Centennial Anniversary Medal Presented to Fr. Steven Grozio, CM at Celebration Mass
On Saturday, March 19, Fr. Steven Grozio, CM, provincial of the Eastern Province, represented the Vincentians at the Centennial Celebration Mass and Reception of the Missionary Servants of the Most Holy Trinity at the former site of their seminary in Silver Springs, Maryland. His Excellency Archbishop Christophe Pierre, Apostolic Nuncio to the United States, was the main celebrant, and the Custodian General, Very Rev. Michael K. Barth, S.T., and the General Council were the main concelebrants. Fr. Domingo Rodriguez, S.T., a former Custodian General was the homilist. It was quite a reunion for the Trinitarians. All the branches of the Missionary Cenacle Family participated, and one group which particularly enjoyed the event, were former seminarians and their spouses who were able to spend a long weekend reminiscing together.
Vincentian missionary, Fr. Thomas A. Judge, C.M., founded the Trinitarians, and many of them expressed gratitude to the Vincentians for the gift he was to them. The main chalice used for the Liturgy belonged to Fr. Judge. It was given to him by his mother at his ordination on May 27, 1899.
After Communion, Fr. Barth presented Centennial Anniversary Medals to Archbishop Pierre, the Trinitarian Sisters (Missionary Servants of the Most Blessed Trinity), the Capuchins, and to the Vincentians. The inscription for the Vincentian medal reads, “In gratitude for the gift of Thomas Augustine Judge, CM, Founder and his charism to preserve the faith, in areas and among people who are spiritually neglected and abandoned, especially the poor.” The gift is now hanging on the first floor of St. Vincent’s Seminary in Germantown, PA.