For the past several months, after much thought, prayer and consultation with Sister Fran and my congregational leadership team, I have made a personal decision not to renew my contract which ends on June 30, 2006 so that I might begin a sabbatical year for personal and spiritual renewal.
This has been a very difficult and painful decision to make on so many levels. I will dearly miss the rich ministry I have been privileged to share with you. You have been a warm, welcoming home to me for 12 phenomenal years. Leaving my colleagues with whom I have worked so closely is heartbreaking indeed. And it is even more difficult to leave now knowing what a joy it would be to work with Fr. John and Fr. Joe, two of the finest priests of the archdiocese. However I am confident that the community will thrive with their leadership, and that of the pastoral staff, Parish Council, and Finance Council. Fr. John and Fr. Joe are supportive and understanding of my decision. For this I am deeply grateful.
Most sisters take sabbatical time around their 25th year in ministry. This year I celebrate 45 years in parish ministry. I think I have a lot of catching up to do!
On Sunday, May 21st after the 10:00am Mass I will have an opportunity to thank each of you more personally and to say farewell. The following weekend I will be in Ontario for a congregational assembly.
During the month of June I will take my vacation time to prepare for sabbatical but will return on June 18th for Alan Yost's Mass of Thanksgiving. Alan will be ordained to the priesthood on June 3rd in Oregon. I am fully aware of how difficult it has been for us to see so many staff members leave.
As hard as this is, it is time to allow the past to bless us and to confidently move forward with hope in the future we will be creating each day. Know that I will always carry you in my heart and in my prayers. ~ Sister Marie
A fond farewell indeed.
What are they down to over there? Kessler and Buffoone?
(Incidently, Kessler has retired from his Child/Adult condom/partner initiative.)