Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,
Thank you to everyone who helped make Fr. William's appreciation and send-off party a great success! It was great to see so many parishioners express their gratitude to Fr. William for his 13 years of service to St. Paul's. I know he really appreciated all your kind words and prayers. Fr. William – you will be deeply missed!
Looking towards the future of the parish for the coming year, I am humbled and thankful for the Archbishop’s confidence in me to faithfully lead and shepherd this parish community in the name of Christ and of the Archdiocese of Portland as the newly appointed Administrator.
In preparation for the transition, in the coming weeks I will be consulting with the appropriate offices at the Archdiocese of Portland, Fr. Philip, the staff, and the parish Finance/Admin. & Pastoral Councils about the current state of the parish as well as reviewing and formulating administrative and pastoral priorities. Above all, I hope to continue to lead and minister to you in the name of Jesus Christ and to meet your spiritual needs to the best of my ability.
Prayerfully looking for words of comfort and support in sacred scripture, these words from our patron St. Paul come to mind: “I am grateful to him who has strengthened me, Christ Jesus our Lord, because he considered me trustworthy in appointing me to the ministry.” (1 Tim 1:12) Indeed, I count on your trust and support for my assignment as Administrator. Let us continue to pray for another, support one another through good works, and shine forth as living witnesses of Christ’s presence among us in the bonds of truth and charity. And may He lead us all together, unto everlasting life (RB 72).
Humbly and prayerfully yours in Christ,
Rev. Basil Lawrence, OSB