A quick update on our new pastoral council here at St. Francis. Our new group had an orientation meeting in early June and we will meet again later in the summer to learn and talk more about the role of a pastoral council and how we see our work here. What I am looking for in a pastoral council is a group that is able to take a step back, learn about the parish, find structured ways to listen, and advise our staff and me on anything to do with the overall well-being of the parish. The chair of the new PC is Patrick Curran. We will have more information about the work of the council by the fall. At our orientation meeting I said to the group that I want to question the assumptions we make about our parish. Where are we living into our mission? Where are we falling short? We have a strong, healthy parish, for which we are all grateful. St. Francis was founded in 1982 (the founding pastor was a Jesuit!), and as we approach the 40th anniversary of our founding in 2022, we want to begin to look at where we’ve been, where we are, and where God is calling us to be in the future.
Every June, our Franciscan province recognizes those friars who have been professed for either 25 or 50 years and this June, our province is recognizing Fr. Jim Sabak for his 25 years of profession. Jim will be in New York next weekend for a provincial celebration along with other friars celebrating either 25 or 50 years. Congrats to Jim for his years of service.