As you may be aware, Bishop Boyea asked Fr. Anthony to become the parish administrator at St. Isidore and Holy Family in Laingsburg and Ovid. Fr. Anthony said yes. This means Fr. Anthony’s time with us is drawing to a close. His last weekend here will be June 27. We (I, at least!) am sad to see him go but happy for the people of Laingsburg and Ovid and for Fr. Anthony, as he will be stepping into the role of leading this parish. They have been officially merged, but there are still two churches and Masses at both, so Fr. Anthony will continue to get to travel back and forth. It’s a good thing he likes cars!
It’s a canonical thing, but if you are wondering, Bishop Boyea appoints new pastors as parish administrators for their first year and then makes them officially the pastor the next year. Fr. Anthony will be the only priest at his new parish and he will be in charge. I am happy for Fr. Anthony and the people there as I know he prefers a smaller, country parish. We know what a good priest he is and how well he will do. As an added bonus, this parish as three garages, so there will be plenty of space for him to keep building cars. If you’re lucky, perhaps he’ll build one for you.
Fr. Anthony is ready to be a pastor. While we will miss his bubbly, chipper, extroverted presence and squishy homilies (that’s a joke, folks!), this is a good thing for him and for Jesus’ Church. So we can give thanks for his time here and the blessing he is. Seriously, he has brought the gift of sound, clear teaching, a readiness to bring God’s people the sacraments, to lead His Church in faithful worship, above all at the Mass, and his down to earth, clear thinking, no-nonsense approach. And he’s given us the Car Show!
We will be offering a goodbye and thank you to Fr. Anthony at Good Shepherd on Sunday, June 20 and at St. Robert on Sunday, June 27.
~ Fr. Jon