Dear St. Stephen’s Family and Friends,
Vickie and I were driving home from Mackinac Island this past week when Vickie looked at me and said, “Can you believe it’s almost June?” My answer was “no!” Yet, here we are a mere five days from the beginning of June. What a nine months this has been. Beginning as an “arranged marriage” between a community and a priest, by your graciousness and our common commitment to believe what St. Stephen’s has and is capable of becoming, we have worked this past year in those very directions. I’m very grateful for the welcome, openness, hospitality and love you have shown me. Please know that those feelings are mine for you as well. Serving here is an answer to prayer. Back to the date!
The date of June 1 is significant because I return home to Barrington on May 31 and, except for two scheduled visits to St. Stephen’s over the summer, return again after Labor Day. Originally this time off was due to the necessity of running a coffee shop on Mackinac Island, Michigan. Now that we no longer have the shop, the time will be spent in other ways. My original covenant with the Diocese of Northwestern Pennsylvania and with Bishop Sean is nine months a year, September 1 through May 31. Since technically I work for the Diocese and since that covenant is still in place, this means, with a few exceptions, I’m off for the summer.
What will Vickie and I be doing? First, because we’ve been gone from our home the past five summers, our domicile is in need of serious attention. We’ve got several significant projects that we will be undertaking along those lines. Second, we have a trip to Ireland in June. Third, we look to spend a good deal of time with our children, their significant others, and our extended family. Like Erie, the days between Memorial Day and Labor Day are precious and special in the Chicago area and we hope to enjoy them for the first time in six years. And finally, time to rest up and get ready for another program year with all of you.
Next week’s Voice of Vision will focus on how our life will continue on all fronts over the summer in anticipation of an exciting fall. Again, thank you!
Love and Blessings,