This week I wanted to share with you about a few practical matters that it might be helpful for you to know. The first concerns the search for a new Principal of Holy Redeemer School. There is a Search Committee in place that is being overseen by Br. William Dygert, CSC, the Superintendent of Schools for the Archdiocese. While I have been asked not to share the names of our committee members, I believe that our committee of five is an impressive group and will do a fine job in vetting prospective candidates. I look forward to our meeting and deliberating together. I do believe that by Easter we should have identified someone for the position of Principal. If you could, please say a prayer from time to time for this intention.
It is hard to believe that “A Night for Heroes” Dinner and Auction is just around the corner on Saturday, March 2nd. Our Auction Committee has spent countless hours planning the big event. What most impresses me is that they always seem to have fun while they are doing it! If you are able, we would love to see you there. Everyone I have talked to said that it’s one of the finest parish events of the year. I’m also happy that one of my brothers-in-law will be coming out for it (I have five younger sisters, so more family members will follow) and will get to experience Holy Redeemer at its best.
Lastly, while some of you might be familiar with the structure of religious communities like the Franciscans, Jesuits or Holy Cross, most are not. In religious orders, we tend to be divided into regions in the countries where we serve called “Provinces.” In the United States we have three Provinces of Holy Cross, and Fr. Chris and I belong to the United States Province, based in South Bend, Indiana. Each Province is under the authority of an elected Provincial, and he is advised by a Provincial Council, which deals with vocation recruitment, formation programs for younger members, the appointment of Pastors and local superiors of our community houses, personnel matters, university matters, our overseas missions, and finances.
The Provincial Council meets once a month, except for June and July. Since I’m on the Provincial Council, I’m usually away for a few days around the third week of the month, but I am usually back by Saturday night. In my absence, Fr. Chris is the skipper and always keeps things running smoothly.
Have a blessed week ahead!
Yours in Christ,