I would indeed offer my sincerest thanks to all those who truly honored me by their presence last week at the celebration of my 50th Anniversary of Ordination to the Priesthood. I cannot tell you how much it meant to me that you were here. I would also like to thank the Parish Council for all its efforts in putting together this event. I cannot thank you enough.
As I reflect on the honor that you have shown me, I realize that I am only the second pastor of St. Michael’s Parish and that I have been with you almost 44 years of your 64 years as a parish. I thank you for embracing my priesthood and would tell you that I am eternally grateful for having been allowed to be a part of your lives. Please know that you have been an influence on my life and I pray that, in some way, I have been a positive influence in your lives. May God bless all of you for your many kindnesses.