Just a Thought…
In the church world, the month of July always seems like the transition period, not only with the fiscal year, but more importantly with “personnel.” And that certainly is the case this year at Old St. Pat’s. I stand particularly grateful to two people who will be moving on from our staff during these July days.
About six years ago, a wonderful woman named Kate Moffatt joined our staff as the Director of Development, a position which ultimately became known in more modern jargonas Institutional Advancement. Beyond any fancy titles which may or may not have applied perfectly, Kate really assumed a tremendous responsibility for the overall advancement of the mission of Old St. Patrick’s Church. Kate really “lived and breathed” the life of Old St. Pat’s and like all of our dedicated staff, she went above-and-beyond what any title or job description may have described as her responsibilities. She, like all the others, was involved in so many facets of our mission that far exceeded what a Development person may have typically done. Many of you became familiar with Kate through her excellent work at Old St. Pat’s, as she interacted quite often with our membership. In addition to growing our Sunday Giving Commitment, Kate also successfully launched our firstever Crossroads Runners, the charity team participating in the Chicago Marathon this October. I am sad she is leaving, but so very grateful for her significant contributions to our mission. She will be missed.
Two summers ago at the wedding of Eve and Steve Bonneau at Old St. Pat’s, I had the great fortune of meeting a wonderful young Jesuit who was in his final period of formation to be a Catholic priest. During the reception, I learned from this sharp young guy that after ordination, one of his desires was to work in a vibrant “parish” setting before assuming the teaching apostolate, which is typical for the Jesuits. After talking with the Jesuit Provincial, Old St. Pat’s was privileged to welcome the newly ordained Father Paul O’Connor, S.J., as our associate pastor for a one year period last July. I am extremely grateful to the Jesuits and to Paul for his outstanding presence and goodness to the church of Old St. Pat’s. It has been great fun watching Paul grow into his identity as a Catholic priest during this first year. His involvement as a young presider and homilist, in the RCIA, teaching in the Partners program, and finding himself involved in all the various facets of our mission from the GLBT to the FXW school to pastoral care has been awesome. Paul has done a great job and he will be a great priest. He is the kind of priest this church needs! We wish him well as he assumes his new role, teaching at St. Xavier High School in Cincinnati, Ohio.
A blessed summer to you,
Fr. Tom Hurley