When I was ordained a priest in 2007, I thought I knew what my future would be. I had it all planned out and designed in my head. However, what I discovered when cooperating with God is that rarely are His plans the same as my plans. Earlier this month, it was mutually decided with the Archbishop that I would receive a new assignment. I made this decision with much thought, prayer, and with acknowledgement and humility that my charisms and skills can be put to best use in the high school as a chaplain and teacher. I have learned a lot, and am so grateful for the patience, prayers and love you all have shown me. I am sorry for any feelings I have hurt or any missteps I have made along the way. Please know of my love for you, this parish and our Catholic faith. I know this is difficult for the parish to go through another transition of pastors, as this parish has been through several in a relatively short amount of time, but I believe this is the best decision for this parish and me.
Beginning July 1st of this summer I will be assigned to Holy Family Catholic High School in Victoria, MN. The school has been seeking a full-time chaplain for several years and the Archbishop has asked me to fill that role. I will be serving as chaplain and teacher at the high school.
I am encouraged with the priest who is coming as the next pastor. His name is Fr. Nathan Laliberte. He is a young priest with experience as a pastor of a parish with a school. He comes from St. Maximilian in Delano, Minnesota. He is part of a group called the Companions of Christ, who are a fraternity of diocesan priests who make a commitment to prayer and common life together. To this end, Fr. Nathan will be living at St. John the Baptist in Savage, MN, just as I have been, where it happens that the associate is also a member of the Companions of Christ.
At this time of transition, I think it is very fitting that we are in the season of Easter. In the first few days of the Resurrection, the disciples were confused, questioning, and disoriented by what was happening about the unexpected changes that had occurred in their lives. They thought they knew what Jesus would do, but it didn’t happen as they planned. However, as we now know, God’s plan for the Easter Resurrection was so far better than all the designs they had created for themselves and it became a moment of great peace, and so too it will be for us at Nativity of Mary.
I will continue to hold the entirety of Nativity of Mary parish in my prayers as this has become a powerful part of my priesthood. May God bless you all with the peace that can only be found in Jesus Christ.
P.S. Please keep my standing reservation at White Castle.
Fr Nathan LaLiberte