On Thursday, Father Mahar jetted off to Rome to begin his assignment at the Dicastery for the Promotion of Integral Human Development. This is a very large office in the Vatican that works on “issues regarding migrants, those in need, the sick, the excluded and marginalized, the imprisoned and the unemployed, as well as victims of armed conflict, natural disasters, and all forms of slavery and torture”. Father Mahar will be working for this impressive dicastery (office) for an undetermined amount of time, although assignments to Rome typically last 5-6 years.
Father has asked that he keep his residence here at St. Paul’s. That means we are his official home in the United States. Of course I happily agreed! He will most likely be home for a month in the summer and often during the holidays. In the last year, Father Mahar has been a great presence in our parish with his fantastic homilies, reverent celebration of the Mass, and his joyful personality. He has become a part of the family. (My cat finally warmed up to him too!) In future bulletins, I will put his mailing address in Rome if you wish to send him a note. I’m sure he would appreciate kind words from home.
In other news, you may have noticed the ribbon around the tree in the driveway. Unfortunately, the poor tree is on its last leg. It is also causing the driveway in front of the garage to collapse in. I’m always afraid Claire or the Deacon will fall right through in the morning! We are looking at how to restructure that area to optimize parking, fix the driveway, and possibly put in our school playground. I’ll keep you updated.
In the Risen Christ,