New Priest for the Diocese of Toledo06.07.17
Bishop Daniel E. Thomas ordained Rev. Mr. Anthony J. Coci to the priesthood for the Diocese of Toledo on Saturday, May 27 at Our Lady, Queen of the Most Holy Rosary Cathedral in Toledo, OH.
Father Coci is from Christ the King Parish in Toledo, OH. He is a 2005 graduate of Toledo Central Catholic High School and went on to earn a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Loyola University in Chicago and a Master of Divinity and Master of Arts in Theology from Mount St. Mary’s Seminary of the West / The Athenaeum of Ohio.
He served his pastoral internship at St. John the Evangelist Parish in Delphos, OH, and his summer assignments have included work at St. Mary Parish, Defiance, OH; Probigua Spanish School, Antigua, Guatemala; Hispanic Migrant Ministry, Fremont, OH; and Clinical Pastoral Education at Good Samaritan Hospital, Cincinnati.1
Q & A with Anthony Coci prior to his Ordination The Catholic Telegraph, May 9, 2017
What led you to pursue the priesthood?
“God asked me and I responded in kind. In the beginning, I ran away from my calling, entered the seminary twice, and the final time I stayed. I have never regretted the decision and I am the happiest I have ever been. I love the Lord.”
What message would you offer to those who want to serve God but do not know how?
“Ask a priest or religious how you can get involved and serve.”
What are some of your thoughts about beginning priestly life?
“I’m ready for the adventure ahead!”
What advice would you offer about discerning a vocation?
“Take a risk and join the seminary for a year. Duc inaltum!”
Congratulations Fr. Coci!
Click the following link to see a photo gallery of the Mass of ordination to the priesthood at Our Lady, Queen of the Most Holy Rosary Cathedral in Toledo, OH http://www.mtsm.org/PhotoGalleries/PhotoGallery56.aspx
Text Credit: 1 Diocese of Toledo, http://toledodiocese.org.
Photos provided by the Diocese of Toledo – Scott Grau Photography.
Pictured: Fr. Benedict O’Cinnsealaigh with Rev. Mr. Anthony Coci during the laying on of hands.