It is my joy and privilege to take this opportunity to greet each of you personally as your new parish priest here at Holy Redeemer Church. I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for the way in which you welcomed me at the Masses last weekend. As you know, myself, Fr. Godwin and Fr. Julius, will be the new priests here, given the joyful responsibility of the pastoral care of all of you in the next years. Each of us is looking forward to working together in the parish and hope to treat each person with the respect and dignity which belongs to every person as their personal expression of God’s presence and love in the world.
As I take over responsibility as your new parish priest I would like to take this moment to express our thanks, on behalf of the Redemptorists, to Fr. Sean Wales, for the wonderful pastoral zeal and witness that he has offered here over the last number of years. Fortunately, as our newly elected Provincial, he will continue to reside at the Monastery, and we can guarantee that he will not disappear from sight!
Already, even after only a few days, I have seen that this parish is truly gifted with wonderful active structures, and a countless number of hugely devoted people, committed to service and to bringing the good news of the Gospel to many people. In the coming weeks and months I am going to depend on all of you to continue to foster this Gospel spirit, so that the love of God may be more and more manifest in our very blessed parish.
After 17 years of living in the quiet academic world of lecturing in philosophy I know that I will face many challenges in dealing with the joys and sorrows, the blessings and struggles of daily ordinary parish life. I entrust this new beginning to Jesus our Most Holy Redeemer, that we will all work together to continue to be signs of God’s love in the world.
Fr. Gerard, CSsR.