On behalf of the students, faculty, and staff of Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic School, I wish to express my deep gratitude for your support of this important ministry of our Parish. This year I celebrated my 25th year as a priest. I came to Our Lady of Sorrows Parish from St. Catherine of Siena in Detroit which had a school that closed because many Catholics moved out of the area and others could not afford the cost. When I was asked to become Pastor of Our Lady of Sorrows in 2005 I was very humbled and scared because of its size, but I put my trust in God and in Mary, our Mother. In partnership with the faculty and staff of Our Lady of Sorrows, I knew we would be successful, especially if we did it with the heart of Christ. I knew I wanted to be at a Parish with a school and I knew there would be challenges, but my answer of “yes” to Our Lady of Sorrows has been one of the greatest joys of my life.
Make no mistake, our Catholic school at Our Lady of Sorrows IS a Catholic school. In my twelve years as Pastor the school has grown in size, because I’ve had the help of our faculty and staff, but especially through the grace of God. But what I am most proud of over the past twelve years as a Pastor is how much the school has grown in Catholic Identity. I witnessed this first hand during the final blessing of our 8th grade students at our last school Mass. I was so touched and humbled by how our strong Catholic identity reflected in each of them. These students were babies when I accepted my position as Pastor of Our Lady of Sorrows and I’ve had the honor and blessing of watching them grow and become the people they are today. I see Christ in each of them, and that is my hope for all of the students who we lovingly prepare for future years of success in schooling and life that they will continue to grow strong in their faith and reflect Christs’ love to everyone.
We cannot do this important work without your love and support. Thank you for letting me serve as your Pastor and for the financial support you’ve given our school through The Saints for Tomorrow Fund. Together we can continue to grow the kingdom of God….one child at a time.