A new Rector for the National Shrine of The Divine Mercy

The National Shrine of The Divine Mercy in Stockbridge, Massachusetts, has a new Rector: Fr. Matthew Tomeny, MIC.

A native of Florida, Fr. Matthew, 28, was ordained to the priesthood last year, and had been serving at St. Patrick Parish in Yorkville, Illinois, and St. Mary Parish in Plano, Illinois. He is a lieutenant (junior grade) in the U.S. Naval Reserve, and in a few years will be called to active duty as a chaplain in the U.S. Navy.

Father Matthew succeeds Fr. Anthony Gramlich, MIC, who now serves as Vice-Rector of Shrine Liturgy. Father Robert Vennetti, MIC, is the Vice-Rector of Shrine Events.

Shrine mission
"Although I’ll miss the parishes and school in Illinois, I’m happy to be part of the National Shrine’s mission of sharing the Divine Mercy message and devotion," says Fr. Matthew. "With my term taking place during the USCCB’s three-year National Eucharistic Revival, I’m excited to have the National Shrine take part in fostering a greater love of our Merciful Lord present in the Most Holy Eucharist."

"I look forward to meeting many pilgrims from all walks of life and places," Fr. Matthew adds, "and hearing their experience of Jesus, the Divine Mercy."

“We’re excited to welcome Fr. Matthew back to Eden Hill,” says the Very Rev. Chris Alar, MIC, interim Provincial Superior and the Director of the Association of Marian Helpers ("Fr. Joseph"). “His youthful enthusiasm and love of the Eucharist will enhance the pastoral care we offer to pilgrims from all over the world, who visit the National Shrine to experience God’s loving mercy.”

For more information on The National Shrine of the Divine Mercy and to plan a visit, call (413) 298-3931 or visit ShrineofDivineMercy.org
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