Trumbull man ordained to the priesthood

A Trumbull man was among seven men who were ordained to the priesthood for the Diocese of Bridgeport on May 25.

Bishop Christie Macaluso, auxiliary bishop and vicar general of the Archdiocese of Hartford was the ordaining bishop at the ordination, which took place at St. Theresa Church in Trumbull.

The new priests are: Fr. Juan Acosta of Westport, Fr. John Connaughton of Trumbull, Fr. Joseph Gill of Bethel, Fr. Matthew Krankall of Monroe, Fr. Krzysztof Kuczynski of Monroe, Fr. Damian Pielesz of Brookfield and Fr. Ralph Segura of Norwalk.

Among the men to be ordained are an attorney, a former medical students and assistant pathologies, a Polish TV broadcaster, truck driver, and Eagle Scout and musician.

It takes a long time to prepare and form a priest,” says Msgr. Kevin Royal, diocesan director of clergy personnel. “But from their earliest days in seminary, we knew these men came to us with a strong sense that the Lord was calling them. They will be a great blessing in the parishes for the people they’ll serve.”

Fr. John Connaughton, 37, was born in Manhassett, NY. He grew up in Trumbull, where his parents John and Anne Connaughton are still members of St. Theresa Parish. The only boy in a family of four children, he attended St. Theresa Elementary School. He is one of three men being ordained this year who graduated from St. Joseph High School in Trumbull. After earning a bachelor's from the University of Dallas in Irving, Texas, he worked for several years as an internal sales representative for Alliance-Forest Products in Stamford and later worked for the State of Connecticut Judicial Branch in Bridgeport and Hartford, while studying at the University of Connecticut School of Law at night. A year after finishing law school he entered St. John Fisher Seminary in Stamford in the fall of 2008.

He completed his seminary studies while residing at the Pontifical North American College in Rome.

Connaughton worked as an intern for the diocesan Communications Office in 2011, and was a media relations assistant for the North American College in Rome. His experience of the night Pope Francis was elected appeared in the April issue of Fairfield County Catholic.

Fr. Connaughton will celebrated his first Mass at St. Theresa's on May 26. His uncle, Msgr. Lawrence Connaughton of the Archdiocese of New York, was slated to give the homily.

“God is always surprising us. There were many years when I thought life as a priest could never make me happy. But I was so wrong,” Fr. Connaughton said. “The thing I thought I could never want has become my heart’s desire. I am deeply grateful to Our Lord for the gift of my vocation and for the grace he gave me to finally respond to his tuggings on my heart. I ask the people of the Diocese of Bridgeport to pray for me and the men with whom I will be ordained, that we might serve you worthily as holy, humble, and happy servants of Christ.”

Father Matthew Krankall and Father Krzystof Kuczynski are also St. Joseph High School alums.