A Dream Comes True.

Ten years ago Deacon Paul Makar of Assumption Church in Perth Amboy, NJ began studies at the Immaculate Conception Seminary School of Theology at Seton Hall University in South Orange, NJ for a Masters degree in Pastoral Ministry. Unfortunately, his studies were interrupted after he was diagnosed with MS. For several years he had problems walking. However, two years ago just before retiring he decided to visit the Seminary and see how many courses that… he would need to meet the 49 credits required to complete the program. He needed five course plus one unit of CPE (Clinical Pastoral Education). On May 12th graduation ceremonies were held at the Archdiocese of Newark’s Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception and Deacon Paul received a Master of Arts degree in Pastoral Ministry. This is Deacon Paul’s third Masters Degree. He has a MA in Dogmatic Theology, MBA in Marketing, and now MAPM. Deacon Paul is very grateful for the graces that he received from our Lord God Savior Jesus Christ and guidance from the Holy Spirit during his scholastic journey. Also, for the support and encouragement that he received from his wife Anna, pastor Fr. Ivan Turyk, and oldest son Fr. Paul J. Makar enabled him to follow his dream and to make it come true. What’s next? He recently began volunteering as a Hospice chaplain. Congratulations Deacon Paul! Your accomplishment is well deserved!