After this weekend, I will leave my first assignment as a priest and move to a new one.
This has proven to be a lot harder and more painful than I would have imagined going into it. Life at St. Mary's parish (and St. Mary's Central), along with being the chaplain to St. John Central High School has effected me in ways I never anticipated.
Because my new assignment is so close to wear I grew up, the most common comment I hear from people here is, "at least you'll be close to your family." It's true, that is a great benefit that I am looking forward to; however, I do feel like I am leaving some family here as well.
The people of this parish and these schools have welcomed me into their homes and their lives. They've treated me like family and that is something I will never forget.
Fr. Chillog has welcomed me as a housemate and taught me so much about what it means to be a priest.
My priesthood will be forever shaped by the four years I've spent here and I can't thank all of you enough.
I love you. I'll miss you. And I'll pray for you.
We will always be connected in Jesus. That love never ends.