Dear Friends in Christ,
Archbishop Vigneron has asked me to take on an additional responsibility as I continue here at St. Paul as pastor. Our neighboring parish, St. Isaac Jogues in St. Clair Shores is in leadership transition. Fr. Darrell Roman (who was a student at Bishop Borgess High School when I served as chaplain) has resigned for personal reasons. I commend Father to your prayers.
I will serve as what’s called the Temporary Administrator until a new pastor is named and assumes his role July 1. Fr. Bryan Shackett, who served here at St. Paul for 3 months before returning to complete his studies in Rome, is the Associate Pastor. I intend to have him play a major role in St. Isaac’s pastoral care.
What does that mean? I will be responsible for helping the parish through these transitional weeks, helping keep things together. It’ll mean a few more meetings with their staff, reviewing bank statements, and helping how and where I am can.
Of course this means limited time away for here. You may recall I’ve had responsibilities in the past which demanded my time and energy (serving as Ecumenical and Interfaith Officer under Cardinal Maida when I first arrived, and serving as Vicar for Clergy and Consecrated Life for a period after Archbishop Vigneron arrived).
Why would I say yes to this? I believe that a priest should be willing to serve the larger Church when asked, on a committee or the Presbyteral Council. I led the Clergy Committee which helped prepare for Synod 16. It comes with being a member of the Body of Christ. I believe this is what the Lord Jesus whom we all serve, wants me to do.
Practically, I’ll spend parts of a couple of hours mornings or afternoons at St. Isaac’s through the end of June.
You will continue to be able to reach me at the parish phone numbers, (day: 885-8855 or evening: 884-8760). I’ll continue to pray for you daily. Please pray for me daily, and for our sisters and brothers at St. Isaac Jogues.
In Christ’s love,
Msgr. Pat Halfpenny