Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,
The Lord Jesus finishes his parable to us this Sunday with the words, “Much will be required of the person entrusted with much, and still more will be demanded of the person entrusted with more.” (Lk 12:48) It continues to be my great honor to shepherd the flock of Christ at St. Paul’s in Silverton. The Archbishop and you, the people of St. Paul’s, have entrusted much to my care. Like the servant in this Sunday’s gospel, I feel it only appropriate to periodically give an account of the stewardship of the temporal and spiritual goods left to my custody as your administrator. In recent weeks since my appointment I have met with both the Finance and Pastoral Councils for an all-day retreat and workday, spoken with my appointed supervisor, Fr. Philip Waibel, OSB a number of times, held two staff meetings, and opened my door to listen to a number of parishioners, ministry leaders and concerned individuals and groups on a wide range of topics. Emerging from these discussions are four primary areas of immediate concern that are critical to the life of the parish that I now wish to share with you in a sort of “state-of-the-parish,” if you will.