All are invited to the priestly ordination of Deacon Nicholas Tocco at St. James Cathedral on May 28, at 10:00 a.m.
Deacon Tocco was born in New York and at the age of four his family moved to Florida and they joined Annunciation Catholic Church in Altamonte Springs. Deacon Tocco graduated from Lake Brantley High School in 2002 and entered the University of Florida, but he soon began to question the direction his life was taking.
“I was born and raised Catholic but then I left the Church in high school,” said Deacon Tocco. “Basically I had a big conversion in college. It was my first year at University of Florida and I was doing a pre-med program and I fell in love with the Lord. Reading the words of Christ struck me in such a way that I knew if anything was true–this was true.”
By 2003 Deacon Tocco left UF and enrolled at St. John Vianney College Seminary in Miami, where he graduated in 2006. On May 12, Deacon Tocco graduated from St. Vincent de Paul Regional Seminary in Boynton Beach.
“Every day is such a precious gift. I’m constantly being overwhelmed by the beauty and glory of God every day,” said Deacon Tocco. “I cannot wait to really give myself in love as a priest.”
As a Roman Catholic priest, Deacon Tocco will be immersed in a life of service to God’s people, delivering homilies, performing baptisms, presiding at marriages, hearing confessions, granting absolutions, anointing the sick, and celebrating the Mass as part of his regular ministry.