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From the Pastor's Desk

Fr. Dan White, S.J.

 

 

June 26, 2016

This is the last full-week Fr. Quang will be with us. He will begin studies for a master’s degree at Harvard University this fall. Clearly a year at St. Francis Xavier is the perfect preparation for the hallowed halls of our nation’s most distinguished university.

I would like to take this chance to thank him for his labors and embarrass him, too. Fr. Quang threw himself into the chaos that is College Church from day one. This means the endless sacramental life of the parish: Sunday and weekday masses, confessions, weddings, funerals and baptisms. He also worked with the various other ministries like social outreach, religious education, and our speaker series. I am grateful especially for his leadership with the race and reconciliation group with the north city deanery. Fr. Quang has done every task with enthusiasm and generosity.

However, it is one thing to work hard. It is quite another to also work well. His preaching is outstanding, and his presiding at liturgy prayerful. Fr. Quang has been a great gift to our staff providing endless laughs, and helpful ideas. He gets along with everyone and shares his great love for God by simply being himself. Never having had an associate pastor, I personally found him a source of support and an awful lot of fun.

St. Ignatius Loyola once wrote every Jesuit has one foot on the ground and the other raised ready to move on to whatever is next. That is our mission. God’s blessings on what is to come. Know you are in our prayers, and that you will always have a home at Grand and Lindell.

Higher purpose. Greater good.
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