From the Pastor's Desk
Fr. Dan White, S.J.
August 17, 2014
As the academic year drew to a close last spring, a couple of the young Jesuits I live with asked me what I was doing for the summer. Striving to keep a straight face, I responded, “Incredibly, College Church stays open all year round.” It is important to keep the scholastics humble.
The parish feels a bit different during June, July and August but there is certainly not any break in the action. We have been busy with improvements to the ballroom and, as we know, our steeple. Religious education had another successful social justice camp and a pilgrimage to the shrine of St. Philippine Duchesne. Our strategic planning process has been a highlight of this summer. And there are weddings, lots of weddings.
One of the reasons I enjoy parish ministry is that it is like life itself: it just keeps on going. There is not a linear progression from point A to point B. Modeling the liturgical year, we experience the cycle of seasons over and over. It reminds us our Christian faith is not something we figure out, but rather is the daily, monthly and yearly experience of God’s labors in the world.
We have been blessed in a special way this summer with the presence of Fr. Michael Rozier, S.J. He has been a great gift to our community. College Church wishes him all the best as he begins doctoral studies at the University of Michigan later this month. God’s blessings!