“Speak, Lord, your servant is listening” (1Sam. 3:1-10) has been my mantra for many years. Speak and lead me He has! From the first graduating class of St Henry School (1964) to third graduating class of Alter High School (1968) to the University of Dayton, His hand has been on my shoulder. I have taught high school English, been a high school catechist, been the Youth Minister here for 12 years, worked for the Archdiocese of Cincinnati for seven and a half years, and been here as Pastoral Associate since 2004. My responsibilities have been many and varied. And I have loved it all.
I have learned and grown at each point on this journey. Many folks have touched my life along the way. Each one has made a contribution to whom I am today. And for that I thank you.
I have had many opportunities to minister in the parish and the Archdiocese. These, too, have afforded me much growth and joy. I am grateful.
I have ministered alongside of many wonderful members of the clergy, parish staff, and Archdiocesan staff. Much of what I have done requires lots of volunteer help!! Volunteers are to be treasured and appreciated right along with the other laborers in the vineyard. Many hands do make light work.
At times, my family has taken a back seat to my ministry. They have never complained about sharing me and my time. They have been more than supportive. I am grateful to them and for the fact that I will no longer have to choose between my family and my ministry. Thanks to my hubby, kids, and grandkids.
Life is a journey with many detours, bypasses, curves, and some straight roads. It has been exciting and invigorating. There have been frustrations and pain, but that is just part of the journey. And so now the journey continues. It’s time to let the Lord speak and to follow where He leads. This is exciting and mysterious. Please continue to pray for me as I pray for you daily.