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“It was not you who chose me, but I who chose you” -John 15:16

Meet Mike Bradica, who was ordained by Bishop John Noonan on Saturday, June 11th at the Basilica of the National Shrine of Mary, Queen of the Universe.  May the Lord guide your journey.  

Mike will be serving and preaching his first Masses at 8 AM and 10 AM on Sunday, June 12th here at Most Precious Blood. Hope you can celebrate with us!

Sunday, June 12, 2022, 8 AM
Deacon Mike Bradica’s First Mass 
The Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity

Sunday, June 12, 2022, 10 AM
The Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity
Father Josh Swallows & Deacon Mike Bradica

Hello MPB family,
I am excited about my Ordination to the Permanent Diaconate on Saturday, June 11th. To do God’s will is the greatest accomplishment we can achieve in our lives. I’m greatly humbled by His calling for me to lay down my life in service for His Church. The restoration of the Permanent Diaconate by the Church after the Second Vatican Council is an ancient and yet relatively new ministry. Permanent Deacons are called to be both in the world and at service to the Church at the same time. Because of this, they are often confused with the priests, especially when clothed in vestments and serving at the sacrifice of the mass. However, outside of Mass, they are called to live in service to the Church alongside the laity, serving their families, in their workplace, and in the community.
I would like to extend a special thank you to you my Parish family, especially for your prayers and support over the past six years of discernment and formation. My official journey to the Permanent Diaconate started in 2015 when Fr. David invited me to consider exploring a call to the Permanent Diaconate, but I believe God has been preparing me to serve Him my whole life.
I grew up in Venice, FL, and along with my sister, attending Epiphany Cathedral Parish and School. I will be forever grateful for the example of faith and service that my parents and grandparents passed on to me. I attended UCF for college where my personal relationship with Jesus was nurtured, tested, and strengthened.
I received my master’s degree in Theological Studies in 2009 from Ave Maria University. During that time, Fr. Josh invited me to lead the Men’s Group at Catholic Campus Ministry at UCF from 2005 until 2015. I am excited to, once again, serve alongside Fr. Josh serving you, my parish family, Catholic Campus Ministry, and the Oviedo community.
I have been married to my wife Nicole for 15 years now and Most Precious Blood has been our home parish since its inception. We have 5 children: Margaret, Sarah, Joshua, Hannah, and Matthew of which you have probably seen much of running around the Parish campus. The past six years of Formation have truly been a blessing to my marriage, family, and my interior life.
I own a custom software consulting business and a custom UAV (drone) business. I love solving difficult and complex problems with creative solutions and am constantly learning and implementing new skills. I have a deep love for sports, the outdoors, and God’s creation. Especially fishing! I’ll do my best not to have too many fishing stories in my homilies as I know Fr. Josh shares that love too.
As we walk this faith journey together, know that you, my parish family, have been and will continue to be daily in my prayers. May God pour out His abundant grace and blessings on us all, illuminate His will for us, and more perfectly conform each of us to His son Jesus Christ.
                                           -Mike Bradica

 Join us as we share with the Bradica family, and our whole parish community the ordination of our parishioner, Mike Bradica, and 17 other faithful men from the Diocese of Orlando into the Permanent Diaconate. May God bless their vocation and their faith journey.

Mike Bradica was instituted as an Acolyte, on October 2, 2021, at Holy Family Catholic Church.  This was the final step before his ordination to the Sacred Diaconate on June 11, 2022.

Click here to meet our Future Deacons for the Diocese of Orlando.

What is the difference between a vocation and a job or career?

 This week Father Joshua Swallows, vocations director for the Diocese of Orlando, director of UCF Catholic Campus Ministry, and Parochial Administrator of Most Precious Blood in Oviedo, responds to…

What is the difference between a vocation and a job or career?

We can gain immediate insight into this question by simply looking at the origins of the term “vocation”.  Vocation comes from the Latin vocare, which is “to call”.  It is a calling and therefore is born out of a relationship with God. Saint Pope John Paul II highlights this distinction in his work, On the Meaning of Vocation: “In the hidden recesses of the human heart, the grace of a vocation takes the form of a dialogue. It is a dialogue between Christ and an individual, in which a personal invitation is given. Christ calls the person by name and says: ‘Come, follow me.’ This call, this mysterious inner voice of Christ, is heard most clearly in silence and prayer. Its acceptance is an act of faith.”

A career or job may certainly be part of one’s vocation, but can only be authentically described this way if it has become part of surrendering one’s life to the Lord. In reading the writings from the saints, we see that vocation encompasses the whole answer to the question of why am I alive? That answer is found when we surrender in prayer as Christ taught us, saying to the Father, “Thy Will be done,” and mean it!

In short, a vocation is a mission from God. Each and every one of us has one, but we must be humble and listen in prayer. Another way of describing the difference between a vocation and a career is to say that a vocation is not simply chosen, (like we do with a career or job), but also something received. As we discern the Will of God for our lives, may we be truly open to God speaking a response to our heart.

Source- Diocese of Orlando  May 26, 2022

Prayer for Vocations

Loving and Generous God,
it is You who call us by name
and ask us to follow You.
Help us to grow in the Love
and Service of our Church
as we experience it today.

Give us the energy and courage
of Your Spirit to shape its future

Grant us faith-filled leaders
who will embrace Christ’s Mission
of love and justice.

Bless Most Precious Blood Catholic Church
by raising up dedicated and generous leaders
from our families and friends
who will serve Your people as Sisters,
Priests, Brothers, Deacons and Lay Ministers.

Inspire us to know You better
and open our hearts
to hear Your call.

We ask this through our Lord.

Source- USCCB