This weekend the archdiocese reflects in a special way on the gift of priesthood as we celebrate the ordination of nine priests. The life of a priest is one of faithfulness, sacrifice, and obedience. We give thanks for these nine men who begin their life of priestly service to God and the people of the archdiocese at this exciting and challenging time. As seminarians, they received training in the Archdiocesan Pastoral Plan, Disciples in Mission to prepare them for the time when they will serve in a parish collaborative.
Phase II of Disciples in Mission will be inaugurated next month when 20 pastors begin serving 43 parishes. In addition to the 43 parishes that make up the Phase II Collaboratives, other parishes will be affected by the transfer of a pastor or parochial vicar. Moving is part of priestly ministry. Pastors, parochial vicars, permanent deacons, and parishioners are well aware that no assignment is forever. Knowing this, however, doesn't mitigate the sadness when a good priest moves on. This can be a time of uncertainty and anxiety.