also preach by their actions and give the people they serve a shepherd’s care. “They are entitled to be fed well,” he said.

Little, the son of Samuel and Susan, grew up as a member of St. Mark Parish in Burlington. He earned a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from Providence College and a master of divinity, bachelor of sacred theology, from St. John’s Seminary in Brighton, Massachusetts. In his free time, he likes to golf and spend time with friends.

Acknowledging that this is a difficult time in the Church, Little said that at some point, every seminarian is faced with a choice: leave because it is too difficult or persevere, knowing that it is not all about him but about the one in whose name he ministers. “There will always be challenges and difficulties in ministry,” he said. “The question is: Do you believe that Jesus is the answer to the emptiness felt in every human heart? If the answer is yes, and you sense that God has called you to priesthood, no culture or crisis will ever take away from that call. Jesus did not say it would be easy, He said it would be worth it!”


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