With the arrival of the Easter Season and the “promised” warmer weather of Spring, I think we all begin to cleanup and throw out the ravages of the long winter months. This week that process will hit home for me. The extraordinary parish family of Saint Mary will put me out on Friday as it welcomes a new and permanent Pastoral Administrator, Father Richard Erikson.
On my part I will be forever grateful for the opportunity Cardinal Sean gave me to come to know the many, many talented and energetic people that work so hard to make this parish warm, welcoming and effective. This loving community will be in my heart forever.
For you folks, this week will be yet another of the way too many transitions. The wonderful thing this time, though, is that Father Erikson’s appointment is not interim. You have him, please God, for the long term. I know him to be a person with many talents and skills. In addition, he has had a wide range of very successful experiences: Pastoral ministry, academic learning and teaching, military leadership and Archdiocesan leadership. When I have observed life here, my old “pastor’s eye” has seen a multitude of building issues that will need fixing. There are also vital ministries that have faded as the years have gone by. There is no doubt in my mind that the new “Father Rich” will tackle these with his bright mind and youthful energy. I am sure he will receive your generous cooperation in facing the future.
When I see all the bright and happy faces of the over one thousand children in our school and faith formation program, I know how important it is to have a unified and energized parish ministry for them now but even more so for their future. To make this happen for them, may we in the words of Saint Paul and in the spirit of tomorrow’s Boston Marathon, be able to say “I have fought the good fight, I have run the race, I have received the prize.”
My thanks go out to each staff person, ministry leader, and parishioner. You all have made my stay with you a wonderful experience.
Gratefully in God’s love,