Bishop Dattilo appointed me your pastor 16 years ago and I was installed on June 16th, 2002. As I celebrate 30 years of priesthood, half of which have been spent here with you. I wish to express my deep love, affection, gratitude and appreciation for all of you. Cardinal Keeler ordained me a priest on May 14, 1988. Fourteen years later, I came here as your pastor.
I want to thank everyone who helped in the preparation and the planning of the reception today for my 30th anniversary. I am a blessed priest and a blessed pastor for being your shepherd in Perry County, which I affectionately call ‘the Upper West Shore.’ Father Casey gave an inspiring and awesome parish mission and we were richly blessed by his wisdom and holiness. Thank you to everyone who attended. He is a very good priest. And I want to thank Fr. Javed Kashif, OFM, Cap., for all his assistance from time to time. He is another excellent priest.
Bishop Gainer is ordaining 6 new priests in June. Pray for them and all the seminarians being ordained this summer across our nation.