April 20th, 2017
Some letters are difficult to write. This is one of them.
Come January 1, 2018, I will be stepping down as pastor of Resurrection Parish. I will be in my 80th year and it is time to enter the category of “senior priest,” which means that a priest never “retires” but takes on lesser ministries. This is a most difficult decision because you, the faith community of Resurrection Parish, have been my home for the past thirteen years. I am deeply grateful for your hospitality, your engagement in our parish mission of becoming disciples of Jesus and stewards of God’s gifts, and in your witness to Gospel values.
In January, Father Tim Shillcox, O. Praem., a member of the Norbertine community (our neighbors) will be installed as your pastor. Fr. Tim has just finished twelve years of service at Our Lady of Lourdes in West DePere. I know that he will receive a warm welcome from everyone.
“Senior priests,” health and energy permitting, are often assigned as priest celebrants (a.k.a., sacramental ministers) in parishes that have no resident priest. As of now, I am expecting to be given that responsibility which involves only celebrating the sacraments with no administrative duties. I will still be living in the Green Bay area so I will be bumping into you at Austins, Barnes and Noble, and Zesty’s (both east and west of Res).
Thank you for your friendship.