A year ago, I arrived to begin my ministry with you as your pastor. The last twelve months have gone by quickly. I wanted to spend this first year in getting to know you, experiencing the events that have become part of your traditions, and seeking the guidance of the Holy Spirit. I appreciate so much living and working with Bro. Phil and Fr. Jeremy. I could not ask for a better setting for fraternal living and ministry.
During these months of listening and observing, I was influenced by Pope Francis' Church priorities, especially those in his apostolic exhortation, "The Joy of the Gospel." He is urging the Church to regain its missionary roots and become comfortable again proclaiming the gospel to our world.
Last week the Pastoral Council supported my request that our parish begin a special renewal program called Christlife which is being promoted by the Archdiocese. This program helps parishes form small groups with a specific focus on three topics: Discovering Christ, Following Christ, Sharing Christ. There is a lot of work to be done before we can actually implement it. I think this program has great potential for our parish, and I will be continuing to speak about it in the weeks ahead.