Pastor’s Keyboard: This year I celebrate 15 years in the priesthood (May 25), 9 years as your Pastor, and 22 years as a Catholic. This may come as a surprise to some that I have been ordained almost as long as I have been a Catholic but that’s because I’m a convert. I was raised in my mother’s Episcopal church with influences from my dad’s Baptist church. My grandmothers took turns taking me to their respective churches growing up. Yet I was always drawn to Catholicism and to the priesthood in the Catholic Church. My parents thought it would pass but it grew and by the time I entered Catholic High school it was irresistible.
I converted to Catholicism after months of training in the spring of 1995. Unlike Christmas, Easter moves around due to the movements of the moon. So I’m never sure if the exact day I entered the church but instead I look at Holy Saturday as the anniversary of my entrance into the church, one of the happiest days of my entire life.
I look at every new Easter as a chance to renew my commitment to the Lord and His church, not just in word but by looking at how I can better seek to live it out. I hope this Easter you too will see it as a chance to look at how you can appreciate even more all that Our Lord has done for us and is doing to bring us closer to Himself. This year I will be bringing two young men into the church through Baptism and three young adult college women through the sacrament of confirmation. Please pray for them and for all us priest as we enter into the Easter Season and be assured of my prayers for you and yours.
Your Brother and Father in Christ,