Fr. Carr was serving as the diocesan administrator back when I was hired in 2009. He took a chance on me and I am so grateful that he did. Serving the Diocese of Cheyenne as the Director of Pastoral Ministries and the Superintendent of Catholic Schools has been an immense blessing in my life. I am glad Fr. Carr was willing to give this outsider such a marvelous opportunity. The arrival of Bishop Etienne soon thereafter was another blessing. It has been a good ride here in the beautiful state of Wyoming.
It was announced at the Vocation Club gathering that I will be moving. This was new information for many of the folks in attendance. The appreciation expressed by them after the announcement was very touching. It is humbling to know that my presence has made such a profound difference in the lives of others during these eight and a half years.
Several people mentioned specific homilies that impacted them. That is very meaningful. Knowing that a homily has been remembered for years lets me know that I have been effective in preaching a message with substance, style, and conviction. Preaching should "cut to the heart." I can rest assured that the Holy Spirit has truly been using me as His instrument through my teaching and preaching. I am extremely grateful for such a blessing.
One person mentioned my homily on the Ten Commandments. Another mentioned my homily on the seven capital sins. Finally, another mentioned my homily about the "rubber meeting the road." It has been years since each of those homilies were delivered. Wow! This has renewed my fervor to be diligent in all of my homiletic preparations. It really does make a difference.
My heart continues to be filled with gratitude as I work toward making this major transition in life.