In church yesterday (Sunday) I made the following announcement, and wanted to make sure all had a chance to read it or view it as it is pertinent to changes that will soon be upon us here at St. Ignatius. To view video of the announcement, click here, or read announcement below.
"I have an important announcement for the parish that will come as a surprise and maybe a shock.
We have walked together these last seven years. I’ve given you every bit of my energy and my love. I have never worked harder or enjoyed it more.
One of the creative tensions Jesuits live with is absolute commitment to the mission he is given and absolute detachment and availability for a different mission.
From the 1st day, a parish isn’t yours. It belongs to the community and your job is to nurture and guide it so that it can thrive when you leave it.
Well, that time has come. Fr. Provincial has appointed me to be his assistant for the 18 Jesuit parishes in our province from Maine to Georgia. He is counting on my three stints as a pastor and my many years in province governance to be useful.
We are still going to have some time together. My last Sunday with you will be St. Ignatius Day at the end of July.
I’ll be visiting every parish in the province every year, so you will still see me around, but it’s going to be very hard to move from being your pastor and working with Fr. Watters on the new school to visiting once a year.
The good news is that the archbishop has accepted the provincial’s nomination of Fr. Brian Frain, SJ as my successor. You will be learning more about him in the coming weeks and you will meet him on St. Ignatius Day.
He is not and EYE-talian, but you’re going to love his dedication, warmth, and Irish wit. His main hobby is Irish dancing and music. There is a wee bit of the leprechaun about him.
Brian is 58 years old, has a doctorate in education and is currently the Director of the Thomas Moore Center for Catholic Thought and Culture at Rockhurst University in Kansas City. He has taught at every level except pre-school and had several international assignments. His special focus is on the education of students most in need.
I’ll share more details with you as they become available. I look forward to having this month to grieve, say good-bye and prepare for a new chapter both in my life and the life of the parish. God bless us. Everyone."