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January 19, 2013

Methuen, Haverhill men studying for priesthood


Hocurscak had always been religious, attending Mass weekly, serving as an altar boy along with his two brothers.

In college, he was a lector and Eucharistic minister. When he moved to Haverhill, he joined Sacred Hearts parish where he was also a lector and Eucharistic minister.

Hocurscak will be ordained a transitional deacon and priest next year.

“I look forward to helping people rediscover God in their lives,” he said.

Hocurscak finds adoration to the Eucharist a way to get closer to God.

“Being in the presence of Christ and praying before him, helps me keep in mind what’s most important,” he said.

During his spare time, Hocurscak enjoys hiking and making wine, preferably white.

“My background in chemistry helps me make wine better; it fits in with my natural skills.”

Hocurscak considers the Holy Family — Mary, Joseph and Jesus — as his role models in the faith.

“The Blessed Virgin is the mother of Jesus, but beyond that, she’s known for leading people to her son. By relying in her intercession, we hope we know she will intercede for us to be closer to Christ,” he said.

“St. Joseph is the patron of workers and the patron of chastity as well. He wasn’t a priest, but he lived the same values as a priest has to live. He provides a very good example for us seminarians.”

Church listings

Christ Church, 25 Central St., Andover: Convivium Musicum, a Boston-based Renaissance Choir of 20 singers, performs a concert of early music and works by Johannes Brahms, Jan. 20 at 4 p.m. Michael Barrett is conductor. The James Thompson Brass Quintet performs a brass and organ concert Jan. 26 at 7 p.m. Barbara Bruns plays the C.B. Fisk organ. Suggested donation is $15 for adults; $10 children and senior citizens.

Congregation Beth Israel, 501 S. Main St., Andover: Students help lead Kabbalat Shabbat services Jan. 25 with blessings, songs, and food. Dinner begins at 6 p.m., followed by services.

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