In today's bulletin (June 10, 2018), I was formally introduced to the parish. You can read that introduction on the bottom of page 2 of the bulletin. Click on the link below to get to the home page. Then scroll down just a little and click on the June 10 bulletin.
I am extremely grateful to the pastor, Fr. Mike, for giving me this opportunity to minister in this vibrant faith community. I am excited to begin meeting the parishioners and start building relationships. I congratulate Mitzi on her retirement. After all your years of dedicated service to the parish, it is my intent to continue building on the good work you have done. Thank you for your hospitality to my family while we were in town. Your kindness and generosity is truly appreciated.
To the parishioners--I know some of you have started reading my blog already. Welcome! It is good to have you here. Please know that I come to your parish with zeal, energy, and hope. A vibrant faith community is a tremendous blessing to us all. I assure you that I will do my part to be a positive influence on all that we do in the parish and the school to maintain and build upon all of the good work already in place. I look forward to working side by side with you as we strive to build the Kingdom of God.
To my Wyoming connections--I had the pleasure to see many of you at the priest ordinations on Friday. Thank you for your many kind words and expressions of gratitude for my work during these almost nine years. It has been a blessing for me to minister all across the beautiful state of Wyoming. The people of this vast diocese have touched my heart immensely. You have made me a better person and a better deacon. I thank you for your prayers and for everything you have done to help me during all these years. May God bless you for your faithfulness in building up the Kingdom.
Finally, there is still some work to be done here, and plenty of packing to do. In the midst of it all I am eagerly anticipating my arrival in Hilton Head. If all goes as planned, I am scheduled to preach at the weekend Masses on June 30 and July 1 at St. Francis by the Sea. I am always excited at the opportunity to proclaim God's Word at Mass through both the reading of the Gospel and preaching the homily. This will be the 35th church where I have had the privilege of preaching. I never imagined what God had in store for my ministry when I was ordained a deacon back in 1999. It has been an amazing adventure, and I am thrilled at the new chapter about to begin.
St. Francis--pray for us!