The Sacred Scriptures remind us that much in life is temporary:
“For everything there is a season,
And a time for every matter under heaven:
A time to be born – and a time to die...
A time to weep – and a time to laugh...
A time to embrace – and a time to refrain from embracing...
A time to keep silence – and a time to speak...
A time for war – and a time for peace.”
So too, there is a time to arrive at Saint Mary’s – and there is a time to leave Saint Mary’s.
I arrived at Saint Mary’s in 1994. It has been a privilege and a joy to serve as your priest – so much so that two years ago I postponed retirement to continue serving.
I have been blessed with a body that has been serving me well for nearly 72 years – for which I am very grateful to God – but good health is temporary. The years are taking a toll and my health is declining – to the point that my aging body is diminishing my capacity to serve – so I write this letter to share with you my decision to retire from active ministry this summer.
What happens now?
I anticipate that Bishop McClory and the Priest Personnel Board will soon begin a discernment process – seeking God’s Holy Spirit to inspire them – with a view to identifying a priest to begin serving you at Saint Mary’s in July.
Some of you may recall an occasion years ago when I expressed my view that priests come and go – but what is most important is not the priest – what is most important is the One who does not come and go: Our Lord – always here for us and always available to us.
Inspired by Our Blessed Mother, let’s pray that all of us – disciples on the journey back to God – will always remain available to Him.