As you know, we have been closely evaluating our structures with the overall questions about what is working and what can be improved. We have all felt the struggle since taking on full responsibility for St. Anthony's this summer that four parishes just seems like too many churches to form effective community.
Parishioners in each parish have felt as though they are not being served well, and each of us priests have likewise felt that it is a challenge for us to be as present as we would like to be to each of the individual parishes.
Because of all of this, Bishop da Cunha has made the decision to remove St. Anthony's from our Collaborative and invite them to enter into a conversation with Santo Christo and Espirito Santo parishes about ways that those three parishes can engage in greater cooperation.
As of October 18, Fr. Maurice Gauvin, currently pastor of Espirito Santo, will become pastor of St. Anthony's while remaining pastor of Espirito Santo. Fr. Jason will move to St. Anthony's and continue to serve as parochial vicar. The three parishes will then begin a conversation about the ways that they can be strengthened together.
St. Mary's, St. Stan's, and Good Shepherd will continue to move forward in the collaborative as we have been, and I look forward to us all gathering on Wednesday, October 9, 6:30 p.m. at St. Stanislaus School for our ALL COLLABORATIVE ASSEMBLY to talk about this further.
I think it is the right move and the right time. And I think it is clear evidence that the Bishop is listening to us and making appropriate adjustments as needed.
It has been my honor and privilege to serve as pastor of St. Anthony's, even though briefly, and I have so enjoyed getting to know the wonderful people and hopeful spirit of the parish. Likewise, let me express my gratitude to Fr. Jason for his service to our community during his brief time with us.
Below is a letter from Bishop da Cunha explaining this change.