It is with mixed emotions that I inform you that Archbishop Wenski has given me permission to retire as pastor of St. Mary Magdalen Parish. I have immensely enjoyed my serving you for these past nine years. Yet, after prayer, reflection, and consultation, I know that the time is right for me to move on. Allow me to thank all of you for your many kindnesses to me and especially to thank all who have been so generous with your time, talent, and treasure in serving the mission of Christ to bring Good News to our parish.
The Archbishop has named a new priest to be Administrator of our parish starting June 15th. He is Father Aldonny Varela, a Venezuelan, born in the United States. He has been serving in St. Gregory Parish, Plantation, Florida, as a parochial vicar for the past few years. I am sure that you will give him a warm welcome and support as he embarks on his role as shepherd of this parish.
In the time that remains to me here, I will keep you in my mind, heart, and prayers. I ask the Lord, under the intercession of St. Mary Magdalen our patron to bring you many blessings. “May the Lord bless and keep you! The Lord let His face shine upon you and be gracious to you! The Lord look upon you kindly and give you peace!”